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SDHB boss out of touch with maternity issues

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she is disappointed inaccurate comments by the Southern District Health Board’s CEO have further inflamed the Wanaka maternity services debate. “Chris Fleming has bumbled his...


Budget deliver more bad news for maternity services

More bad news for maternity services in the Upper Clutha and Central Otago with independent midwives once again missing out on having their remuneration claim addressed in the Botched Budget,...


‘Wellbeing’ Budget offers no consolation in Roxburgh

A wellbeing Budget will be of little consolation to the people of Central Otago, who a year ago lost Government support for their Roxburgh Children’s Village and saw it permanently...


Freedom Camping funds should not disadvantage private operators

Government funding for freedom camping should not be used in direct competition with private camping ground operators, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “The Queenstown Lakes District ($530,000), and the Mackenzie...


Climate Change Bill must not undermine this region's economy

Whilst it’s important to support action on climate change, it must not be at the expense of the economic well-being of the Central Otago and Upper Clutha region, Waitaki MP...


Government interference in Otago water management

A Government investigation into the Otago Regional Council around freshwater management has potential to end up with Central Government hijacking the process, says National Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean. “The...


Jacqui Dean calls on Health Minister must address lack of Central Otago maternity telemedicine facilities

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is calling on the Government to urgently improve telemedicine facilities for Central Otago mothers, after the Southern District Health Board admitted more clinics were needed. “Last...


May Newsletter - From the Dean's Office

From the Dean's Office 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...


More funding needed to address Central Otago rural health

The Government’s recent $1 million grant for the Maniototo Hospital rebuild has exposed the yawning gap in rural health service funding in other parts of Central Otago, Waitaki MP Jacqui...


Govt KiwiBuild buy-back in Wanaka shameful

It’s shameful that taxpayers will have to foot the bill for Wanaka’s dismal KiwiBuild scheme, with the Government now buying five of the houses that failed to sell, Waitaki MP...