Media Releases

Over $7 billion of infrastructure investment in the South Island key to Labour’s economic plan

The Labour Party will continue to build on its strong record of investment in infrastructure in the South Island to create economic stimulus and jobs.

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Labour takes pride in Rainbow policies

  • Ban conversion therapy
  • Invest $4 million in existing Rainbow youth mental health services
  • Ensure healthcare is responsive to the needs of trans, intersex and gender diverse people
  • Work with schools to provide gender neutral bathrooms
  • Review adoption and surrogacy policies with a view to removing discriminatory practices
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National’s reckless housing policy will take New Zealand backwards

National’s promises on housing will take New Zealand back to the 1990s, says Labour Housing Spokesperson Megan Woods.

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National-ACT botched budget a risk to recovery

Reports today that ACT has joined National in having major mistakes and gaps in its alternative Budget highlights how unprepared the Opposition is for Government and the risks that a National-ACT coalition would pose to New Zealand’s economic recovery, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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Healthy homes and hearts in rheumatic fever initiative

  • Expand the Healthy Homes initiative for housing basics like heaters, curtains, bedding and floor covering
  • Strengthen healthy home compliance and enforcement efforts by Tenancy Services 
  • A national register to actively track and treat rheumatic fever patients
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National’s unaffordable promises piling up

National’s campaign is stumbling along as a set of unfunded, ad-hoc announcements which will mean higher debt or more cuts to services like health and education, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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Faster, cheaper planning laws will protect environment

  • Repeal and replace the Resource Management Act 
  • Deliver better outcomes for natural and urban environments
  • Create jobs through fast-track consenting to help with the COVID-19 recovery
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Labour keeps housing sector moving

  • Five-point plan to maintain construction momentum during COVID-19:
    • Residential Development Response Fund
    • Continuing to deliver more than 18,000 public houses
    • Continuing to support first home buyers
    • Construction Sector Accord
    • Removing barriers to building homes with RMA changes
  • Partnering with Māori through MAIHI to support the implementation of the Homelessness Action Plan, and Iwi Māori pathway for progressive home ownership
  • Supporting energy efficiency, including through a new mandatory energy efficiency certificate to support homeowners to reduce costs
  • Regulating property managers to protect landlords and tenants
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