Hon John Luxton QSO is the chairman of DairyNZ the dairy industry good organisation which represents all New Zealand dairy farmers. DairyNZ has a mandate to collect a levy on all bovine milk sold in New Zealand and invests that in research, development, extension, education and advocacy on issues that effect on farm performance, sustainability and competitiveness. He is a farmer elected member and was previously on the Board of Dexcel one of the companies which merged to become DairyNZ.
He is a Co-Chair of the Waikato River Authority established by Government in 2011, which is charged with cleaning up the Waikato River as a part of the agreement between the Government and Maori of the river catchment. He is also a director of Landcare Research Ltd, a Government owned environmental research institute and a member of the Government appointed NZ Constitutional Advisory Panel.
Currently he is a director of two of New Zealand’s larger agricultural exporters; Wallace Corporation operating a tannery and meat byproducts plant and Tatua Co-op Dairy Company Ltd (Chairman 1985-1990) considered to be one of New Zealand’s top biotechnology exporters of value added dairy products.
Over 40 years in the New Zealand agricultural sector, John Luxton has become a major shareholder in agribusiness's now milking around 12,000 cows. This business also has a shareholding in NZ Dairy Holdings Ltd. He has also been involved in growing kiwifruit and avocadoes. He also spent some years in agribusiness consulting in Africa, Asia and the Pacific during the 1970s and 1980s.
He had 15 years as a Member of Parliament in the New Zealand Parliament (1986-2002), of which nine years were as a Minister across a wide variety of portfolios (including Housing, Commerce, Industry, Energy, Fisheries, Maori Affairs, Police, Lands, Customs and Agriculture) before retiring from politics.
He is a trustee of a number of organisations including Massey University Foundation, Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and the Morrinsville Art Gallery Trust. He was a former winner with his late wife Merryl, of the A C Cameron award for the top New Zealand farming business in 1986. He married Wellington QC Mary Scholtens in 1997.