Deborah Russell

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Dr Deborah Russell
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Lynn
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded byDavid Cunliffe
Personal details
Born14 January 1966
Whangamomona, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Professor Malcolm Wright

Dr Deborah Faye Russell (born 14 January 1966) is a New Zealand academic and politician. She is a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.


Early life[edit]

Russell was born in Whangamomona, a small town in the Manawatu-Wanganui region.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Russell worked in the private sector as an accountant, and in the public sector as a policy analyst. She has lectured at universities in both Australia and New Zealand in taxation, ethics, business ethics, political theory and philosophy. She was a senior lecturer specialising in taxation at Massey University.

Political career[edit]

Russell stood in the central North Island electorate of Rangitīkei at the 2014 election, but was defeated by the incumbent, National's Ian McKelvie.[2] Russell impressed the party leadership with her performance leading her to seek a safer seat to stand at the ensuing election.[3]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd New Lynn 30 Labour

In February 2017, Russell was selected as Labour's candidate for the Auckland electorate of New Lynn for the 2017 election, replacing former Labour Party leader David Cunliffe, who had, in the previous year, signalled his intention to retire from politics at the next election.[4] Russell promised to change her residence to the electorate if she was selected, and she now lives there.[3] Russell was ranked 30 on Labour's party list, up three places from 2014.[5]


  1. ^ "The "Taranaki girl" who wants to win over New Lynn". 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Official Count Results – Rangitīkei". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Battle to replace Labour's David Cunliffe in New Lynn heats up". The New Zealand Herald. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Deborah Russell to stand for Labour in New Lynn". The New Zealand Herald. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
David Cunliffe
Member of Parliament for New Lynn