Following the 2014 Election, Labour placed all policy under review. We will continue to announce new policy through to the 2017 Election.
Announced Policies to date
Fixing the Housing Crisis
Home ownership is the worst it’s been in 60 years and our young people are increasingly giving up on the idea of ever owning their own home. The more the National Government denies there is a problem, the more it shows how out of touch they are getting.
Instead of fixing the problem, National is siding with property speculators. They are too focused on looking after those at the top rather than families in the middle.
Labour backs the Kiwi dream of home ownership.
That’s why we will:
- Build more affordable houses.
- Crack down on speculators.
- Support those in need.
Transforming Careers Advice
- Ensure every student has a personalised career development plan.
- Professionalise careers advice and integrate it into learning. Every high school will have highly trained, skilled careers advice staff.
- Develop partnerships between schools, businesses and training providers to provide young people with hands on experience in schools encouraging flexible approaches like the Gateway programme.
- Labour’s Working Futures Plan provides three years of free post-school education over a person’s lifetime. It can be used for any training, apprenticeship or higher education approved by NZQA and can be used for full-time or part-time study.
- The three years don’t have to be used all at once. For instance, someone could complete a one year polytechnic course in their twenties, then a two year design course if they want to retrain later in life.
- The plan will be introduced in phases, with one year’s education available from 2019, two years from 2022 and three years available from 2025.
- It will not affect the existing living allowances and course-related costs.
Flexible Tax for Business
- An entirely flexible voluntary withholding tax, to let businesses meet their tax obligations at a rate of their choosing and on their own timetable, rather than the current rigid system of provisional tax.
- Raise the threshold for businesses to pay provisional tax from $2500 to $5000.
- Remove late payment penalties on provisional tax.
Young Entrepreneurs Policy
- The Young Entrepreneurs Plan will allow a small number of smart and innovative young New Zealanders to apply to cash in their three free years of education, instead receiving a start-up business grant, training and a business mentor. Any New Zealander aged 18 to 23 can apply for up to $20,000 to start a new business based on an innovative idea.
- They must have been through an accelerator business training programme, which will be paid for under the policy, have a business mentor and a business plan accepted by an independent panel of business experts.
- This will be a one-off grant, helping those with a great idea and the drive to make it happen, get access to the finance that otherwise would be unavailable to them. Safeguards include training and a mentor who will help them put their business plan into action.
Our Work Our Future
Labour will ensure the Government focuses on creating more jobs:
- When Government organisations issue large contracts, they will have to choose the winning bid based on which creates jobs in New Zealand.
- When Government organisations issue contracts, they will have to design them so that companies focused on creating jobs in New Zealand have a fair chance of winning them.
Dole for Apprenticeships
- Labour is boosting its Dole for Apprenticeships scheme. We are expanding our previous commitment to pay the equivalent of the unemployment benefit to employers who take on an apprentice.
- This is an extension of the Kickstart Apprenticeships scheme which offered Dole for Apprenticeships to 18 and 19 year olds only, capped at 3000 per year.
- We are removing the cap and extending the eligibility to all 18 to 24 year olds not earning or learning. There are currently 72,000 under 25 year olds in New Zealand who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), 11% of this population.
- There are almost 12,000 fewer apprentices in training today than there were in 2007 under Labour.
Child Obesity Package
- In Government, we will provide a clear time-frame for industry to reduce sugar content in all processed food
- We'll roll out the Project Energize programme from the Waikato, nationally
- We'll introduce an actual childhood obesity reduction target, not a weak referral target like National has done
- We'll implement clear front-of-package labelling that is easy for everyone to understand
- We will develop policy around advertising unhealthy food to children, school food requirements, etc.
We'll be announcing more on our Child Obesity Package closer to the election.
Double the Refugee Quota
Labour will double New Zealand's refugee quota to 1500. Read more here.