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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

Kaikoura tourism promotion package on its way

An $870,000 support package will promote tourism in Kaikoura and other upper South Island districts impacted by last November’s earthquakes.The funding will help bring in more international visitors for the...

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Tourists continue to add value to NZ economy

Tourism spending over the summer high season continued to grow in most regions, providing jobs for regional New Zealand, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. According to the latest Monthly...

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China and New Zealand discuss climate change

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says China and New Zealand have experience and expertise to share about responding to climate change. Mrs Bennett today met with China’s top...

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Contact Hon Paula Bennett

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