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.
From his parents’ involvement in the Labour Party, Paul learned the importance of helping others and getting involved in political action.
As Wellington’s Deputy Mayor and Wellington City Councillor for South Wellington for the past seven years, Paul has worked closely with sitting Rongotai MP Hon Annette King who has shown Paul what it takes to be a highly effective electorate MP.
In his Deputy Mayor’s role, Paul leads the Council’s Housing portfolio – the single biggest issue for Wellingtonians, which only Labour has a plan to fix with more affordable homes, high quality rental accommodation and help for the homeless.
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 (2).
You’ll also see Paul proudly out supporting the Hurricanes, Phoenix and Pulse during his spare time.