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Joanne Gay Goodhew (born 1961) is a New Zealand politician. She served as a member of Parliament between 2005 and 2017.

Jo Goodhew
Jo Goodhew.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rangitata
In office
Succeeded byAndrew Falloon
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
In office
12 December 2011 – 20 December 2016
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byTariana Turia
Succeeded byAlfred Ngaro
Junior Government Whip
In office
15 June 2009 – 12 December 2011
Preceded byChris Tremain
Succeeded byLouise Upston
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Aoraki
In office
2005 – 2008
Preceded byJim Sutton
Succeeded byElectorate abolished
Personal details
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Temuka, New Zealand
Political partyNational

Early yearsEdit

Goodhew grew up in Timaru, and attended Timaru Girls' High School. She holds a qualification in nursing from Otago Polytechnic. She has been involved in a variety of health organisations in the Otago region.

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Aoraki 31 National
2008–2011 49th Rangitata 39 National
2011–2014 50th Rangitata 23 National
2014–2017 51st Rangitata 21 National

In the 2005 election, Goodhew was a candidate for the National Party, standing in the Aoraki electorate and being ranked 31st on the party list. She won the Aoraki seat and entered Parliament.[1]

In the 2008 election, most of Aoraki was moved to the new Rangitata electorate, which was vulnerable to capture by Labour. This didn't eventuate, and Goodhew won the new electorate with an increased majority.[1]

Goodhew was elected Junior Whip by Caucus following the resignation from Government by Richard Worth. This led to the former Junior Whip Chris Tremain being promoted to Senior Whip and Nathan Guy taking over Worth's portfolios. After the 2011 Election, Goodhew was returned as MP for Rangitata but with a slightly reduced majority. Goodhew was made Minister of Community and Voluntary Sector, succeeding from Tariana Turia when the new Government portfolios were announced; she was replaced as Junior Whip by Louise Upston, MP for Taupo.

In the 2014 election, Goodhew more than doubled her majority over Labour's Steve Gibson.[2]

On 20 December 2016, after Prime Minister John Key resigned, the National party reshuffled some of their party members' roles, and Jo Goodhew lost her Ministerial portfolios.

After the reshuffle, on 25 January 2017, Goodhew announced that she wouldn't be contesting the 2017 election.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Hon Jo Goodhew". New Zealand Parliament. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  2. ^ Montgomerie, Jack (22 September 2014). "Goodhew, Dean back with bigger majorities". The Timaru Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ "National MP Jo Goodhew quits after being dumped from Cabinet". The New Zealand Herald. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jim Sutton
Member of Parliament for Aoraki
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rangitata
Succeeded by
Andrew Falloon
Political offices
Preceded by
Craig Foss
Minister for Senior Citizens
Succeeded by
Maggie Barry
Preceded by
Chris Tremain
Junior Government Whip
Succeeded by
Louise Upston