Parmjeet Parmar selected by National to contest the Mt Roskill by-election
The National Party has named sitting list MP Parmjeet Parmar to contest the Mt Roskill by-election, after the electorate seat was vacated by newly elected Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
Parmar will run against Labour's Michael Wood in a by-election on December 3.
The electorate has been in Labour hands since its creation in 1999, but despite this, Parmar said she was "really excited to be running".
"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."
Parmar migrated to New Zealand from India in 1995 and entered Parliament following the 2014 election, where she has since worked as National's List MP based in Mt Roskill.
She lives in Auckland with her husband Ravinder, and two children.
She said Mt Roskill was an area that "truly reflects the best about Auckland and New Zealand".
Before entering Parliament, Parmar was the operations director of her family's Auckland-based Kiwi Empire Confectionery business.
She 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.