Valuing Our Communities

Labour stands for fairness and equality of opportunity, celebration of diversity, and community empowerment.

We are working diligently to realise this vision for all New Zealanders. We were elected to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders. We’re doing that, and we’ll continue to place the wellbeing of all New Zealand communities at the heart of everything we do.

Labour’s plan

Labour is already rolling out our plan to support our communities to build back up from COVID-19 and thrive. That’s why we have:

  • Provided the biggest-ever funding boost for the disability sector so people with disabilities are empowered to live fulfilling lives
  • Assisted Māori-led programmes, to meet the specific needs of Māori communities. The range of responses cover areas including community outreach, healthcare (particularly for kaumātua and kuia), rangitahi training and support for small businesses
  • Backing Pacific Peoples through the Pacific package to ensure they are not left behind and missing out on jobs and business opportunities
  • Supported our artists and creatives and cultural and heritage organisations by providing target support to the sector to help them get back on their feet
  • Boosted funding for the water safety sector to meet increased demand, including Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Coastguard New Zealand, and Water Safety NZ

Labour will continue to train up to 12,000 community-based workers over the next three years, so more people seeking mental health and addiction support have someone to turn to, as part of our re-establishment of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

Labour will continue to work towards achieving the goal of 50 percent women’s representation on state sector boards by 2021, having already reached 49 percent by December 2019.

Labour’s achievements to date

During the COVID crisis

We provided additional funding for the Rainbow support service, OUTLine, which enabled them to provide and promote a remote service during lockdown, boosting peer-support for deaf, Rainbow, and Asian communities who can feel particularly isolated.

The Health Promotion Agency launched mental wellbeing information campaigns and resources targeted specifically for Māori, Pacific peoples, people with underlying health conditions, older New Zealanders, pregnant women, and new mothers.

We launched three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa, which were developed with significant community input from people across all cultures and backgrounds.

We upgraded digital connectivity for urban marae and remote communities, to lift development and wellbeing as businesses and communities seek to recover and reconnect after COVID-19.

And we supported Pacific Peoples through our COVID-19 recovery plan as they recover and rebuild, creating opportunities across the economy for more Pacific people to have an equal opportunity to meaningful, well-paid work.

Before the COVID crisis

After the 15 March terror attacks, we implemented urgent measures to support ethnic communities, including extra funding for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

In 2018, we passed a law to wipe historic homosexual convictions. We also established the Rainbow Wellbeing Legacy Fund, to support young members of the Rainbow Community.

We boosted funding to support groups working to promote ethnic diversity, develop participation in employment and society, and support our ethnic communities to thrive.

Since we came into Government, we’ve also:

  • Removed the limit on publicly-funded gender confirmation surgeries provided by the private sector, and made it free to change the registered sex on birth certificates
  • Expanded the Welcoming Communities programme, which helps to make sure our diverse communities are places where everyone feels included, has a sense of belonging, and opportunities to succeed
  • Helped seniors stay connected and improve their financial position through upgrading and enhancing the SuperGold Card and funding Digital Literacy training