About Phil Goff
Phil Goff is a born and bred Aucklander.
He put himself through school and the University of Auckland working at the Westfield Freezing Company for seven seasons. He has a first class Masters in Politics from the University of Auckland and won a scholarship to do post graduate study at the University of Oxford.
Phil represented Mt Roskill for 10 terms of Parliament. He became New Zealand’s youngest ever cabinet minister in 1984. In his 15 years in Cabinet, he covered a number of portfolios including housing, environment, and education.
In the Clark Government, he was responsible for foreign affairs, justice, trade and defence. He was also Associate Finance Minister. He served as the leader of the Labour Party and the Leader of the Opposition.
As Minister of Education, Phil initiated New Zealand’s international education industry which is now worth over $3 billion.
He was also the first Minister of Trade of a developed country to negotiate a free-trade agreement with China and initiated the TPP trade agreement.
Phil’s vision for Auckland is an inclusive and diverse city where talent and enterprise can thrive. Phil’s priorities are working with government to tackle housing unaffordability and worsening congestion, improving the performance of the council and protecting and enhancing Auckland’s environment.
Phil is married to Mary and lives on a small farm in Ardmore. He has three adult children who live in Auckland. He enjoys motorbike riding, fishing, hunting and farming. He follows rugby and league.