New Zealand Labour Party

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Fairer wages for contracted public service workers

  • As part of our economic plan, Labour will invest in our people by supporting more low income working New Zealanders.
  • Labour will progressively extend Living Wage guarantees to contractors to the public service
  • This will encompass public sector contractors working as cleaners, caterers, and security guards
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Labour helps families get ahead

As part of our economic plan we are investing in our people by supporting low income New Zealanders to improve their futures.

Labour is:

  • Reinstating the Training Incentive Allowance for higher skilled courses which will provide up to $4,515 per year to assist with extra costs
  • Increasing the amount of money people who are working part-time can earn while on a benefit
  • Continuing the welfare overhaul and implementing the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group
  • Revamping and expanding the Flexi-wage programme to support up to 40,000 more New Zealanders into work or to set up a business 
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Managing safe border entry to boost economic recovery

  • Enable a 10 percent quota for critical workers as we further develop the allocation system for managed isolation places
  • Review immigration criteria to enable a broader range of workers to enter New Zealand
  • New Investment Attraction Strategy to encourage targeted and high-value international investment into New Zealand
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100% renewable electricity generation by 2030

  • Labour will bring forward the target of 100 percent renewable electricity generation five years to 2030 with a review at the 2025 emissions budget
  • $70m to accelerate a potential dry year storage solution, such as pumped hydro at Lake Onslow
  • Accelerate electrification of transport and industrial sectors
  • Further investing in emerging technologies, like green hydrogen, to position New Zealand as a world leader in renewable energy
  • Continuing to make energy more affordable for all New Zealanders.
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National needs to come clean on debt

The National Party needs to come clean about whether it is going to use accounting trickery to meet its debt target, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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Balanced revenue policy targets debt, and protects essential services like health and education

• No income tax changes for 98% of Kiwis
• A new top rate of 39%, but only on income earned above $180,000
• No new taxes or any further increases to income tax next term
• Extra revenue raised used to protect health and education, control debt, support recovery plan
• Closing loopholes so multi-national corporations pay their fair share

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Small business plan to keep New Zealand moving

Small businesses are at the centre of Labour’s plan for economic recovery with a raft of further measures to support SMEs to respond, recover and rebuild from the global impact of COVID-19.

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Where are National’s policy costings?

National’s chaotic and inconsistent approach to policy is on show with a string of announcements made with no costings attached to them.

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