Louise Upston

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Louise Upston

MP
11th Minister of Corrections
In office
20 December 2016 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Judith Collins
Succeeded by Kelvin Davis
Senior Government Whip
In office
29 January 2013 7 October 2014
Preceded by Chris Tremain
Succeeded by Tim Macindoe
13th Minister for Women
In office
8 October 2014 20 December 2016
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Jo Goodhew
Succeeded by Paula Bennett
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Taupō
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded by Mark Burton
Majority14,115 (63.65%)
Personal details
Born
Louise Claire McGill

(1971-03-14) 14 March 1971 (age 48) [1]
North Shore, New Zealand
Political party National
Children3
Website www.louiseupston.co.nz

Louise Claire Upston MP (née McGill, born 14 March 1971) is a New Zealand politician of the National Party. She has represented the Taupō electorate in the House of Representatives since the 2008 election. In the Fifth National Government, led by Prime Minister Bill English, she was the Minister of Corrections.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.

Taupō (New Zealand electorate)

Taupō is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate returning one Member of Parliament to the House of Representatives. Taupo first existed between 1963 and 1981, and was recreated for the introduction of MMP in 1996. The current MP for Taupō is Louise Upston of the National Party. She has held this position since 2008.

New Zealand House of Representatives Sole chamber of New Zealand Parliament

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Early life

Louise McGill was born in North Shore and grew up in East Coast Bays. [2] Her parents are Ian and the late Norma McGill. The youngest of four children, she has two sisters and one brother. [2] She attended Rangitoto College, from which she graduated in 1988, and where she was friends with Amy Adams. [3] Since before the age of ten, she had wanted to become a member of parliament. [4]

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McGill dropped out of law school and instead founded a management consultancy firm, McGill Manning, when she was 19. Her clients included Air New Zealand, Russell McVeagh, and Datacom Group. She then studied at the Waikato Management School and graduated with a Master of Business Administration. [5]

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Datacom Group Limited is an Information Technology services company, offering management and consulting, cloud services, ITO, data centre services, custom software development, and payroll services. The company was started in New Zealand in 1965, but has expanded to operate in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, the US and the UK, employing 5,300 people across 36 offices globally.

McGill married Craig Upston, and they have three children. [2] The Upston family lives in Karapiro. [6]

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Member of Parliament

Upston was elected to Parliament at the 2008 general election for the Taupō electorate, [7] where she unseated Mark Burton, a Labour cabinet minister who had represented the area for 15 years. [8] She received attention in the media for comments made in her maiden statement to the House of Representatives, such as her slogan approach to crime: "The police are good. The criminals are bad. It's that simple." [9]

2008 New Zealand general election election

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New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2008 2011 49th Taupō 53 National
2011 2014 50th Taupō44 National
2014 2017 51st Taupō27 National
2017 present 52nd Taupō19 National

In the 2011 election, she more than doubled her majority to 14,115 votes. [10] [11] This made Taupō one of the safest seats in the country. [12] Her majority increased to 15,046 votes in the 2014 election. [13]

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Upston was appointed to Junior Whip for the National Government after the 2011 election. [14] Following the February 2013 reshuffle by John Key, Upston was elected Chief Whip and joined by Tim Macindoe and Jami-Lee Ross who act as Junior and Third Whip in Parliament. [7]

Upston is conservative on conscience issues: she voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill in 2013, and voted to raise the purchase age of alcohol to 20. [15]

In October 2014, she became the Minister of Land Information and the Minister for Women.

In November 2014, Upston stated she is not a feminist when she sang praises of beauty pagents. [16] [17]

In April 2015, Upston refused to comment on women's rights in the work place after it was revealed John Key was forced to apologise to a Parnell cafe worker for repeatedly pulling her hair. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei accused Upston of abdicating her responsibilities as Minister for Women. [18]

After Bill English was elected as Prime Minister in December 2016, Upston served as the Minister of Corrections.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Mark Burton
Member of Parliament for Taupō
2008–present
Incumbent