ABOUT ME

I'm Benjamin Lee and I'm standing as a Councillor in the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward and as a Local Board Member in the Albert-Eden (Maungawhau) Local Board.

I'm 29 years old and I currently work as a data analyst in the aviation industry. I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2009 with a BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in History and did five years in commercial and institutional banking before my current role.

Outside of work, I serve the community as a mentor in the Project K programme and volunteer in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. 

In my spare time, I pursue my childhood dream of flying aeroplanes and love to cook. As a perennial optimist, I am picking the Blues to win the Super 18 next year.

WHY I'M STANDING

Auckland is in desperate need of better care and in need of people who will manage your rates carefully, provide practical solutions, and respect our local communities. The city will require intensification and improvements in public transport to handle the influx of 895 new people every week. However, we also need to make sure this growth is prudent and respectful of the heritage that makes Auckland unique.

But why do I really want to do this?

Simply put, I believe I owe New Zealand and Auckland for the opportunities this country and city has given me: the opportunity to gain an education and graduate from Engineering school, the opportunity to own a home in Balmoral, and the opportunity to give back through public service. 

WHAT I'M STANDING FOR

  • Growing Auckland with care

  • Growing Auckland responsibly

  • Respecting your views and your rates

For specific policy issues, take a look at the Issues section.

ABOUT C&R

C&R (Communities and Residents) is Auckland's largest local political group and has existed for over 79 years. It is a voluntary grass-roots association of members, Its purpose is to provide leaders for Auckland’s development, both locally and regionally. We do this by encouraging and supporting like-minded people both as candidates and as elected local government members of Councils, Boards and Trusts across the Auckland Region.

We care about growth of jobs, business competitiveness, our built and natural environments, and the social fabric and heritage of each community. We are prudent spenders of ratepayers' money and will focus Council investment on obtaining value for money. We will not unfairly shift debt to future generations.

As a group, C&R has a policy of working collaboratively. The group, its candidates, and elected members will work constructively and respectfully with independent elected members and independent candidates with whom we have shared values and shared vision for the Auckland region as well as those who share fundamental principles and approaches to making Auckland the most livable and affordable city to call home.

The Team

Christine Fletcher and Benjamin Lee

Christine Fletcher and Benjamin Lee

David Burt, Lee Corrick, Rachel Langton and Benjamin Lee

David Burt, Lee Corrick, Rachel Langton and Benjamin Lee

Jeffrey Johnston, Callum Lo, Angela Olsen and Monique Poirier

Jeffrey Johnston, Callum Lo, Angela Olsen and Monique Poirier

Dev Bhardwaj, Ella Kumar, John Lister, Mosa Mafileo, Michael Smith   and Nigel Turnbull

Dev Bhardwaj, Ella Kumar, John Lister, Mosa Mafileo, Michael Smith and Nigel Turnbull