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PAULO GARCIA, solicitor-barrister and former Philippine Honorary Consul General in Auckland, New Zealand, became the first Member of Parliament in New Zealand of Filipino descent, following the retirement of National Party List MP Nuk Korako in May 2019.

Paulo initiated the formation of the National Party’s special interest group Pinoys Go National,  whereby New Zealanders of Filipino descent have a venue to give back to the country that has welcomed them with open arms.

Prior to migrating to New Zealand, Garcia had 10 years legal experience in the Philippines primarily in commercial law, representing foreign and multinational investor companies and helping them establish operations. He later opened his law office after gaining experience in McLeod & Associates and Corban Revell Lawyers.

He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and an alumnus of the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas, and the COP of the University of Auckland.

He holds the position of Chairman of Family Enrichment New Zealand -- an affiliate of Family Education Australia, which falls under the umbrella of the International Federation for Family Development, a United Nations consultative body for the family based in Spain.

Paulo’s maiden speech can be viewed by clicking here.