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In the current National-led Government, Hon Simon Bridges MP is Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Transport, Minister for Communications, Associate Minister of Finance, and Deputy Leader of the House.

Prior to standing for Parliament, Simon was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the District and High Courts. He had been a prosecutor in Tauranga since 2001, working largely on jury trials. He moved to Tauranga from a role as a litigation lawyer in Auckland.

Simon was educated at the University of Auckland, completing a BA (Political Science and History) and a LLB (Hons).  He later completed a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, where he met his wife Natalie.

He also went to the London School of Economics and worked as an intern at the British House of Commons, after receiving the Chevening-Hansard Society Fellowship.

Simon was selected as the National Party’s candidate for Tauranga in June 2008, and elected that year as the Member for Tauranga. He was re-elected in 2011 and again in 2014.

Simon has been a member of the Law and Order Select Committee, the Auckland Governance Select Committee, the Maori Affairs Select Committee and Deputy-Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. He was also the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee until he became a Minister in April 2012.

Simon and Natalie live in Tauranga with their sons Emlyn and Harry.

Latest news by Hon Simon Bridges

New Zealand to participate in Expo 2020 in Dubai

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Trade Minister Todd McClay have announced that New Zealand will participate in World Expo 2020, to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates....

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Bridges to travel to the United Arab Emirates

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow for meetings with Ministerial counterparts in Dubai.“New Zealand’s relationship with the UAE continues to go from...

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Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill progresses

The Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill has been reported back to Parliament today following consideration by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.   Economic Development Minister Simon...

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1 Molesworth St
Wellington, Wellington 6011
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(04) 817 6835
35A Third Ave
Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty 3110
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