In 2016 we were joined by some incredible speakers from New Zealand and around the world.  

Hon Jo Goodhew

Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister for Social Development, MP for Rangitata

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Jo Goodhew represents the Rangitata electorate, a rural region in the South Island of New Zealand. She has held this seat since 2005. In the New Zealand Parliament Mrs Goodhew has previously served as Minister of Women’s Affairs, Minister for Senior Citizens, Associate Minister of Health and Junior Government Whip.

Mrs Goodhew has held the food safety portfolio since the start of the current parliamentary term in October 2014. She is focussed on strengthening New Zealand’s food safety system to ensure New Zealand continues to be a trusted supplier of safe and suitable food. As part of this work she is overseeing a range of legislation that focuses on improved traceability, security measures, and food incident responses. Mrs Goodhew is also aware of the increased consumer desire for detailed nutritional and food safety information and is encouraging voluntary initiatives such as the Health Star Rating labelling system.

Mrs Goodhew was born and schooled within South Canterbury where she grew up on a local farm. She qualified as a registered nurse and has practised throughout New Zealand and in London in both hospitals and in general practice. She is married with three daughters, now young adults.