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Paula has lived in Auckland since 1992, first in the North Shore and now in West Auckland. She grew up in Taupo.

She became a Minister of the Crown in 2008 after being elected to Parliament in 2005.

She became MP for Upper Harbour in 2014 with a majority of close to 9,000 votes, after having served as MP for Waitakere for six years.

Upon National taking office in 2008, Paula was made Minister for Social Development, a role she held until October 2014. She describes the positive impact she was able to make in the lives of our most vulnerable as one of the highlights of her career so far. Paula’s tenure makes her the longest serving Minister of Social Development in New Zealand’s history.

Now ranked number two in Cabinet, Paula is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Minister of Police, Minister of State Services, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for Women. She’s excited by the diversity of her new portfolios and remains focused on making sure Government delivers results for hard-working Kiwis.

Latest news by Hon Paula Bennett

New laws to monitor drug and alcohol use

New laws will allow Police and Corrections to better ensure offenders in the community or defendants on bail are adhering to conditions not to consume alcohol or drugs, say...

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NZ to provide $1.3m for Fiji climate conference

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee have today announced that New Zealand will provide $1.3 million to support Fiji’s presidency of the United Nations Climate...

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International visitors projected to spend $15 billion

New Zealand’s tourism sector is forecast to grow significantly over the next seven years, with international visitors projected to spend $15.3 billion a year by 2023, Tourism Minister Paula...

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1 Molesworth St
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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(04) 817 6815
22 Westgate Dr
Auckland, Auckland 0614
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(09) 832 7161