On Thursday 26 October, our Government took office. Since then we’ve got a whole lot of stuff done – in fact, we’ve ticked off everything that was in our 100 day plan. And this is just the beginning! We’ve got a whole lot more planned.
In the meantime, though, here are some of the things we’ve done in our first 100 days:
We’re investing in our people, and making sure our kids get the best possible start in life.
- In December, we passed our Families Package through Parliament. This package will lift tens of thousands of children out of poverty, and lift the incomes of 384,000 families. Some of the package’s highlights include:
– Paid parental leave will be extended to 22 weeks this July, and to 26 weeks by July 2020
– Families with new-borns will receive Best Start payments (that’s an extra $60 a week) until their baby turns one
– A million Kiwis will get help heating their homes in winter through our Winter Energy Payment. Read more about the package here.
- We’ve committed to equal pay, because it’s time we do better by all women. Read more.
- We’ve raised the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018, because we’re committed to a high-performing economy that delivers good jobs, decent work conditions, and fair wages. Read more.
- We've introduced legislation to set a child poverty reduction target so that all future governments, including ours, measure and report on how they’re doing in this vital work. We want New Zealand to be the best place in the world to grow up. Read more.
We’re working hard to make sure every Kiwi has a decent place to call home.
- We’ve introduced a law to ban overseas speculators, to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home. Read more.
- We’ve stopped the previous Government’s mass state house sell-off. We’ll build more state homes instead of selling them off. Read more.
- We’ve passed the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, which requires all rentals to be warm and dry – because every New Zealander deserves a healthy home to live in. Read more.
- We’ve started our programme to build 100,000 more homes. We believe home ownership should be a reality for more Kiwis, and this is one way we’ll make that happen. Read more.
We’re looking after our environment.
- We’ve started the work to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Climate change is the challenge of our times, and we’re ready to be a world leader on it. Read more.
- We’ve banned microbeads, as part of our contribution to global efforts to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans. Read more.
We’re prioritising our neglected health system, and making sure New Zealanders can get the care they need.
- We’ve announced a ministerial inquiry into our mental health system. It’s time to do better by New Zealanders. Read more.
- We’ve introduced legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain. We don’t want New Zealanders to have to watch loved ones struggling – we want people to be able to find relief. Read more.
We’re making things right.
- We’ve established the Pike River Recovery Agency, as well as a responsible Minister. Pike River was a national tragedy, and after seven years it’s critical we make every effort to safely recover the mine drift, so we can better understand why 29 men never came home – and make sure it never happens again. Read more.
- We’ve set up an inquiry into the historical abuse of children in state care. It’s a chance to confront our history, and make sure we never make the same mistakes again. Read more.
We’re investing in our economic future.
- We’ve resumed contributions to the Super Fund, to help safeguard the provision of universal superannuation at age 65. Read more.
- We’ve established a Tax Working Group to make sure our tax system is a fair and progressive one, where everyone is paying their fair share. Read more.
We've been able to pay for all of this by cancelling National's proposed tax cuts – and we've managed to do it all while being fiscally responsible and sticking to our Budget Responsibility Rules.
It’s a lot that we’ve ticked off in our first 100 days – but there is so much more to come, and we don’t want you to miss any of it! Click here to go to our Facebook page so you can keep updated with our work, and click here to join our mailing list so we can let you know what’s happening.