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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

Police Minister to Solomon Islands for RAMSI farewell

Police Minister Paula Bennett will travel to Honiara tomorrow to mark the draw-down of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). “In 2003 political instability and conflict posed...

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Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel announced

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett today announced the panel for the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund to help local communities respond to increased visitor numbers. The panel will be...

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Appointments to New Zealand Tourism Board

Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett today announced the appointment of Jan Hunt and the reappointment of Chris Parkin as members of the New Zealand Tourism Board. Mrs Hunt is...

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1 Molesworth St
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Auckland, Auckland 0614
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