New Zealand National Party
19 October 2016
National selects Mt Roskill candidate
Parmjeet Parmar has been selected by the National Party to contest the Mt Roskill by-election.
Dr Parmar entered Parliament following the 2014 election. Since then she has worked as National’s List MP based in Mt
“This election is about ensuring people in the Mt Roskill electorate have a dedicated local MP to stand up for their
interests. I’m really excited to be running,” Dr Parmar says.
“Despite no Government ever winning a by-election off the Opposition, and the deal done by Labour and Greens for the
seat, I will run a strong campaign to offer a clear choice to Mt Roskill voters.
“Mt Roskill is an area I’m passionate about because it truly reflects the best about Auckland and New Zealand. It’s full
of diverse families who care about one another and work hard. There are a huge range of businesses, large and small,
providing job opportunities for people from right across the city.
“Like any part of Auckland, it also has challenges. Local residents need an electorate MP who understands their concerns
and advocates tirelessly for them to ensure both central and local government is delivering results.
Dr Parmar says the National-led Government has worked hard to deliver more for Mt Roskill and her campaign would give a
strong account of that work.
“From National’s strong economic management, to the comprehensive plan that is increasing the housing supply, to record
investment in vital infrastructure like transport and health.
“I’ve been working hard in Parliament for the people of Mt Roskill for the last two years, so this by-election is a
fantastic opportunity to talk about the issues that I know people care about.”
Biographical Notes – Dr Parmjeet Parmar
Dr Parmjeet Parmar is a scientist, businesswoman, broadcaster and community advocate.
She was born in India and migrated to New Zealand in 1995. A proud mother of two sons, she lives in Auckland with her
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.
Prior to entering Parliament, Dr Parmar was 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
of running a small business.
Naturally community-minded, Dr Parmar has also served as a Families Commissioner, a Community Representative on the Film
and Video Labelling Body, and as Chair of the NZ Sikh Women’s Association.