I’m really proud of everything I’ve achieved as Maungakiekie’s local MP this term. Some of the highlights are:

3,800+ phone-calls to elderly over lockdown

1,500+ community queries answered

'Crash Corner’ intersection in Onehunga fixed

Mt Wellington Residents’ Association, Masterplan and Community Patrols launched.

I've loved every minute of it! Being a part of this electorate is not just my job, it's my home. We have a fantastic community who is engaged, diverse and keen for action. I want to capture this in my work – see for yourself more of the things I’ve pushed across the line.

Community Advocacy

  • Assisted with more than 1,500 constituent issues
  • Created and launched the Mt Wellington Residents’ Association
  • Designed and led a Mt Wellington Masterplan that gives our community a village feel. I've brought together the Local Board, Council, and urban design contractors to get the work started.
  • Organised a protection vigil around Onehunga mosque during their Friday prayers right after the Christchurch shooting
  • Championed, on behalf of street residents, a co-signed elected member letter re: 56 Symonds St development/consenting issues
  • Held several online public meetings (Q&A) via Facebook livestream
  • Pushed the Minister of Health to increase security at the quarantine facilities in our community
  • Successfully called on Housing New Zealand (now Kāinga Ora) to translate the Oranga Development information books in Samoan, Tongan, Maori, Mandarin and Hindi.
  • Lobbied the Minister of Education on behalf of local schools to get more certainty on funding and building renovations
  • Highlighted the fire risk on One Tree Hill and called on the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to prioritise public safety during Auckland's driest spell
  • Proud sponsor of the annual Onehunga Festival and Manager of the Ellerslie Fairy Festival candy floss station that raises money for Ellerslie School


  • Fixed "Crash Corner", the notorious Church and Victoria Street intersection in Onehunga. This was one of Auckland's top 10 most dangerous intersections
  • Successfully called on Auckland Transport to install P120 parking limits on Hamlin Road, Mt Wellington, to help parents at Sylvia Park Kindergarten.
  • Pushed NZTA to engage with the community concerns about the Old Mangere Bridge replacement project
  • Improved stop sign visibility at Princes Street/Galway St in Onehunga
  • Increased signage for pedestrian crossing outside One Tree Hill College, and pushed for a raised pedestrian crossing that increases student safety
  • Presented a petition to Auckland Transport calling for the reinstatement of the 31X bus that linked Onehunga, Greenlane and One Tree Hill to Auckland CBD
  • Championed numerous local projects with Auckland Transport that increased safety on our local roads for commuters and pedestrians


  • Created and managed a 120 volunteer network to help local seniors during Covid lock-down. We phoned over 2,600 seniors and helped deliver food parcels/pharmaceuticals to those in need. 
  • Organised volunteers to help Summerset Retirement Village with grocery assistance during lock-down
  • Created the "Art of Appreciation" competition for local children to send thank you art to front-liners and essential workers
  • Advocated on behalf of Ellerslie Gardens and called for urgent action to protect the residents during a COVID outbreak
  • Helped businesses with their wage subsidy and provided greater certainty during lock-down

Crime and Safety

  • Created and launched Mt Wellington Community Patrols. Secured $1,500 in funding for the new group
  • Successfully called for the installment of surveillance cameras for rubbish dumping on Dunkirk Road in Panmure
  • Held multiple public meetings on crime and safety across the electorate with Police and local crime prevention groups
  • Ran nine "Coffee with a Cop" sessions across the electorate
  • Pushed for an increase in surveillance at One Tree Hill’s summit car-park

Policy and Legislation

  • Spokesperson for the Local Government (Auckland) portfolio and led the work around Auckland Council accountability that was included in our Transport and Infrastructure Discussion Document
  • Created a Rate Your Council feedback campaign to capture experience of Auckland Council
  • Sat on the Education and Workforce Select Committee
  • Sat on the Governance and Administration Select Committee
  • Visited Canada to learn about the impact of the legalisation of Cannabis
  • Hosted delegates from the Tongan Parliament to learn about NZ's Parliament
  • Hosted residents and community stakeholders with Hon Nikki Kaye and shared on the future of education
  • Championed the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Amendment Bill which was selected for debate in Parliament, and led the National Party response to the Government's pay equity bill.
  • Mentored a youth MP, Jessica McKnight, from One Tree Hill College
  • Facilitated a meeting with MP Nicola Willis and local ECE managers about the future of early childhood education
  • Repeatedly acted on the community's behalf and raised with Kāinga Ora issues in their Sustainable Tenancies Policy
  • Raised concern with the Ministry of Education about changes to zoning for local schools, and failure to acknowledge pending roll growth due to local social housing developments
  • Proudly showed off Maungakiekie to 11 other National Party MPs and the Leader of the Party

Out and About

  • Visited 19 local schools
  • Held 11 community clean-ups across the electorate in Mt Wellington, Onehunga, Ellerslie, Panmure and Point England.
  • Hosted 400+ senior citizens for morning tea with several MP guest speakers
  • Hosted annual ‘thank you’ morning teas for Justices of the Peace and volunteers in the Maungakiekie electorate
  • Held 40+ community “Meet Denise Lee MP” café sessions, no appointment necessary
  • Ran multiple colouring competitions for local schools celebrating World Book Day, World Teachers' Day and Christmas
  • Succesfully fundraised for Blue September, Breast Cancer, Cancer Society, Hearing House, and other local charities