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Louise Upston is the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Social Development and Employment, and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. She has served as the MP for Taupō since the 2008 election.

Louise held a number of Ministerial roles in the Fifth National Government, including the portfolios of Corrections, Education, Land Information, Local Government, Women, and Tertiary Education Skills and Employment.  She also served as Government Chief Whip.

Prior to entering Parliament in 2008, Louise was self-employed as a project management consultant. She also held directorships in a number of trusts and companies involved in property, tourism, management, and consulting. Louise holds an MBA from Waikato University.

Louise lives in Karāpiro, south of Cambridge, with her partner Hamish and her children. She enjoys participating in sporting events and has competed in the Round the Lake Relay, the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge, and the 63.3km challenge—three Taupō-based half marathons in three months. 

Office Information:

Cambridge Office
3 Anzac Street, Cambridge, Waikato 3434
Mail: PO Box 141, Cambridge 3450
Phone:  07 827 5572

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:

Mon & Wed 9.30am–1pm
Fridays - By appointment only

Office Staff: Linda Meerkerk

Taupo Office
67 Paora Hapi Street, Taupo, Waikato 3420
Mail: PO Box 280, Taupo 3351
Phone:  07 376 5563

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Friday - By Appointment Only

Office Staff: Anna McNaughton

South Waikato Office
PO Box 280, Taupo 3351
Phone:  07 886 5554

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Friday - By Appointment Only

Office Staff: Anna McNaughton

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