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 of Social Development, a role she held until October 2014. The positive impact she’s been able to make in the lives of our most vulnerable is 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 five in Cabinet, Paula is Minister of State Services, Social Housing and Climate Change Issues and the Associate Minister for the Tourism and Finance portfolios. She’s enjoys and maximises the synergy between her responsibilities and focusses on ensuring Government delivers results for New Zealanders.
Hon Paula Bennett is a senior Cabinet Minister in New Zealand’s Government, holding portfolio responsibilities for Climate Change Issues, State Services and Social Housing. She is also the Associate Minister of Finance and Tourism. Prior to this, she was New Zealand’s longest serving Minister of Social Development, responsible for the nation’s welfare and social support services.
First elected to Parliament in 2005, Paula represents the Upper Harbour electorate in Auckland. She enjoys the synergy between her responsibilities and is focused on ensuring the Government delivers results for New Zealanders.