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Woodhouse was born and raised in South Dunedin, the fifth of nine children. He attended St Patrick's, St Edmund's and St Pauls High School, now Kavanagh College, which he left at the end of sixth form in 1982. He worked for the National Bank of New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington until 1987 when he embarked on a rugby sojourn to Scotland and England, playing for Dunfermline 1987/88 and Broughton Park in Manchester 1988/89. He returned to Dunedin where he studied Commerce and Accounting at Otago University, which he graduated from in 1993. He worked at Taylor Mclachlan Accountants in Dunedin, Dunedin Hospital and ACC. Recently in 2005 he earned a masters in Health at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Prior to his political career, Woodhouse was the CEO of Mercy Hospital in Dunedin from 2001 to 2008.
An avid rugby follower, Woodhouse played age group rugby for Otago and South Island rep teams and premier rugby for Dunedin and Western Suburbs in Wellington. He also refereed 84 premier and approximately 20 representative colts and 'B' provincial matches.
Member of Parliament
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Woodhouse stood in Dunedin North in 2008 and, though he received 30.64% (9972) of the votes he was defeated by incumbent electorate Pete Hodgson who received 52.62% of the vote. He was still however elected to parliament through National's party list. In the 2011 election, Woodhouse reduced the majority from 7,155 in 2008 to 3,489. National also lost the party vote by 420 votes.
A member of the Health and Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committees in the 49th Parliament, Woodhouse was elected as the National Party's senior whip on 20 December 2011. He is the head of the Parliamentarians for Arthritis group and is active in the Parliamentary Sports Trust as a rugby player and referee.
In a reshuffle in January 2013, Woodhouse was made a minister outside cabinet and was given the Immigration, Veteran's Affairs and associate transport portfolios.
- "Hon Michael Woodhouse - Biography". New Zealand National Party. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Official Count Results - Dunedin North". Electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- New Zealand Electoral Commission. "Official Count Results - Dunedin North". Electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- National's whips Woodhouse and Upston stuff.co.nz, 20 December 2011
- Michael Woodhouse at Parliament
- Michael Woodhouse at the National Party
- Michael Woodhouse - personal website