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One of the pleasures of my job is getting out and about around the electorate and this month is no exception. It’s a great way for me to catch up with what’s happening at your place and to hear your concerns first-hand.

I was proud to present to Parliament, the 1000-signature petition of Frances Coles in support of Geraldine High School, alongside fellow MP Andrew Falloon recently. The Government should be celebrating this school’s success, not putting in an enrolment zone to cap numbers and stymie educational growth.


Oamaru Hospital Review continues

I’m pleased that no permanent staff have lost their jobs as a result of the Waitaki District Health Services “Proposal for Change” review at Oamaru Hospital. I maintain my support of WDHS, as they work to provide the very best service for the Waitaki region, but will continue to hold them to account.

I was honoured to celebrate Anzac Day in North Otago this year. Large turnouts at services around the electorate reflected that the Anzac spirit of peace, honour and bravery is still strong.


Local manager good for Mackenzie District

I’m pleased the Mackenzie District Council has listened to local ratepayers and appointed a Twizel-based regulatory manager. I’m a fan of any move that strengthens the council-community relationship.

So proud to wear my gumboots to Parliament this month, joining the mental health conversation and raising funds for free counselling for young people.


Paddon makes Central move

Cromwell is now home to Geraldine rally star Hayden Paddon. He’s set up base at Highlands Motorsport Park to work on his Paddon Rallysport business. A great move.

I was delighted to celebrate International Firefighters Day with the dedicated volunteers from the Cromwell brigade. Thanks for keeping your community safe.


Telemedicine cut disappoints

Central Otago women are being short-changed with access to a new maternity telemedicine clinic recently being cut. Once again the Southern District Health Board and the Health Minister have over-promised and under delivered.

I had a fabulous day catching up with locals at the Dunedin Lifestyle Expo recently.


Waitaki motorists get more choice

I welcome new fuel retailer Gull to the region and hope the new competition will help drive down fuel prices for North Otago motorists.

Great turnout at the recent Waitaki Race Relations Day event and congratulations to the Waitaki Multicultural Council for bringing the evening together.


Geraldine News under new ownership

Well known Geraldine residents Hugh and Fi McCafferty are the new owners of the Geraldine News. They already do a great deal for the local community and I wish them all the best with their new small business.

My Diary

May 16 – TRENZ conference, Rotorua
May 31 – Budget Day

Jacqui Dean
MP for Waitaki

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