News & Achievements

Twenty highlights of 2020

As we welcome in the new year, our focus is on continuing to keep New Zealanders safe and moving forward with our economic recovery. There’s a lot to get on with, but before we say a final goodbye to 2020, here’s a quick look back at some of the milestones we’ve achieved over the past year.

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Highlights of new MP maiden speeches (so far!)

At the 2020 General Election, the New Zealand public gave Labour a strong mandate to govern alone - the first Party to achieve this under the MMP system in New Zealand.

This mandate also meant the introduction of a huge number of new MPs - 23 in total!

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New Zealand declares climate emergency

New Zealand has declared a climate emergency, committing to urgent action on reducing emissions.

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"The Government books are doing better than expected": Grant Robertson on our economic recovery

This week we presented the audited Government accounts for the year to 30 June 2020. These always take a while to be audited and published. But this year, with all that's been happening they cover a time that seems long ago!

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SPEECH: Opening the 53rd Parliament

E aku hoa i te ara o te whai,

Kia kotahi tā tātou takahi i te kō, ko tōku whiwhi kei tō koutou tautoko mai.

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"We can do better": Kelvin Davis talks tackling racism in education

"Racism exists – we feel little and bad."

Those were the unprompted words of one student during an interview for the Education Matters to Me report produced by the Children’s Commissioner in 2018.

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Speeding up recovery: fast-tracking projects to boost jobs, build houses

We’ve announced three additional projects to go through the fast-track resource consenting process. Read below for a quick rundown of what these projects are, what the fast-tracking process means, and why the Government is using fast-tracking as one way to create jobs sooner and accelerate our economic recovery from COVID-19.

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85 per cent increase in Kiwi apprentices

As we recover and rebuild from COVID-19, we’re investing in major shovel-ready and long-term infrastructure projects up and down the country – creating thousands of jobs in the trades nationwide.

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Celebrating World Children's Day

This World Children’s Day, we’re taking a look at all the ways we’re working to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.

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