Simon Bridges Books & Biography
Simon Bridges is a former lawyer and a sitting Member of Parliament. His father was a Baptist minister of Maori (Ngati Maniapoto through his mother Naku Joseph) and Pakeha descent. His mother, a primary school teacher, is of Pakeha descent. After graduating from Auckland University, Bridges received a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford. Bridges also studied at the London School of Economics and interned at the British House of Commons. He was the youngest senior Crown counsel in New Zealand, and in 2008 was elected as the MP for Tauranga, a seat he still holds to this day.
Bridges served as a Minister in government from 2012 to 2017 under Prime Ministers John Key and Bill English, before serving as the leader of the National Party and Leader of the Opposition between 2018 and 2020. He was the first major political party leader in New Zealand with Maori ancestry. He lives in Tauranga with his wife, Natalie, and their three children.