Peter Goodfellow (politician)

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Peter Goodfellow is a New Zealand businessman and politician, currently serving as President of the New Zealand National Party.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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Early life

Goodfellow was a long-time National Party activist. On 2 August 2009, he succeeded Judy Kirk as Party President. [1] In 2009, Goodfellow faced early opposition from within the party, with reports that events instigating the breakup of his marriage had soured his relationship with the party directors. [2] However, he was re-elected by the party's Board of Directors in July 2010. [3]

He is the son of Douglas Goodfellow. [4] The wealth of the Goodfellow family was estimated at $500 million in 2013, [4] largely acquired through investment in the dairy farming industry. [5]

William Douglas Goodfellow was a prominent New Zealand businessman and philanthropist.

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References

  1. "New president of National Party elected". The New Zealand Herald . 1 August 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. Watkins, Tracy (30 August 2009). "National president Peter Goodfellow has party's confidence - PM". Stuff.co.nz . Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  3. Trevett, Claire. "Goodfellow retains National Party presidency". Stuff.co.nz.
  4. 1 2 Richard, Meadows (12 July 2014). "William Douglas Goodfellow dies, aged 97". Stuff.co.nz.
  5. Louisson, Simon (12 May 2016). "National Party President selling out?". The Standard. Retrieved 2 May 2018.