In the lead-up to Christmas, we’re celebrating 12 of our top successes this year:
1. We forced National to increase Pharmac’s funding so patients can access life-saving cancer drug Keytruda.
Read: Pharmac funds melanoma drug Keytruda
2. Together with unions and teachers, we demanded that the Government drop its plan to bulk fund schools.
Read: Government backs down on bulk funding
3. We forced the Government to eliminate zero hours contracts.
Read: Labour defeats zero hour contracts
4. We launched our comprehensive housing plan to build affordable houses, crack down on speculators, and help families in need.
Read: Our comprehensive housing package
5. We won mayoral races in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Whanganui, and Rotorua.
Read: A good night for Labour’s local government candidates
6. We had a huge win in the Mt Roskill by-election for our candidate Michael Wood, who’ll join us in Parliament next year.
Read: Labour's Michael Wood sweeps Mt Roskill by-election
7. We forced the Government to stop ripping a dividend out of Housing New Zealand.
Read: Labour would stop state house sell-off, scrap Housing NZ payments to Govt
8. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Greens to change the Government.
Read: Labour and Green leaders announce closer co-operation agreement
9. Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Bill, requiring all rentals to be warm, dry, and healthy to live in, passed its first reading in Parliament.
Read: Healthy homes bill passes first reading
10. We helped Redcliffs community save its school after the Government threatened to close it.
Read: Christchurch's Redcliffs School to stay open
11. We forced the Government to increase mental health funding for Canterbury after they’d cut it.
Read: Government to fund several mental health packages worth millions for Canterbury
12. We got the numbers in Parliament for 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave. (Sadly Bill English then vetoed it.)
Read: Final push for paid parental leave
Thanks to all those who worked with us and campaigned with us on these issues. We’re looking forward to doing it again next year when we change the Government.
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