Jo Goodhew will be retiring as an MP at the 2017 General Election.
Andrew Falloon is the National Party Candidate for Rangitata
Jo was elected as the Member of Parliament for Rangitata in 2008, 2011 and again in 2014, having been first elected to Parliament as the MP for Aoraki in 2005.
Since becoming an MP, Jo has prioritised the setting-up of networks throughout the electorate. This includes attending meetings with local chief executives, councillors and Mayors from the District Councils. Jo also meets regularly with CEO’s and senior management from the local DHB's, economic development agencies, Aoraki Polytechnic, NZ Police (Ashburton & Timaru), NZ Transport Agency along with other local and national business leaders.
Jo holds regular constituent clinics at her electorate offices in Timaru and Ashburton. Typical examples of meetings and appointments can be found fortnightly in the South Canterbury and Mid-Canterbury Herald ‘Diary’ and on her website.
Jo regularly visits every school within her electorate and looks forward to regular meetings with school principals, staff and pupils.
Her website is regularly updated with media releases, newsletters and photos.
Jo 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 gained a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1995. Her professional involvement has extended to tutoring in Health Sciences at the Aoraki Polytechnic, acting as recruitment coordinator for Breastscreen South Ltd., and she was also the founder of the Aorangi Nursing Agency.
Jo was employed as a coordinator for the Timaru Safer Community Council immediately prior to campaigning for the Aoraki seat.
Her extensive voluntary community involvement has included membership of the South Canterbury DHB - Community and Public Health Committee; the Craighead Diocesan School Board of Trustees; a current member of the Timaru Multiple Birth Club; and a large number of other organisations.
Jo is a previous Chair of the Waimataitai School BOT, a former Timaru Plunket Branch President and chaired the Aoraki Community Organisation Grants Scheme. She also has a history of involvement with Victim Support as a volunteer and team leader. In the 1980s Jo represented Young Farmers Clubs on exchange to Australia and was one of two New Zealand exchangees to the UK in 1984.
Jo is married to Mark, and they have three daughters, now young adults.