TAUPO: LOUISE UPSTON, NATIONAL CANDIDATE
How and why did you get into politics?
I believe that laws made by Parliament can have a significant impact on the quality of people’s lives.
How do you normally spend your time?
As the Member of Parliament for Taupo, I spend time working with people from one end of the electorate to the other. I cherish time with my family. Why did you choose National? My values are National’s values, especially equality of opportunity, individual freedom and choice, enterprise and reward for effort, and strong families and caring communities.
Why are you standing in the Taupo electorate?
I strongly support National’s plan to Build a Brighter Future and if re-elected will continue to be strong voice for you in Wellington.
What do you believe are the big issues nationally? How do you believe National’s policy can address these?
I think one of our big issues right now is still the economy. Long-term economic growth is essential to create jobs, lift incomes, and raise living standards.
National has guided the country through the global economic crisis, finance-company collapses and the Canterbury earthquakes.
We’ve maintained incomes for the most vulnerable, stopped ballooning growth in government spending and got the Government back on track to surplus by 2014/15.
We’ve improved the tax system and made it fairer, boosted investment in infrastructure, cut red tape and improved public services such as health and edu- cation. We’re also boosting science, driving innovation, and building trade agreements for our exporters.
This work is already paying off.
The economy has grown over the past two years, with 63,000 new jobs created. Interest rates are at 45-year lows and in-thepocket wages are continuing to rise faster than inflation.
Anything else you think is important?
We have just announced that we’re putting $1 billion from the Future Investment Fund into modernising and transforming New Zealand schools.
The 21st century Schools programme will build new, modern schools, rejuvenate existing schools and connect New Zealand schools with ultra-fast broadband access.