New Zealand Labour Party

100 reasons to vote Labour

It's less than 100 days until people across New Zealand get to decide who they want to see leading our country through the next three years. 

Still trying to make up your mind who to vote for? Check below for a list of 100 things we've done in our first term.

This blog was last updated 13/06/2020.

  1. Boosting the incomes of 384,000 families by $75 a week through our Families Package, when fully rolled out
  2. Widened Working for Families eligibility to include 26,000 more families, as part of the Families Package
  3. Helping 12,500 people with our BestStart payment, making life easier for parents with new-born babies with $60 extra each week, for up to the child’s first three years
  4. Extended Paid Parental Leave to 22 weeks, further increasing to 26 weeks in July 2020 - and we also increased these payments by an extra $20 a week
  5. Lifted 18,400 children out of poverty as a result of the Families Package
  6. Extended the nurses in schools programme to cover decile 4 and 5 secondary students, so around 83,000 students have access to school-based health services
  7. Rolled out the free and healthy lunches in schools programme to all Year 1-8 children in 31 schools, extending to 200,000 children by Terms 2-3 in 2021, also creating around 2,000 more jobs
  8. Restored the 100 per cent funding band for teacher-led ECE services
  9. Banned smoking in cars with children and moving to restrict vaping product sales to 18+
  10. Began a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions
  11. Made the largest-ever investment in preventing, and responding to, family and sexual violence
  12. Permanently increased main benefits by $25 a week to support Kiwi families
  13. Introduced measures to stop predatory lending that often impacts low-income families
  14. Rolling out a five-year plan to deliver extra mental health support at GP clinics
  15. Boosted funding for suicide prevention services and those who are bereaved by suicide, and set up a Suicide Prevention Office to coordinate action to reduce New Zealand’s high rate of suicide
  16. Made doctors’ visits cheaper for nearly 600,000 people - and extended free doctors' visits to all children under 14
  17. Changed the law to provide legal access to medicinal cannabis
  18. Made free mental health care available for over 10,000 people aged 18 to 25, with mild to moderate mental health needs - through the Piki programme
  19. Free period products in schools for those who need them, beginning at 15 Waikato schools and expanding to all state and state-integrated schools on an opt-in basis in 2021
  20. Boosted funding for air and road ambulances
  21. Established the independent National Cancer Control Agency, launched the Cancer Action Plan, funding Pharmac so it can provide more cancer treatment medication, and making the largest-ever investment in radiation therapy
  22. Rolled out the National Bowel Screening Programme to more DHBs
  23. Lifted the cap on gender reassignment surgeries
  24. Making a record investment in repairing our rundown hospitals and health services, including the biggest-ever funding increase for DHBs, and increased funding to deliver approximately 153,000 more surgeries and procedures, radiology scans, and specialist appointments to help clear the backlog caused by COVID-19
  25. Paying our carers and Mental Health and Addiction workers fairly
  26. Delivering the largest-ever funding boost for disability support services
  27. Creating a $500m fund to strengthen our health services to fight and contain COVID-19
  28. Funding 17,000 public and transitional houses, representing the largest public housing building programme in recent decades and helping to stimulate the residential construction sector, create jobs and reduce the housing shortage
  29. Delivered over 6,000 new public and transitional homes
  30. Boosted funding to the Government’s insulation and heating programme, which will make around 9,000 more houses warmer and healthier, and support hundreds of jobs
  31. Expanded Housing First to help up to 2,700 long-term homeless people; over 1,150 households are now engaged with the Housing First programme
  32. Ensuring rental properties are healthy and warm with the Healthy Homes Standards and Warmer Kiwi Homes programme
  33. Building consents at a 45-year high
  34. Introduced the Winter Energy Payment that helps about a million New Zealanders stay warm each winter - and then doubled it for 2020
  35. Banned unfair letting fees
  36. Cracked down on speculators by closing tax loopholes and banning foreign buyers
  37. Put an end to National's state house sell-off
  38. Reduced the deposit needed to buy a first home and allowed family and friends to combine their First Home Grants and Kiwisavers to buy their homes
  39. Scrapped the need for consents for basic home improvements, through exemptions to the Building Code
  40. Froze rent increases and added more protection for tenants to keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic
  41. Introduced a 6-month deferred mortgage payment scheme to support mortgage holders whose incomes are affected by COVID-19, so that Kiwis don’t lose their homes during this period
  42. More than 1100 additional motel units secured for homeless and people living rough, by government agencies, community housing, iwi and Māori providers in our COVID-19 response
  43. Delivered unemployment to around its lowest level in over a decade, and lifted wages up 4.4%, before COVID-19 pandemic
  44. Increased the minimum wage to $17.70 per hour from 1 April 2019 and to $18.90 from April 2020
  45. Backed Kiwi research and development innovators, entrepreneurs, and crown researchers with a $401 million funding boost through Budget 2020
  46. Supporting Kiwis who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 with a new payment to help them find new employment or retrain
  47. Providing access to arbitration in a timely and cost-effective way to support small or medium businesses to reach agreement on a fair rent
  48. Invested $232 million to boost jobs and opportunities in the primary sector and rural New Zealand
  49. Established a $400 million targeted Tourism Recovery Fund, assisting the industry to recover and restart
  50. Invested $100 million to redeploy workers workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19
  51. Introduced a suite of measures to provide relief for small and medium-sized businesses including: new tax and rent measures, expanding business advice services, and working with banks to help guarantee finance to businesses
  52. Introduced and extended the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme, which has now benefited around 1.7 million people
  53. Helped small businesses with the Small Business Cash Flow loan scheme, which made loans interest-free for the first year, with more than 55,000 businesses applying in the first fortnight
  54. Supported Māori communities in the face of COVID-19, with a targeted package for Maori businesses
  55. Built and upgraded rail, roads, schools, and hospitals across the country through the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme
  56. Restarted contributions to the Super Fund, to help keep the cost of NZ Superannuation affordable
  57. Pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas
  58. Acted on the Commerce Commission Fuel Market Study recommendations to give Kiwis a fairer deal at the pump
  59. Passed the landmark Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, as part of our plan to make New Zealand carbon-neutral by 2050
  60. Creating almost 11,000 new jobs in our regions to restore and protect our environment by upgrading walking tracks, restoring wetlands, eradicating pests and more
  61. Acknowledged that climate change is bigger than politics – by holding cross-party meetings and welcoming support for a Climate Commission
  62. Banned single-use plastic bags and microbeads; helping to ensure we protect our marine life, and live up to our clean, green reputation
  63. Gave the Department of Conservation its largest funding boost in 16 years
  64. Stopped new offshore exploration permits for oil and gas, while making sure we continue to support the people who work in those fields
  65. Started to clean up our rivers by working with farmers to fence waterways and plant trees
  66. Established the $100 million New Zealand Green Investment Finance Ltd - a commercially-focused investment company which will work with business to reduce emissions while making a profit
  67. Invested record amounts in cleaner public transport
  68. Making it easier for New Zealanders to choose active transport with investment in new cycleways, shared paths, and expanding the Bikes in Schools programme
  69. Planting one billion trees by 2028, through the One Billion Trees Programme
  70. Launched the Predator Free 2050 strategy
  71. Upgrading nearly every state school in New Zealand, with up to $400,000 per school
  72. Funded 623 Learning Support Coordinators for children with diverse learning needs, so kids at more than 1,000 schools and kura can get the support they need to learn
  73. Launched Mana in Mahi, supporting employers to take on apprentices and tackle youth unemployment - and funded an additional 2,000 places in Budget 2019
  74. Scrapped National Standards, after listening to teachers and principals
  75. Ended the pressure for most parents to pay school donations by increasing funding to almost all decile 1-7 schools
  76. Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship, helping more than 145,000 households and around 168,000 secondary students
  77. Addressing the teacher shortage by training and supporting thousands more teachers over the next four years
  78. Making sure New Zealand history is taught in all schools and kura by 2022
  79. Delivered a funding boost over four years for early learning services to improve the pay of up to 17,000 qualified teachers working in education and care services
  80. Brought back government funding for adult night classes, investing in Adult and Community Education to help providers meet the increased needs for training and upskilling and give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn
  81. Making trades training in critical industries, and all apprenticeships, free from 1 July to get people into work and get key infrastructure built
  82. Strengthening regional economies through the Provincial Growth Fund, including upgrading transport links, boosting regional businesses, and expanding rural broadband.
  83. Protected the productivity of the country’s vital beef and dairy sectors with a thorough and ongoing response to eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis
  84. Upgrading the safety of 870 kms of high-volume, high-risk State Highways and roads throughout the country, through the Safe Network Programme
  85. Recruited to achieve the largest, and most diverse, Police workforce in history – over 10,000 full-time officers
  86. Re-entered the Pike River drift to help families get closure and justice
  87. Safely reduced the prison population
  88. Cracking down on illicit drug manufacturers and suppliers while making it easier for those with substance addictions to get treatment
  89. Made it easier to vote by allowing people to enrol on the day and putting polling booths in supermarkets and malls
  90. Removed abortion from the Crimes Act
  91. Established Te Arawhiti - The Office for Māori Crown Relations to make the Crown a better Treaty partner and enable better on-going relationships with Māori
  92. Expanding Whānau Ora to support the health and wellbeing of close to 160,000 whānau, in response to COVID-19
  93. Funding He Poutama Rangatahi, Mana in Mahi, and Māori Cadetships to invest in employment and skills training for Māori
  94. Increased New Zealand’s annual refugee quota to 1,500 from 2020
  95. Enhancing our role in the Pacific through the Pacific Reset: boosting disaster aid and financial support, and implementing measures to prevent and address the effects of climate change
  96. Leading the “Christchurch Call”, along with France, to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online
  97. Supported hundreds of stranded travellers to be assisted home during the COVID-19 pandemic
  98. Banned military-style semi-automatic firearms a week after the March 15 terrorist attacks, and then removed over 60,000 prohibited firearms from circulation, through the gun buy-back
  99. Reinstated prescribed meal and rest breaks for workers
  100. Installed 100 rural mobile broadband towers, as part of our rural broadband roll-out, to get our regional communities and businesses digitally connected

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