Hon Louise Upston MP for Taupo
Minister of Corrections, Associate Minister of Education, Associate Minister for Primary Industries, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Louise Upston is the Member of Parliament for Taupō, a seat she has held since the General Election of 2008.
In October 2014 Louise was appointed Minister of Land Information and Minister for Women; and was given responsibilities as Associate Minister of Local Government; and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. She is also a Member of Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee.
In December 2016, Louise was appointed a portfolio inside Cabinet, Minister of Corrections. She retained the Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment portfolio and also acquired the Associate Education, Associate Primary Industries responsibilities.
Prior to being appointed a Minister, Louise was Government Chief Whip for two years and was Junior Whip for one year. She has also served on the Parliamentary Service Commission and has been a member of the Government Administration, Education and Science, Local Government and Environment, and Maori Affairs select committees.
Before 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, project management, and consulting. Louise holds an MBA from Waikato University.
Louise currently lives in Karapiro, south of Cambridge, with her three children. She enjoys participating in sporting events and has competed in the Round the Lake Relay, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, and the 63.3 km challenge - three Taupo-based half marathons in three months. She is also co-captain of the Parliamentary netball team.