About Jacqui

Jacqui Dean is the MP for Waitaki, an Assistant Speaker of the House and Opposition Spokesperson Conservation. She is also a chair of the Petitions Select Committee.

Now in her sixth term, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role, which has been characterised by her energy, determination and incredible work ethic.

First elected in 2005, she has previously held responsibilities as Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Small Business, Associate Minister for ACC and Local Government and Opposition spokesperson for Tourism, Small Business, Local Government and Housing & Urban Development.

Jacqui is a proud advocate for the people and communities which make up the Waitaki electorate and she is driven by a desire to see the region thrive.

Her roles within Conservation are a perfect fit for the work that she is already doing around the electorate as the MP for Waitaki and she is focused on championing local needs and holding the Government to account ensuring promises for the Waitaki electorate are kept.

Priorities include keeping pressure on the Government on its failure of Kiwibuild in Wanaka, advocating for infrastructure funding and ensuring locals are well represented in Wellington. Jacqui is passionate about the conservation issues facing the Waitaki electorate such as Wallabies, Wilding Pines and many others. She is also determined to work hard for local business owners, ensuring a positive and productive environment for them to thrive in.

Before her election to Parliament in 2005, Ms Dean was a Waitaki District Councillor and deputy mayor.

She is married to Oamaru lawyer Bill Dean and the couple have three adult children and three grandchildren.