Deborah was elected to Parliament in the General Election of 2017 and is the Member for New Lynn, Labour Party. She is Chairperson of the Environment Select Committee and a member of the Finance and Expenditure committee.

Deborah is a tax expert, and she is a regular commentator on economic, social and political issues.  She has worked in the private sector, including running her own small consulting company, and in the public sector, as well as lecturing at universities in Australia and New Zealand.  Deborah’s doctoral thesis was on multiculturalism, looking at the ways that people from different ethnicities and countries can live alongside and with each other in thriving societies. 

Deborah lives in the New Lynn electorate.  She and her husband Malcolm have three daughters, Ruth and twins Sophia and Bridgid.