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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

Korea and New Zealand discuss carbon markets

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says New Zealand and Korea have begun joint discussions on developing carbon markets in the region. Yesterday’s inaugural meeting of the Environmental Committee, established under...

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KidsCan receives $50,000 for sanitary products

Minister for Women Paula Bennett and Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley have announced the Government is providing $50,000 over the next year to assist KidsCan supply schools with...

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Twenty additional police bases to go 24/7

Today’s announcement by Police about where the additional 880 sworn officers will be stationed means over 200,000 more New Zealanders will be covered by a 24/7 Police presence.“All New Zealanders...

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