The son of a Methodist Minister and hospital worker, Paul is committed to serving others, particularly the people of Wellington’s eastern and southern suburbs, where he grew up in the 1980s.
In his previous role as Deputy Mayor of Wellington, Paul led the Council’s Housing portfolio – the single biggest issue for Wellingtonians. Now MP for Rongotai, Paul continues to work on safe, affordable housing as the first Māori male to win a general electorate seat for the Labour Party.
An Island Bay resident, Paul was educated at Evans Bay Intermediate School, St. Patrick’s College Wellington and has postgraduate qualifications from the Elam School of Fine Arts. He is married to Miriam and has one child, Tama.
Adoption reform is a principal goal for Paul. Whakapapa is essential to Māori identity and whanau inclusion, but a legacy of secrecy in New Zealand has resulted in 40,000 plus Māori adopted with no knowledge of where they came from. Paul is working to ensure adoption in New Zealand connects children to their past while supporting their future.
You’ll see Paul proudly out supporting the Hurricanes, Phoenix and Pulse during his spare time.