Paulo Garcia has been selected by local party members as National’s New Lynn candidate for the 2017 General Election.

Mr Garcia is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Originally from the Philippines, Mr Garcia has lived in New Zealand for over a decade and considers himself a proud Kiwi Pinoy. He co-founded the New Zealand Philippines Business Council and in 2012 was appointed an Honorary Consul-General for the Philippines.

“It’s a great honour to be chosen by National and especially our local membership here in New Lynn,” Mr Garcia says.

“One of the things that drew me to New Zealand was its reputation as a place where anyone who worked hard and cared about their community could get ahead.

“New Lynn is full of people who live this attitude. It’s a community I’ve come to know well, a really positive mix of born-and-bred New Zealanders through to brand new Aucklanders.

“I’ll be working hard to earn their trust to serve as a strong local voice in a National Government that knows how to deliver.

“I’m standing for National because it’s a party that welcomes diversity and understands the needs of New Zealanders of all backgrounds no matter where you live or where you’re from.

“Bill English and his team understand the needs of Auckland and New Lynn well. Because of their leadership, people here are getting ahead, with incomes rising and businesses growing.

“I’ll be running a strong campaign to join a Government that is growing the city’s economy, building the infrastructure we need for growth, and supporting those most in need.”

Biographical Notes: Paulo Garcia

Paulo is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Originally from the Philippines, he moved here over a decade ago, requalifying and working for various firms before establishing his own practice – GarciaLaw.

Paulo has been a solicitor volunteer for the Eden Albert CAB since 2007 – a role that has expanded to the service of four other CABs.

In 2008, with a handful of friends in business, Paulo founded the New Zealand Philippines Business Council. Subsequently, he was appointed an Honorary Consul General for the Philippines in 2012.

Paulo has been married and in his own words “in love” with Malu for 26 years. They have 4 daughters and together they enjoy the outdoors, long drives and fishing. He is a keen cook and understands the immense value of diplomacy over the dinner table.

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