New Minister for Women

Louise Upston has been appointed Minister for Women. She is also Minister for Land Information and Associate Minister for Local Government and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Louise was elected Member of Parliament for the Taupo electorate in 2008. After the 2011 election Louise was the National Junior Whip and was promoted to Senior Whip in January 2013. She was previously a member of the Maori Affairs Committee. Louise’s former governance roles include the Waikato Community Broadcasters Charitable Trust, and she has been a Director of companies involved in property, tourism, project management, and consulting.

Her professional memberships include Business and Professional Women, Chambers of Commerce, and Her Business Network. Louise has also been a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, the New Zealand Institute of Management, and the Project Management Institute.

Louise’s academic and professional qualifications include being an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, Master of Business Administration, and Project Management professional certification.

Louise lives in Karapiro, south of Cambridge, with her three children.