Hon Louise Upston
Louise Upston is the Member of Parliament for Taupo, a seat she has held since the General Election of 2008.
In October 2014 Louise was appointed Minister for 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 a Member of Parliament's Justice and Electoral Committee.
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.