Darien Fenton is a third-term Labour List MP working on the North Shore of Auckland.
She was raised in the Manawatu and studied at Victoria University. After living in India, where she taught music to Indian children and acted in Bollywood films, she returned to New Zealand, met her partner John and raised their son, Aisha in the Northland settlement of Maungakaramea.
Darien has lived in a variety of countries, including Hong Kong, the UK and India.
Her jobs have been many and varied, including working for Playcentre, being a self-employed music teacher, working at the Tower of London for the Master of Armouries in the UK and at the University of Auckland.
She became active in the union movement in the late 1980’s, and in 1997 was elected as the first woman Secretary of the Service and Food Workers Union, representing tens of thousands of New Zealanders working in hotels, hospitals, aged care, factories and schools.
She was also Vice President of the NZ Council of Trade Unions from 1999 – 2003 and was the Affiliates Vice President of the Labour Party from 2003 – 2005.
Since she has been in Parliament, she has continued her advocacy for low paid workers and their families. Darien says she is proud of Labour’s record and she is determined to defend it.
In her first parliamentary term, Darien served on the Health Select Committee, the Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee, the Officers of Parliament Committee and was Deputy Chair of the Government Administration Committee.
In opposition, Darien is Labour’s Spokesperson for Tourism, and Associate Spokesperson for Immigration, Transport, Labour and Arts, Culture & Heritage.
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