Simeon Brown

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Simeon Brown

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pakuranga
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Maurice Williamson
Personal details
Born1991 (age 2728)
Political party National
Alma mater University of Auckland
Twitter @SimeonBrownMP

Simeon Peter Brown [1] (born 1991) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

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New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.


Personal life

Brown lives in Auckland with his wife Rebecca. Prior to entering Parliament, Brown worked as a commercial banker as a senior associate with the Bank of New Zealand. He studied at the University of Auckland, attaining a conjoint degree in law and commerce in 2015. [2] Brown actively fought for the right of official affiliation at the University of Auckland for his group 'Prolife Auckland' while he was president. [3]

Bank of New Zealand financial institution located in New Zealand

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University of Auckland university in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.

Political career

Brown first entered the political scene in 2013 when he was elected a member of the Auckland Council Manurewa Local Board, on which he also served as deputy-chair. [2] In 2014 he contested the seat of Manurewa unsuccessfully for the National Party. [4] Three years later at the 2017 general election Brown stood in the electorate of Pakuranga. The Pakuranga electorate has been a safe seat for National since 1987 and since then it had been held by Maurice Williamson. Brown was selected as the National Party's candidate to replace Williamson after he decided not to seek re-election. [5]

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Manurewa (New Zealand electorate) New Zealand electorate

Manurewa is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate in southern Auckland. Louisa Wall has represented the electorate since the 2011 election.

Pakuranga (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Pakuranga is a New Zealand Parliamentary electorate. It gave the Social Credit Party one of its few MPs when Neil Morrison held the seat from 1984 to 1987, but otherwise the electorate seat has been held by the National Party since 1972. Its current MP is Simeon Brown who has held the electorate since the 2017 general election.

As a member of the Manurewa Local Board, Brown entered a submission to parliament in which he opposed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 which allows same-sex couples to legally marry. [6] The online news site Newsroom described him as a "conservative" during the campaign. [7]

Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 law passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives legalizing gay marriage

The Marriage Amendment Act 2013 is an Act of Parliament in New Zealand, which since 19 August 2013, allows same-sex couples to legally marry.

Member of Parliament

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Brown was elected to Parliament in the Pakuranga electorate in the 2017 general election with a majority of 14,886 votes. [8]

In February 2018, a private member's bill introduced by Brown was drawn from the ballot. The Bill would ensure that anyone who supplies illegal synthetic drugs receives a penalty consistent with the penalty prescribed for supplying a Class C Drug. [9] The Bill was strongly supported by family members of synthetics victim Calum Jones. [10]

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  1. "Daily progress for Tuesday, 7 November 2017". New Zealand Parliament. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. 1 2 Taylor, PJ (24 March 2017). "Youthful banker gets nod in Pakuranga". Eastern Courier. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  3. "Pro-Life Club Affiliates at University of Auckland | Scoop News". Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. "Official Count Results – Manurewa (2014)". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. Jones, Nicholas (26 July 2016). "National and Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson to leave Parliament". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. "Submission by Simeon Brown on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Bill to the Government Administration Select Committee".
  7. "The Sure Things: Simeon Brown". Newsroom. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  8. Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "E9 Statistics - Electorate Status".
  9. "Bills (proposed laws)".
  10. Leask, Anna (6 February 2018). "Synthetics: Family of victim team up with MP on law-change push". New Zealand Herald.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Maurice Williamson
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga