Who is Damian Light? 'Speed-dating' with the new face of United Future, the unexpected hit of 1 NEWS' minor parties debate

New Zealand met the new face of United Future this evening, 33-year-old Aucklander Damian Light who has had his looks likened to American actor Ryan Gosling and caused the United Future website to crash.

The unknown face of the multi-party leaders debate, United Future's leader Damian Light, gives a "speed dating" run down of who he is, where he lives and what he does. Source: 1 NEWS

The Peter Dunne replacement was asked by TVNZ 1 political reporter Katie Bradford after the deabte, "who are you?"

"This is like speed-dating," he said.

So who is the new candidate causing social media to spin?

"Born and bred in Auckland, lived here my whole life, I'm 33, I live in Botany with my boyfriend, I work for a state-owned enterprise," Mr Light said. 

'Damian Light' is trending second on New Zealand Twitter searches. 

He assured reporters that United Future was "not dead" after the shock departure of Mr Dunne, who was the party's only elected representative until deciding to retire before the upcoming election.