That’s because she’s turned her dream of a political career into a reality. The National MP for Taupō since 2008, last year Upston was appointed Minister for Women and Minister of Land Information, also becoming Associate Minister of Local Government, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
There’s no such thing as a typical day, but she guesses the time split between Wellington and her electorate is 60/40, even 70/30. “Some people go into the electorate office any day of the week and expect me to be there. But Parliament sits 32 weeks of the year and when it sits I’m in Wellington.”
Though the teen years bring new challenges, she says the juggling act is easier as the kids get older. They are usually at their father’s house during the week and with her on weekends. When they’re with her and she’s out of town, a family friend comes to help as needed with cooking, cleaning and the children.
So what’s the plan now? Prime minister? She laughs. “When I was in primary school I wanted that role but I definitely don’t now,” she says, but I spy a glint in her eye. “I honestly haven’t thought past being a minister. I’m a real believer in doing the job you have as well as you possibly can. Right now, that’s my plan.”
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