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.''

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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.