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Jacqui Dean is the MP for Waitaki and opposition spokesperson for tourism and small business.

She also chairs the Regulations Review Select Committee and is a member of the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee.

Now in her fifth 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, and Associate Minister for ACC and Local Government.

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

With tourism and small business so significant to the electorate she is committed, as opposition spokesperson, to championing local needs and holding the Government to account.

Her priorities include ensuring on-going support for tourism infrastructure, continued investment in seasonal tourism promotion, ensuring continued access to an immigrant labour force in the regions and restraint around regulation and taxation.

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.