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18 July 2019

Consumer NZ board members elected

Two new members have been elected to the Consumer NZ board.

This year’s Consumer board election has seen Sue Kedgley return for a third term and new members Robert Aitken and Elizabeth Tennet elected for their first.

Sue is a consumer and safe food advocate, and writer. She is a Wellington Regional Councillor and on the Capital and Coast District Health Board. She’s on the UN Women New Zealand Board and was a Green Party MP for 12 years and chaired Parliament's Health Select Committee for three years. She has authored six books, including Eating Safely in a Toxic World.

Robert heads the Otago Business School’s Department of Marketing, at the University of Otago. He has extensive experience as a chair and executive member of not-for-profits including the Fortune Theatre Trust, Third Age Trust, Age Concern Otago, Age Concern NZ and Save the Children. His current research focuses on vulnerable consumers and sustainable consumption, and production.

Liz has extensive experience working on consumer rights issues. She was the Community Law national office CEO for seven years, and is a former Labour MP. Her career has focused on advocacy for social and economic justice. She has extensive governance experience, having served on many boards, often as chair. Liz also has business experience, including working to budgets and being accountable to members.

At the June Board meeting, Jon Duffy was elected chair and Kate Tokeley deputy chair. Jon is assistant commissioner, policy and operations at the Privacy Commissioner’s Office. He’s responsible for the policy and dispute resolution investigations team.

Kate is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law. She teaches consumer law and policy. She has authored academic articles and chapters about consumer law and policy issues.

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