We have a new Minister

We have a new Minister

Last updated 20 December 2016
Last updated 12/20/2016

Prime Minister Bill English has appointed Paul Goldsmith as the new Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and confirmed Louise Upston as Associate Minister.

First elected off the National Party list in 2011, Mr Goldsmith served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Following the 2014 General Election he was appointed Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister of ACC.

Before entering Parliament, Mr Goldsmith created his own business as a historian and biographer focusing on New Zealand’s history and economic development.

Mr Goldsmith was born in Mt Eden, Auckland and attended Auckland Grammar School. He lives in the Epsom electorate with his wife and four children.

Read his biography on the Beehive website.

The MP for Taupo, Louise Upston was appointed Minister of Land Information and Minister for Women in October 2014 and given responsibilities as Associate Minister of Local Government and Associate Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. 

Before entering Parliament in 2008, Ms Upston 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. 

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

Read her biography on the Beehive website.