Pete Hodgson was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Massey university, and after many years of practice made the move into politics. Pete was elected as MP for Dunedin North in 1990 and was appointed to Cabinet in 1999. Pete has held a multitude of portfolios including Economic Development; Tertiary Education; Research, Science and Technology, Health, Transport, Commerce, Land Information, Statistics, Energy (1999–2004), and Fisheries and Forestry. He was also Associate Minister of Health, Industry and Regional Development, and Foreign Affairs.
In 2012 Pete was appointed as CEO at Otago Innovation Limited; a company responsible for commercialisation of University of Otago research. He is also a KiwiNet committee member, and serves on the board of powerHouse Ventures Ltd.