Parmjeet Parmar Nat caniddate for Mt Roskill


National Party members have selected Dr Parmjeet Parmar as their candidate for the Mt Roskill electorate.

“Parmjeet is an exceptional candidate. She has a genuine connection to the community and truly represents the people of Mt Roskill. I know she will apply her skills to work tirelessly for them in a National-led Government,” said Northern Regional Chair Andrew Hunt.

Dr Parmar said she felt privileged to be chosen to contest the seat.

“It’s a great honour to be selected as National’s candidate for Mt Roskill,” said Dr Parmar.

“Mt Roskill communities are making real strides under John Key’s National-led Government. We’re seeing a stronger economy with more jobs, better public services in health and education, and safer communities with crime at a 35-year low.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and about to engage with voters because Mt Roskill deserves a strong voice in Parliament and another strong, stable National Government.”

Biographical Notes – Dr Parmjeet Parmar

Dr Parmjeet Parmar is a scientist, businesswoman, broadcaster and community advocate with over 20 years professional experience.

She was born in India and migrated to New Zealand in 1995. A proud mother of two, she lives in Auckland with her husband Ravinder.

Dr Parmar holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, as well as Bachelor and Masters degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Pune in India.

More recently, Dr Parmar has been the Operations Director of her family’s Auckland-based Kiwi Empire Confectionery, a confectionery and natural health product manufacturing enterprise. She knows first-hand the challenges running a small business brings.

Naturally community-minded, Dr Parmar currently serves as a Families Commissioner, Community Representative on the Film and Video Labelling Body, and as Chair of the NZ Sikh Women’s Association.

Dr Parmar will stand down from her position on the Families Commission effective immediately to campaign.

She has committed to move into the electorate if elected.

National has again selected a very able candidate who has a varied background and many skills which would make her an asset in parliament.

Mt Roskill is another previously red electorate that is now more purple.

Phil Goff holds the seat, winning 57.15% of the votes cast, but Labour got only 43.61% of the party vote, not much ahead of National which attracted 39.53%.

O’Connor for Tamaki


National’s Tamaki electorate has selected SImon O’Connor as the party’s candidate.

A media release from electorate chair Andrew Hunt says:

A shortened selection process was conducted after Tamaki MP Allan Peachey announced his decision to stand aside at the election.

Simon is an active member of the National Party. He has held numerous offices, and managed
a variety of projects for the Party. Among them, he has been a Deputy Regional Chair, an Electorate Chair, Campaign Manager, and strategist, and a list candidate in 2008.

He is currently a Contracts Manager for Southern Cross Health Society, negotiating agreements with medical specialists and hospitals around the country. He recently completed a Masters in Political Studies at the University of Auckland with First Class Honours. He holds three other degrees and trained for several years to be a Catholic Priest. Though he completed his training, he did not seek ordination. Instead, he sought wider involvement in the community to make
a practical, hands-on difference.


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