Jo Goodhew

The Honourable
Jo Goodhew
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Aoraki
In office
2005  2008
Preceded by Jim Sutton
Majority 6,937
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rangitata
Assumed office
Majority 8,112
Junior Government Whip
In office
15 June 2009  12 December 2011
Preceded by Chris Tremain
Succeeded by Louise Upston
Minister of Community and Voluntary Sector
Assumed office
12 December 2011
Preceded by Tariana Turia
Personal details

1961 (age 5455)


Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National
Profession Nurse
Portfolio Community and Voluntary Sector

Joanne Gay "Jo" Goodhew (born 1961) is a New Zealand politician, and currently serves as a member of Parliament for the electorate of Rangitata.

Early years

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 Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
20052008 48th Aoraki 31 National
20082011 49th Rangitata 39 National
20112014 50th Rangitata 23 National
2014present 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]


  1. 1 2 "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.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jim Sutton
Member of Parliament for Aoraki
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rangitata
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
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