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Wage subsidy extension

Government has decided in-principle to extend the wage subsidy scheme. We have also agreed in-principle to extend the mortgage deferral scheme, and to modify the COVID-19 Sick Leave Scheme to make it more accessible. Details will be finalised over the weekend and announced on Monday.

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COVID-19: Extension of Auckland Level 3, rest of NZ Level 2 to 26 August

The Auckland region will remain at Alert Level 3, and the rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2, until 11.59pm Wednesday 26 August.

Cabinet will meet again on the 21st of August to reassess these alert levels. 

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COVID-19: Auckland at Level 3, rest of NZ at Level 2

The Auckland region moved to Alert Level 3 on 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2.

Visit covid19.govt.nz for the latest information on alert levels, including an overview of restrictions in your area.

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Flexi-wage subsidy to support up to 40,000 people into work

We've announced that we will expand the Flexi-wage programme to support up to 40,000 more people into work, or to help them start their own business. It's yet another way we're helping keep our economy moving by getting people into work and training. Read on to find out more...

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Speech: Labour Campaign Launch 2020

Read below for Jacinda Ardern's Labour 2020 Campaign Launch speech.

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Labour backs businesses to hire 40,000 New Zealanders

  • Business subsidy of on average $7500, and up to $22,000, to hire unemployed New Zealanders
  • Up to 40,000 jobs to be supported by $311 million investment in keeping New Zealanders off the unemployment benefit
  • Ring-fenced fund to help unemployed start their own business
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Week That Was: Last week of Parliament

This week was the last of the 52nd Parliament: a major milestone for our Government and a great opportunity to look back at all the progress we've made for New Zealanders. This week, we increased support for businesses to take on apprentices, improved access to hospital care in Northland, and made rental tenancies more secure - and that's only the start. 

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Speech: Adjournment of the 52nd Parliament

Kia orana and kia ora koutou katoa. It is a privilege to be able to speak in this adjournment debate and to mark and acknowledge the fact that we are now two years and 10 months into the conclusion of a parliamentary term that has been extraordinary in so many ways.

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10 times Jacinda Ardern was a true leader

Jacinda Ardern's first term as Prime Minister has been recognised at home and around the world as a masterclass in leadership. Open, honest and authentic, Jacinda is a new type of leader - one that unites strength with kindness, boldness and compassion. 

As we head into the 2020 election, we're taking a look back at some of the key moments that have characterised Jacinda's leadership during her first term in Government.

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