|Member of Parliament|
23 September 2017
|Maungakiekie-T?maki Ward Councillor|
13 October 2013 - 12 October 2017
|Born||4 December 1970|
Paeroa, New Zealand
|Political party||New Zealand National Party |
Auckland Future (Local)
|United Future (until 2009)|
Denise Adrienne Lee (previously known as Denise Krum), born 4 December 1970, is a New Zealand politician who has been the National Party's Member of Parliament for the Maungakiekie electorate since 2017. She was previously an Auckland Council local body councillor.
She was married and known as Denise Krum during the start of her political career, before returning to her maiden name following the 2016 local election.
During the 2008 general election, Lee stood in Maungakiekie for United Future. Lee was President of United Future at the time. She later left United Future and joined the New Zealand National Party. She stood on the party list during the 2011 election but was not ranked high enough to be elected.
|2013–16||Maungakiekie-T?maki||Communities & Residents|
Lee was elected to the Auckland Council as a Communities & Residents candidate at the 2013 elections, defeating incumbent and former Labour MP Richard Northey. She ran on the Auckland Future ticket during the 2016 local elections, and was re-elected with an increased majority.
In 2017 she announced she would seek selection as the National Party's candidate for Maungakiekie at the 2017 general election. On 7 March 2017 Lee was selected as National's candidate for Maungakiekie. She was elected at the 2017 general election with a majority of almost 2000 votes.
In her maiden speech, Lee noted that the driving force behind her political career was the death of her son. She said that;
Politics really did become personal for me then. A flick of the pen, the wording of an amendment, an exchange in this debating chamber--Parliament's processes affect everyday lives.
When the 52nd Parliament opened, she was appointed as a member of the Education and Workforce select committee.