Sue Kedgley is a freelance writer, columnist, media consultant, media trainer and consumer advocate. She is a member of the Board of Consumer New Zealand, and the government's Technical Advisory Committee on Natural Health Poducts. She is President of the National Committee of UN Women New Zealand, a member of the UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Advisory Group and is a member of the steering committee for Women's Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific (WRAP).
She was a Green Party MP from 1999 to 2011 and a campaigner for safe, healthy food, animal welfare, natural health, public service broadcasting, public transport, aged care and many other issues.
She has an MA (Hons) in Political Science, and is the author or co-author of seven books, the most recent entitled ‘Eating Safely in a Toxic World’.
Sue was previously a Wellington City Councillor for seven years, a television reporter/director/producer for eight years. She spent eight years working in the United Nations Secretariat in New York, promoting women's issues and helping organise international conferences.
While in Parliament she helped secure funding for a $12 million Nutrition Fund for schools, an Organics Advisory Service, a National Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance system and an Integrated Health Unit within the Ministry of Health. Her private members bill, the Flexible Working Hours bill, has also become law.
She chaired Parliament’s Health select committee, and initiated select committee inquiries into ambulance services, obesity and type 2 diabetes and the regulation of natural health products. She helped develop the School Food & Nutrition Guidelines, organised a successful 25 thousand signature petition to save the Overlander train service and another petition which helped save the Wellington trolley buses.
As part of her campaign for safe healthy food, Sue helped found the Safe Food Campaign and the National Food Safety Network. She was also active in the early women’s liberation movement and helped found the National Organisation for Women (NOW).
She is married to Denis Foot, is the mother of a 23 year old son, Zac, and has three step-children.