Taupō electorate

Taupō is currently represented by National's Louise Upston, who won safely with a margin of 14,335. In 2017, National won the largest share of Taupō's votes – 54% to Labour's 29%. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate no longer includes areas around Tapapa and north of Cambridge. Historically, the seat has changed hands between Labour and National, though Upston has held the seat since 2008.

Micheal Downard
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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About me
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Party list rank
8
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
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Place of residence
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Age
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Jan-Marie Quinn
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Social dysfunction. Environment: bio-security. Our lake is our draw card in Taupō without it we would struggle to survive. Try to find a solution to the ongoing use of 1080 poison.
Why I’m running
I absolutely love being a New Zealander but more importantly I love my family. My grandchildren are my life. I am passionate about social dysfunction across New Zealand which includes child abuse, suicide, teenage pregnancy, abortion, homelessness and other major social dysfunction issues. I absolutely need a platform to be heard so I can be instrumental in change for all New Zealanders moving forward. I want a bright and prosperous future for my grandchildren.
About me
I've lived in Taupo for 8 years now. I moved here with my husband following the Canterbury earthquakes. I opened a local business soon after we arrived which still thrives today. I am the facilitator for CARE children at risk and education Taupo. I am also an employment advocate and am no stranger to litigation and mediation. I have been in the hairdressing industry for 42 years and have proudly trained and turned out some top hairdressers in their field.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Children@Risk facilitator
Place of residence
Taupo East
Age
56

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Danna Glendining
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Greater support for those with high levels of deprivation. More protection for indigenous floral and fauna. More public and alternative forms of transport.
Why I’m running
I have supported the Green party for almost 30 years. The Green party needs to be represented in the Taupō electorate in order to secure as many party votes as possible and have the greatest possible number of members of parliament.
About me
I am standing to support the Green party's party vote. I have lived in Taupō for 15 months. I have a long history of activism: for rural social issues, women's and green issues.
Party list rank
31
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Community worker
Place of residence
Hilltop, Taupo
Age
76
Ala' Al-Bustanji
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
To help local businesses recover from the impact of Covid-19 and to help save and create more jobs. To protect our environment in this special part of our country in every way possible. To help build and strengthen infrastructure and support development projects and look after our smaller towns.
Why I’m running
To me, it's all about the people: I'm a hard-working man and like many locals, I had to do two jobs at some stage. I owned a small business for five years and I know the challenges that face local businesses and hard-working locals. Homeownership in our electorate is at a very low rate and even rental properties are hard to find. The environment is my other huge motivation. We need to work together on solutions. A vote for me is a vote for proper representation of our electorate in parliament.
About me
In the last twelve years, I worked many jobs: in a gas station, field technician at a livestock company, managed a restaurant, and owned a small business. Today I'm a corrections officer. As a member of the local Muslim community, I was overwhelmed by the kindness, solidarity, and love we received from our wider community in the wake of the terrorist attack in March last year. I will always be proud of our nation. I would like to thank you, I'd be honoured to serve you as a member of parliament.
Party list rank
71
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Corrections officer
Place of residence
Acacia Bay, Taupo
Age
44
Gary Coffin
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
To reinstate God the Father the one true God, Jesus Messiah and the Holy Spirit at the head of Aotearoa. Aotearoa realigned to the word of God the Bible, then this nation will start the process of recovery and restoration. To remove the two abominations introduced during lockdown the amendment's to the abortion bill and the hate speech bill.
Why I’m running
Aotearoa is a blessed nation that I believe needs to reinstate God the Father, Jesus Messiah, and the Holy Spirit over the head of Aotearoa. We have abandoned God the Father, Jesus Messiah and the Holy Spirit as a nation and the only way for this nation to climb out of the hole that we are currently in is through God the Father, Jesus Messiah and the Holy Spirit.
About me
Tokoroa is my home town, born and bred. I have had a number of professions the over the years, scaffolder, scaffolding tutor, I have owned an operated a scaffolding business and at this present time I am the senior pastor of Activate Church Tokoroa. I have been the senior pastor for over seven years.
Party list rank
18
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Pastor of Activate Church Tokoroa
Place of residence
Tokoroa
Age
63

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David Freeman
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support for small businesses. This is crucial as it is small business that will lead the economic recovery. Employment and retraining. Unemployment is going to be a major issue so access to re-training is important. Promote our attractions. With our borders being closed, we should make our fellow Kiwis aware of what we have to offer.
Why I’m running
I had always thought that it did not really matter which major political party was in power, be it Labour or National and saw them as six of one half a dozen of the other. Until this government came along. Maybe it is just MMP but the current government has had a big impact on my life and they need to be replaced.
About me
I am not a politician! My aim is to be there to help anyone in my electorate that needs help.
Party list rank
31
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Driver
Place of residence
Taupo
Age
63
Antoinette James
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Immediate halt to 1080 drops which are eradicating native fauna, poisoning our water and prohibiting outdoors pursuits. Reopen schools, P.O., and other infrastructures in small communities to allow them to thrive, grow and attract innovation. Roll-back restrictive regulation/consent on houses, business and farms. Undo regs that agree that man is unsustainable.
Why I’m running
2017-18 were years I spent in geopolitical research published in 'We Are Revolting', about the determiners causing sovereign nations to adopt world governance. NZ's way of life is being stolen by unelected global private-public partnerships acting as a shadow government. We should have the right of free movement, and free speech. NZ needs a real Bill of Rights, people's constitution and a government constitution that keeps future governments from overreach. I am standing to secure a free future.
About me
30 years married and having home educated our six children, has given me a keen sense of fairness, commitment and love for autonomy. I have leadership experience in medical microbiology, cancer research and ECE tertiary tutoring. I am a research/writer building a tiny house. Taupō electorate was my second home until finally settling here in 2007. I run a micro-farm with off grid practices, moving towards self-sufficiency and delight in off grid food preservation supporting a healthy immune system.
Party list rank
46
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Researcher, writer, blogger, YouTuber
Place of residence
Mangakino
Age
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Louise Upston
MP for Taupō
My local priorities
Complete the extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Piarere. Improve State Highway One between Taupō and Turangi. Connect more of our young people with work opportunities.
Why I’m running
I believe everybody deserves the best opportunities to succeed which is why I am running again to be the member of parliament for Taupō. I am committed to supporting my constituents by engaging and listening to their views – being an enabler to help constituents and make positive change is truly rewarding. I want to continue investing in my constituents and their businesses to ensure the Taupo electorate continues to be strong and resilient.
About me
I've chosen the Taupō electorate to raise my family and have lived in the electorate for the past 20 years. I see the role of Member of Parliament as the ultimate public service and I love being able to make a difference in people in our communities – whether individuals, families, community organisations or business. I see my role as community advocate, problem solver and champion. We have diverse communities from Cambridge in the north to Turangi in the south and who I'm proud to represent.
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
2008
2017 electorate result
Won Taupō
Before politics
Business owner
Place of residence
Karapiro
Age
49

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