With a karaoke machine in her Beehive office the new deputy prime minister will provide some contrast to the self-described boringness of Bill English.

Paula Bennett will be confirmed as deputy prime minister on Monday.

Part of her appeal is the balance she will provide to National's new leadership.

While new Prime Minister English is a Pakeha farmer from Southland who is now based in Wellington, Bennett is part-Maori and represents the rapidly-growing Upper Habour electorate in Auckland.

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Bennett grew up near Taupo, where her father ran the village store by the lake in Kinloch and her mother Lee was a librarian.

Given a sewing machine for her 16th birthday Bennett traded it for a motorcycle and left home the same year, going on the domestic purposes benefit.

She had her first child, Ana, aged 17. Two years later Bennett bought her first home in Taupo for $56,000 with the help of a Housing Corporation grant.

In 1991, she lost her brother Mark in a diving accident on an oil rig in Indonesia, her best friend was killed in a motorcycle accident, she broke up with her long-term boyfriend, and was fired from her job as a receptionist at a hair salon.

Bennett has enjoyed the support of outgoing prime minister John Key. Photo / File
Bennett has enjoyed the support of outgoing prime minister John Key. Photo / File