Penk vy­ing to re­place Key

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DANIELLE CLENT

The man can make pasta from scratch and is vy­ing to move into the seat left va­cant by John Key.

Na­tional Party can­di­date Chris Penk in­tended to win He­lensville with lead­er­ship and ad­vo­cacy skills.

Penk said he learnt lead­er­ship dur­ing his time as a naval of­fi­cer, and ad­vo­cacy skills as a lawyer.

His in­ter­est in pol­i­tics be­gan at the age of 16 but he didn’t join the party un­til 2008.

The 37-year-old ran in the Kel­ston elec­torate in 2014 and re­ceived a to­tal of 9724 votes. He lost to Labour’s Carmel Sepu­loni who re­ceived 15,091 votes.

Penk said the per­sonal val­ues he held helped him find a home with Na­tional.

His views on abor­tion were on par with the cur­rent law and he wouldn’t sup­port a change to it.

A baby should have as many hu­man rights inside the womb as it did out­side of it, he said.

The Glen Eden res­i­dent said he was run­ning in He­lensville be­cause of its di­ver­sity.

‘‘It’s a real mix so I think from that point of view, it’s very ex­cit­ing and a very chal­leng­ing sort of en­vi­ron­ment more so than other Auck­land-based elec­torates.’’

Penk said the main is­sue in the elec­torate was ‘‘trans­port, trans­port and trans­port’’.

He said in­vest­ment was al­ready tak­ing place to help but more was needed.

A com­muter train ser­vice needed to get up and run­ning to the nor-west, Penk said. It would be a rel­a­tively ‘‘easy win’’ as the rail line was al­ready there.

DANIELLE CLENT/STUFF

Na­tional Party can­di­date for He­lensville Chris Penk and his 5-year-old dog Barkley.

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