Jo James declares gin business a possible conflict of interest

A Taranaki District Health Board candidate who is setting up a gin distillery says she’s aware of the possible conflict of interest.

But Jo James says not all conversations about alcohol and health have to be negative.

James and her husband David are establishing New Plymouth’s very own gin distillery, Begin Distilling, and hope to start making boutique New Zealand gin with homegrown flavours in the coming months.

James said from her extensive experience in public health she knew alcohol and health initiatives had not always gone together.

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