Media Releases

Backing our regions for recovery

  • New $200m Regional Strategic Partnership Fund to support economic development plans developed by regions
  • Existing PGF projects to be progressed over next term, unallocated PGF sector funding will be considered for redistribution to new regionally developed plans.
  • Continuing the Provincial Development Unit to develop and implement plans
  • $42 billion of capital committed to stimulate the Covid recovery and create jobs
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National’s plan desperate and reckless

National’s policy announcement today confirms how desperate and irresponsible they are when it comes to the economy, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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Judith Collins beholden to radical ACT cuts

A National Government would be forced to implement severe cuts, including slashing the incomes of the elderly through winter, as the price of Government with the ACT Party, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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$5bn of Lower North Island infrastructure investment key to Labour’s economic plan

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

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Stronger, fairer education system

  • Significantly close the pay gap for teachers working in education and care centres
  • Replace the decile system with the Equity Index
  • Roll out the Free and Healthy School Lunches programme to a quarter of all school-aged children
  • Targeting funding in areas such as trades training and apprenticeships in the post-COVID environment supported by the Reform of Vocational Education
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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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