Hon Jacqui Dean
Jacqui Dean is the MP for Waitaki and Opposition spokesperson for Small Business and Local Government. She is also a member of the Administration and Governance Select Committee.
Now in her fifth term, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role, which has been characterised by her energy, determination and incredible work ethic.
First elected in 2005, she has previously held responsibilities as Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Small Business, Associate Minister for ACC and Local Government and Opposition spokesperson for Tourism.
Jacqui is a proud advocate for the people and communities which make up the Waitaki electorate and she is driven by a desire to see the region thrive.
Her roles with Small Business and Local Government are a perfect fit for the work that she is already doing around the electorate as the MP for Waitaki and she is focussed on championing local needs and holding the Government to account.
Priorities include keeping pressure on the Government to support communities with freedom camping issues, advocating for infrastructure funding and ensuring local councils get their fair of regional development support.
She is also determined to work hard for small business owners, ensuring a positive and productive environment for them to thrive in.
Before her election to Parliament in 2005, Ms Dean was a Waitaki District councillor and deputy mayor.
She is married to Oamaru lawyer Bill Dean and the couple have three adult children and three grandchildren.