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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...


100 mothers miss out on Maternity hub services

At least one hundred Wanaka mothers and babies will be unable to use the town’s proposed Maternal and Child Hub facilities because it won’t be open in time, Waitaki MP...


June Newsletter - From the Dean's Office

Welcome to my June Newsletter! One of the key functions in opposition is holding the Government to account and there has certainly been a lot of...


PM asked to to review struggling Wanaka maternity services

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she has asked the Prime Minister to urgently review Wanaka maternity services, after an Otago woman was forced to give birth on her midwife’s floor...


Southern DHB maternity plans fall short in Wanaka

The Southern District Health Board will have to do much more in Wanaka than announce the location of its much-delayed Mother and Child Hub if it wants to address maternity...


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...