Charisma, grit, strength, and resilience describe Paula Bennett, from a teenage solo mum to Deputy Prime Minister - Paula is a character who will surprise and delight!
Paula is currently the Director of Strategic Advisory at Bayleys Commercial and in 2021 became a Co-Host of the TVNZ game show, Give Us A Clue.
Prior to this, she had a remarkable parliamentary career spanning 15 years. Her roles in New Zealand politics included being a list MP, an electorate MP for 12 years and earning a seat in Rt Hon Sir John Key’s cabinet as the Minister of Social Development and Employment, Disabilities, and Youth Affairs.
Paula held a diverse range of portfolios including associate Finance, State Services, Social Housing, Police, Local Government and Tourism. In her role as Minister for Climate Change, Paula worked closely with the agriculture, forestry and business sectors to make a real impact on the way we live our lives and protect our planet, and signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Paula also served as Deputy Prime Minister and was the Deputy Leader of the National Party until her departure from politics in 2020 where the corporate world welcomed her with open arms with her wealth of knowledge and experience.
As a speaker, Paula can share her experiences in government and her personal perspective of where she see’s New Zealand moving forward, sharing her insights on what the private sector can bring.
Paula also shares an inspiring story through her own personal journey of resilience, overcoming adversity, smashing ceilings, and setting goals to achieve big dreams.
As said in Paula’s maiden speech - her desire is to see New Zealanders succeed and thrive! And she would love to share her experiences to help make that happen.
We all have “stuff” and life is always going to happen, but there is a whole lot we can control and setting and achieving goals will help get you there.