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15 times Jacinda Ardern has shown she’s a true leader

During her time as Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has navigated New Zealand through unprecedented times. Through it all, she’s become known as someone who leads with kindness, compassion and strength, while keeping the wellbeing of Kiwis at the heart of her approach.

To celebrate five years of Jacinda leading the Labour Party, we’re taking a look back at some of her most defining moments.

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Easing the pressure on New Zealanders

Since taking office in 2017, our Government has worked hard to lift wages and make life more affordable for New Zealanders, as we move forward with our plan to grow a secure economy for all.

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“A real game-changer” – how we’re supporting Kiwis

Supporting New Zealanders is at the heart of our approach as a Government, and we’re working hard to tackle the big issues Kiwis are facing.

While long term challenges like child poverty won’t be solved overnight, we’re putting in place policies that make a real difference for New Zealanders.

Here are some of the ways we’re supporting Kiwis, and what people are saying about the impact these programmes are having:

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More tools to tackle gangs and keep our communities safer

We’ve announced the next steps in our work to tackle crime and gangs – because all New Zealanders deserve to live in communities that are safe.

These new practical tools build on our strong law and order record, which includes delivering New Zealand’s largest ever Police service, targeting illegal firearms, as well as our work to break the cycles of offending.

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Making housing more affordable

Every New Zealander deserves a healthy, affordable place to call home.

We have a comprehensive plan to make it happen, and we’re making good progress.

Here's the latest on how we're supporting Kiwis into homes:

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106 years of supporting Kiwis

It’s our birthday this week! For more than a century, we’ve remained committed to supporting New Zealanders and securing a better future for all.

As we mark 106 years of the New Zealand Labour Party, here’s a look at how our work has made a difference for New Zealanders and their families, from 1916 to today.

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Protecting our environment and marine life from plastics

Our Government is taking further action on plastics to turn around New Zealand’s rubbish record on waste, and to restore our environment for future generations.

It’s now been more than three years since our Government banned single-use plastic bags, to help clean up our environment and protect marine life.

Before we took action, these plastic shopping bags were being used for only 12 minutes on average, but took 1,000 years to break down. They were littering our waterways and harming all kinds of species – from turtles and fish, to sea lions and whales.

Thanks to our ban on single-use plastic bags, and further work on plastics, it’s estimated that more than two billion single-use plastic items will be removed from the environment each year. But with more than 60% of the waste found on our beaches each year being plastic, we know that even more needs to be done.

Here are the next steps in our plan to clean up our environment:

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Building a better Aotearoa for disabled people

We’re incredibly proud to be celebrating the launch of Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People will put disabled people, their whānau, carers, and supporters first, removing barriers that existed when there was no single agency. The Ministry will also be the first in Aotearoa to have a New Zealand Sign Language name.

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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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