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 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. 

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




'I don't trust them completely' - Marama Fox likens Foreshore and Seabed to Labour's water tax

Marama Fox says she could absolutely see Labour’s water tax ending up as a court battle like the Foreshore and Seabed.

In TVNZ's minor party debate, the Maori Party co-leader said if Labour was to put a tax on water, it does not mean the Crown has ownership.

"The Waitangi Tribunal came out and said Maori have rights akin to ownership in water," she said. 

"We need to recognise those rights under the Treaty of Waitangi and we need to work together as a community."

She said did not trust Labour "completely" when it came to them placing a tax on water, and likened it to the Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004. 

"I can work with them and I'd be happy to work with them to ensure we do have an independent voice."


The Maori Party co-leader says if there was a tax on water, it does not mean the Crown has ownership. Source: 1 NEWS