New Zealand Labour Party

Meet the team: Deborah Russell

This election, Labour has welcomed 18 new MPs to our team in Parliament. We've asked them a few questions about their first couple of weeks here, and what they're most looking forward to as an MP. First up: our new MP for New Lynn, Deborah Russell!

What’s been the highlight of your first two weeks?

Families! Meeting Willow-Jean’s baby, and cuddling Kiri’s baby, and hearing about Jamie’s kids climbing the trees in Parliament grounds, and having my husband and our daughters visit me at Parliament. All the beautiful children: that’s why I want to do this job.

What’s the most daunting thing you’ve encountered so far at Parliament?

All the information that’s been thrown at us.

Have you got lost in the building yet? How many times?

Yes! About three times, I think.

Without giving too much away, what are you going to talk about in your maiden speech?

My brother-in-law.

What are you most looking forward to when Parliament starts?

Getting on with the job.

Who’s your favourite historical Labour Prime Minister, and why?

Norman Kirk, for that quote of his that we hear so often: “Someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work and something to hope for.”

Is there anything about being an MP you’re apprehensive about?

Managing time with my family.

What are some issues you’ll be focusing on as an MP?

Revitalisation of Avondale, housing in the New Lynn electorate.

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