Chris Penk

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Chris Penk
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Helensville
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by John Key
Majority 14,608
Personal details
Political party National

Christopher Aidan Penk is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

Personal life

Penk graduated from the University of Auckland in 1999 and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy, serving as an officer on HMNZS Te Kaha. He was an aide-de-camp for Governor-General Silvia Cartwright, before joining the Australian Defence Force for four years.[1]

After his military career, Penk became a property lawyer.[1] His father, Stephen, is an Associate Dean at the University of Auckland's Law school and his brother Alex is also a lawyer.[2]

Political career

At the 2014 election, Penk stood in the Kelston electorate, placing second behind Carmel Sepuloni.[3] Penk was ranked 68th on the National Party's party list and was not elected to parliament.

Member of parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd Helensville 64 National

Penk won selection as National's Helensville candidate for the 2017 election, replacing former prime minister John Key.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Navy officer Chris Penk chosen as National candidate to replace John Key in Helensville". Stuff.
  2. ^ "Third law graduate in family - The University of Auckland".
  3. ^ "Official Count Results – Kelston". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Key
Member of Parliament for Helensville
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