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Health Minister deserts Central Otago and Wanaka mothers

The Health Minister has distanced himself from the maternity crisis affecting Central Otago and Wanaka, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “Pre-election David Clark promised families that he would improve maternity...


July Newsletter - From the Dean's Office

Welcome to my July Newsletter! It’s been quite a month! I’ve been travelling the country with my Red Tape Roadshow, while continuing to fight the battle for better...


Praise for Oamaru township revitalisation movement

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has welcomed a much-needed discussion this week around the revitalisation of Oamaru’s town centre. A large crowd gathered at Oamaru’s Opera House last night for a discussion...


Alexandra maternity hospital closures jeopardise mothers’ safety

Central Otago mothers could be left with nowhere to birth in the wake of a staffing and funding crisis at Charlotte Jean maternity hospital, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “I’m extremely...


Oamaru police efforts praised

There are no room for drugs in Oamaru, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says, and she’s commending local police for cleaning up the town with their recent arrests. “Police have arrested...


Road user charges hit Waitaki transport businesses

“The Government are shooting us in the foot” – that's the call from North Otago transport companies speaking with Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. “I have been in contact...


Maternity services across this region are in trouble

We’ve had a baby born on the side of the road, another on the floor of a midwife’s office, while another mother had to be flown to Dunedin Hospital leaving...


Short-sighted Govt irrigation policy jeopardises CO economic development

Delays in the $60-$70 million Falls Dam irrigation project will impact economic development across Central Otago, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “I’m extremely disappointed this project has been put on...


Otago short-changed with Provincial Growth Funding

The Government is short-changing Otago with its allocation of Provincial Growth Funding, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “A total of $8.449 million has been given to projects in Otago to...


Better infrastructure needed for Lake Hawea growth

Strong population growth at Lake Hawea will put more pressure on the town’s infrastructure and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says it’s an issue that the local council and community must...