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$2 million rates bill on the cards for Otago Regional Council

Otago ratepayers could face a $2 million rates bill as its Regional Council employs extra staff to contend with the Government’s new Freshwater regulations, National’s MP for Waitaki Jacqui Dean says....


Drug-related crime across Otago escalates as the Gov’t fails to deliver

We can no longer ignore the disturbing rates of methamphetamine, and drug-related crime, which are tearing a hole in the social fabric of our communities, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says....


New funding will boost Waitaki health services

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she welcomes newly acquired Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) funding for Oamaru Hospital which will benefit healthcare in Oamaru and across the wider Waitaki. “A new agreement has...


Freshwater meetings response reflects rural concern

A huge response to freshwater meetings in the region reflects the rural communities level of concern about the Government's proposals, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says.  "The meetings, in Fairlie, Papakaio and Waimate last...


Southern DHB measles cases increase

Measles cases across the Southern District Health Board region continue to mount and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she's worried that the issue isn't being treated seriously enough. “I’m feeling...


Positive to see more women successful in local body elections

Communities have spoken with more women being elected into local body politics than ever, National’s Local Government Spokesperson and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “If we want our local councils...


Freshwater meetings with National’s Agriculture spokesperson this week

14 October 2019 Hearing farmers' concerns around the Government’s proposed Freshwater policy changes will be the focus of meetings in the district this week, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. "I'll be...


Newsletter - September 2019

It’s been quite a month. Farmers have been under the hammer in recent weeks, new freshwater proposals are set to costs communities, small business confidence continues to tank and all...


Government water policy will see rates soar across the Waitaki

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says urban New Zealand must realise they too are in the gun with the Governments Essential Freshwater Discussion Documents. “There has been much discussion about the...


Farmers the target of Government bullying

We should be so proud of what we do, New Zealand, we not only feed our nation, but the world.  We are the most emissions-efficient producers of dairy across the...