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Hon Jacqui Dean
About Hon Jacqui Dean: Jacqui Dean is Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Small Business. She has been the MP for Waitaki for four terms. First elected in 2005, Mrs Dean has been re-elected with substantial majorities at every election since.
Also the Associate Minister for ACC and the Associate Minister of Local Government, Mrs Dean has had extensive experience in Parliament previously chairing the Law and Order and Justice and Electoral Committees.
She is well familiar with the needs of business to have access to stable financial markets, well designed regulation that fosters innovation and competition, as well as international competitiveness.
Mrs Dean is passionate about promoting the needs of smaller communities, while encouraging wider economic growth across the country, and is also a strong advocate for health and women’s issues.
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 has three adult children and three grandchildren.
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