Denise Lee has been selected by National as its Maungakiekie candidate in the 2017 general election.

Lee has lived in the central Auckland electorate for close to 20 years and currently serves on the Auckland Council representing the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward.

"Maungakiekie is a place I'm deeply connected to, that I am proud to consider my home, so I'm thrilled to be selected," Lee said.

"The electorate takes in some incredibly diverse parts of Auckland, including Tamaki, Panmure, Penrose and Ellerslie. We've got hardworking families, great schools, and a huge range of fantastic local businesses."


Lee said she hoped to "earn Maungakiekie's trust to join Bill English's united team that will build on the successes of the last few years, with a plan to make Kiwis better off at work and at home, and the means to achieve it".

She is the daughter of Graeme Lee, a former National MP.

MP Sam Lotu-Iiga, who is retiring, won the seat in 2014 with a majority of 2348.

The Labour candidate is Priyanca Radhakrishnan.