Chris Penk

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Chris Penk

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Helensville
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded byJohn Key
Personal details
Political partyNational

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

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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