News & Achievements

Historic free trade agreement with the European Union

We’ve secured a major free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) – a move that’s set to boost exports by $1.8 billion per annum, enhance our economic security, and enable New Zealand businesses to grow, by unlocking one of the world’s biggest and high value markets.

The new historic agreement will increase New Zealand’s GDP by up to $1.4 billion per year by 2035. This is fantastic news for Kiwi exporters and our economy, and comes on top of our recent $1 billion United Kingdom free trade agreement.

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A better health system for all

Our Government is committed to making sure that our health system works for all New Zealanders, no matter who you are or where you live.

Transformation of our health system will take time, and the step we’re taking today – establishing Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority – is about getting the structure right.

We’re making the changes as seamless as possible, so most patients won’t see the change on day one. You can be confident the health services your family relies on will be delivered by the same great people, and in the same local places. If you have an appointment booked this will not change.

But in the coming years New Zealanders right across the country will see real improvements to our health system.

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How we’re delivering a better future for women and girls

We’re committed to ensuring that there is every opportunity for women and girls to succeed in Aotearoa New Zealand, with fewer barriers.

Since coming into Government, we’ve worked hard to support women and girls, by improving services like healthcare and tackling issues like the gender pay gap.

Here are just some of the ways we’re making life easier for Kiwi women:

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Celebrating our first Matariki public holiday

We’re proud to have delivered on our election commitment to establish a public holiday to celebrate Matariki. For the first time this year, New Zealanders will have the chance to enjoy a mid-winter holiday that is uniquely our own.

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Major milestone in our school upgrade programme

This week, we’ve marked a major milestone in our school upgrade programme.

We've supported 4,500 projects across the country for schools to upgrade classrooms, sports facilities, playgrounds and more, so Kiwi kids have the best possible environments to learn in.

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How much do you know about Matariki?

We’ve delivered on our election commitment to make Matariki a public holiday. For the first time this year, all New Zealanders will have the chance to enjoy a mid-winter holiday that is uniquely our own with family and friends. Try our quiz below, then challenge your whānau!

To celebrate, we’ve put together a quiz to test how much you know about Matariki and mātauranga Māori. Show off your knowledge or learn something new… then challenge your whānau to do better. Good luck!

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New Zealand is open for business and in high demand

As New Zealand reconnects with the world, we’re making the most of every opportunity to show we’re a great place to visit, trade with and invest in as part of our plan to grow our economy and build a secure future for all Kiwis.

Just this week we saw further evidence that we’re moving in the right direction, with the news that export revenue from the food and fibre sector expected to reach a record $52.2 billion this year.

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Safe and affordable water for all

With our Three Waters programme, we’re fixing New Zealand’s water infrastructure and ensuring Kiwi families don’t have to foot the bill through huge rates increases. Continue reading →

Making sure Kiwis pay a fair price at the supermarket

As part of our work to ease the cost of living, we’re taking action on supermarkets to make sure New Zealanders are paying a fair price at the supermarket checkout.

We know competition in the supermarket industry isn’t working. New Zealanders aren’t getting a fair deal. People are fed up with paying a premium for just the basics, while supermarkets earn $1 million a day in excess profits.

The situation needs to change, and we’re taking further action to make sure that Kiwis are paying a fair price at the till.

Here's what we're doing:

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