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Strong enrolments at regional polytechnics send clear message to Government

Strong 2019 enrolments at Otago and Southland polytechnics send a clear message to the Government that its mega-merger proposal is not needed in the South, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says....


Community health services under threat as debt escalates

Communities across the region need to know what’s happening with health services in their towns, as health board debt continues to spiral, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. “I think people...


Govt betrays High Country farmers

The Government has effectively betrayed farmers with its decision to rewrite the rules around management of the South Island High Country, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says.“It’s obvious Green Party Minister...


Sad day for tertiary and trades training in Otago

It’s a sad day for education in the regions, with the Government’s proposed polytechnic megamerger likely to negatively impact on tertiary and apprenticeship training across Otago, National’s MP for Waitaki...


Oamaru Hospital Proposed restructure the start – not the end.

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she understands the fear and apprehension within the community following the announcement of a proposed organisational restructure by the Waitaki District Health Services this week....


Shops shuttered as Govt fails to support SMEs

Empty shops along the main streets of towns around New Zealand reflect the Government’s lack of support for small business, National’s Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. “I acknowledge the...


Lack of Govt support empties Oamaru shops

Empty retail and office space in Oamaru's main street are a reflection of the Government’s lack of support for small business, Waitaki MP and National Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean...


SDHB troubles could affect Central Otago/Wanaka

MP for Waitaki, Jacqui Dean says an equity funding injection from the Government to help the Southern District Health Board balance its books could spell disaster for several Central Otago...


Govt turning its back on low income households

Government laws changes around rental letting fees, effective this week will see rents increase for Central Otago tenants, Waitaki MP Jacqui...


Still concerned about After-Hours Healthcare in Central Otago

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she continues to be concerned about reduced after hours services in Central Otago. "I am pleased that Central Otago Health Services and local GPs are...