Cabinet minister Paula Bennett has confirmed that her new husband is Alan Philps and that he is an old boyfriend.

"Alan and I first met over 23 years ago when he was a truck driver and used to stop in at the diner I was waitressing in,'' she told the Herald.

"We recently got back together and Alan and his kids moved back from Australia to New Zealand so we could be a family together.

"We are very happy, and both feel very lucky to have found each other again.''


The pair married on Saturday on the beach at Piha. The wedding feast was champagne and fish and chips.

They are having a brief honeymoon and she is expected back at work tomorrow.