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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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Labour to make Matariki a public holiday

  • Supports calls from New Zealanders for a uniquely New Zealand holiday that reflects growing interest in our history
  • A group of experts will help determine an exact date for the winter holiday but we expect it will always fall on a Monday or a Friday within Matariki
  • Beginning in 2022 to give businesses time to prepare and recover from COVID-19.
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More cold, damp homes under National

Judith Collins needs to come clean and spell out exactly what the National Party’s plans are to rip up requirements for rental properties to be warm and dry, Labour Associate Housing spokesperson Kris Faafoi said Monday.

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Labour backs businesses to hire 40,000 New Zealanders

  • Business subsidy of on average $7500, and up to $22,000, to hire unemployed New Zealanders
  • Up to 40,000 jobs to be supported by $311 million investment in keeping New Zealanders off the unemployment benefit
  • Ring-fenced fund to help unemployed start their own business
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