Dean prepares for bikini walk in Wanaka


For Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean a bikini-clad parade down Wanaka’s Ardmore St is to become a reality.

Back in September Mrs Dean made a bet over the results of the Gigatown competition with fellow MP Nick Smith of Nelson.

In short, both MP’s bet towns in their electorate would make it into the final stage of competition.

“We had to do a selfie in the town’s main street in a bikini or speedos and post it to our Facebook page,” said Mrs Dean.

As both Nelson and Wanaka made it to the final stage, this technically made the bet ”null and void”.

However, in the spirit of competition and after a brief conversation with a rather ”smug” victor, Mrs Dean accepted her fate.

“I have graciously conceded to Nick Smith that Wanaka was beaten narrowly by Nelson in the final.

“I am going to appear in the main street of Wanaka in my bathes.”

The date for the outing was set for March 28 next year giving the Waitaki MP plenty of time to train.

“I have signed up for the Southern Lakes Half Marathon . . . the reason I’m doing this is pretty obvious.”

A strict regime of gruelling exercise and clean eating was already on Mrs Dean’s mind.

“So Christmas is cancelled . . . nobody better come at me with a block of chocolate.”

A specific time and place for the selfie was yet to be decided.

“Probably around midnight without a flash.”

Joking aside, Mrs Dean was quick to congratulate Dunedin for their win.

“Congratulations to Dunedin.

“Alas, that title has now gone to our southern neighbours, however I’m convinced some of the benefits will come our way.”

Towns across New Zealand sent over 2.3 million tweets, made more than 387,587 Facebook posts and took part in 46,839 quizzes from the beginning of the competition in 2013.

PHOTO: Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean, seen here with Nelson MP Nick Smith, has graciously accepted her fate and will don a bikini in Wanaka’s town centre next year.

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