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The next steps in our plan to speed up New Zealand’s economic growth

Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a major package of reforms to address the immediate skill shortages in New Zealand and speed up our economic growth.

These include an early reopening to the world, a major milestone for international education, and a simplification of immigration settings to ensure New Zealand has the skilled workforce needed to build back better.

Here are the details:

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Six ways we’re reducing cost pressures for New Zealanders

Since the day we came into Government, we’ve worked hard to lift wages and reduce cost pressures facing New Zealanders. But we know the rising cost of living, driven by worldwide inflation and the war in Ukraine, is making things particularly tough right now. That’s why we’ve stepped up our efforts.

Here are just six of the ways we’re supporting New Zealanders:

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More Kiwis in work as our recovery gains momentum

Our economic recovery is gaining momentum and the latest figures show that the Government’s focus on jobs is working. We’ve delivered a record low unemployment rate as well as a steady fall in the number of New Zealanders receiving a main benefit.

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Labour's economic recovery in five graphs

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked hard to protect lives and livelihoods – and thanks to these efforts, our economy is now recovering faster than almost anywhere else in the world.

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Reopening to the world

We’re celebrating a big milestone this week – the return of international visitors.

New Zealand is open for business and our tourism destinations are among the world’s best.

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Ensuring New Zealanders can celebrate Matariki together

We’ve delivered on our commitment to make Matariki a public holiday. It’s a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate mātauranga Māori, and enjoy a mid-winter holiday with family and friends.

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Jacinda Ardern: How we're supporting Kiwis and lifting incomes

I was a child when the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s left many New Zealanders behind.

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Income boost for more than 1.4 million Kiwis

From today, the majority of New Zealand families, as well as many other households, will have more money in their pockets, thanks to a cost-of-living package designed to ease the pressure on low and middle income Kiwis.

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Moving forward in our COVID response

Over the past two years, Kiwis have pulled together and pulled out all the stops to protect each other from COVID-19. Our response has saved lives and given us a head start on our economic recovery. Thanks to the hard work of New Zealanders, we’re now able to ease restrictions and move into a new way of managing the pandemic.

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