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Higher rents add to rising living costs in Otago

Otago families are being hit hard under this Government with rent rises coming on top of other costs of living increases, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “I’m shocked that rents...


One size fits all won’t fit for water utilities

The Government is on warning not to dumb down rules for New Zealand’s Three Waters to a one-size-fits-all regime as it won’t be a good fit for every community, National's...


Govt deals another blow to Otago health services

The Government’s decision to scrap a proposed School of Rural Medicine is another blow to the provision of health services for communities in Otago, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “Our...


Wanaka families let down by KiwiBuild fiasco

KiwiBuild has been a massive disappointment to the Wanaka community with the scheme failing to help the local families who need it most, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “There have...


Jacqui Dean - Supports cafe owners facing seating dilemma

Waitaki MP and Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean says she hopes commonsense prevails in regard to a Central Otago cafe’s seating dilemma. “I feel for the owners of this small...


Central Otago’s after hours services left in limbo

A reduction in after hours services in Central Otago could affect patient safety and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is calling on...


Minister admits “gaps” in Wanaka Maternity care

The Minister of Health has admitted that there’s a gap in maternity facilities in Wanaka but seems to think that his Maternal and Child hub will solve it, Waitaki MP...


Wanaka’s new maternity package still falls short

The Southern District Health Board’s latest maternity services package for Wanaka still falls well short of the mark, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “If this package is about equity of...


Health Committee must consider Wanaka concerns

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is calling on the Government’s Health Select Committee to put the interests of Wanaka mothers and babies to the forefront of its recommendations to the Health...


Third speech on three waters and still no substance

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta needs to give certainty to the sector, instead of giving high-level keynote speeches that say nothing, National’s Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. “Today was...