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About Louisa

Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Waikato, Ngāti Hineuru Nga iwi
Former Black Fern Rugby 

Former Silver Fern Netball

Member of Parliament, NZ Labour Party 
Foundation Member, Women in Sport Aotearoa


(Full Voting Member)

Louisa became a Silver Fern at the age of 17, and played from 1989 to 1992; she switched codes in 1994 and became a Black Fern and was a member of the 1998 Rugby World Cup-winning Team having been named New Zealand’s women’s player of the year in 1997. Louisa is a board member of the Northern Stars Netball Franchise and has held this role since the team was created in 2017. She has been a Member of Parliament since 2008 and currently Co-Captains the Parliament Parli-Ferns netball team. Louisa was the driving force behind one of the most significant pieces of legislation in recent years with the passing of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 which, since 19 August 2013, allows same-sex couples to legally marry. She is a global leader and advocate for equality, diversity and universal human rights and is the Co-Founder of the Cross-Party Parliamentary Rainbow Caucus and is a member of the Global LGBTIQ+ Equality Caucus and the NZ Lead of the Asia Pacific TB Caucus. During the 52nd Parliament, Louisa was the Chair of the Health Select Committee, and member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee; Co-Chair of the NZ Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians; Deputy Chair of The New Zealand branch of The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and Labour representative on the cross-party Mental Health and Addiction Wellbeing Group.

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