Dr Parmjeet Parmar is the National List MP based in Mt Roskill and Opposition’s Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation and Associate Spokesperson for Economic Development. She is the Chair of the Education and Workforce Select Committee.
Dr Parmar became the first Indian born woman to be a Member of Parliament in New Zealand when she first got elected in the 2014 General Election.
Dr Parmar holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, as well as Bachelor and Masters degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Pune in India.
Prior to entering Parliament, Dr Parmar worked as a scientist, businesswoman, broadcaster and community advocate. As a scientist, she understands the importance of adequate funding as well as providing the opportunities for scientists to support innovation and as a businesswoman, she knows first-hand the challenges of running a small manufacturing business.
Naturally community-minded, Dr Parmar has also served as a Families Commissioner, a Community Representative on the Film and Video Labelling Body, and as Chair of an association helping victims of domestic violence.
In the 51st Parliament, she served as the Deputy Chair of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee, a member of the Social Services Select Committee and Chair of the Science and Innovation Caucus Committee.
In 2017 the Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill, a member’s bill in her name was drawn from the ballot and came before the House for its first reading which could not be completed due to lack of time in the 51st Parliament. Her Bill which is to give the best possible start to newborns by ensuring they are enrolled with a General Practice of the family’s choice before they are 6 weeks old is now going to be debated in the 52nd Parliament.
Along with her professional background, her background as an immigrant gave her the opportunity to understand the importance of the rich and diverse cultures that creates a large part of New Zealand’s identity.
On the personal front, she is a proud mother of two sons. She lives in Auckland with her husband Ravinder, both boys - Jagmeet and Abhijeet, and their very handsome dog Goldberg.