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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...


Wanaka & Alexandra less safe after 24/7 stations cancelled

A decision by the Labour-led Government to axe 24/7 police stations in Wanaka and Alexandra is unfair on our communities and will lead to more victims, MP for Waitaki Jacqui...


MPI failure results in stink bugs discovery in Oamaru

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she is shocked about the discovery of 26 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in a box of imported shoes in Oamaru.“The shoes were purchased from...


Maternity services in Wanaka still unsafe

There has been no real improvement to maternity services in Wanaka in months and there’s still a long way to go before services are safe, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says....


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...