Chris Hipkins sets out 9 key pledges to New Zealand

Labour Leader Chris Hipkins has set out nine key pledges to be achieved in his first full term as Prime Minister.

“I’ve only just started. Having been Prime Minister for just over eight months I’m asking New Zealanders to back me for a full term to put in place my priorities for fighting the cost of living crisis and growing our economy,” Chris Hipkins said.

“Labour has achieved a lot in government, but there is more to do and also a lot at stake if the Coalition of Cuts get in.

“The traditional Labour pledge card is my promise to New Zealanders of the key things I intend to get done next term.”

Labour’s pledge card priorities are:

  1. Free dental care for under 30-year-olds. Basic dental care will be free for everyone under age 24 from July 2025 and under age 30 from July 2026.
  2. Remove GST from fruit and vege. Families will save around $20 a month from April 2024, making healthy eating easier.
  3. Financial Literacy required in schools. Every school leaver will have a good understanding of banking, budgeting and investing starting 2025.
  4. Expand 20 hours free Early Childhood Education to 2-year-olds. Saving parents an average of $133 a week from March 2024.
  5. Extra $25 per week for 160,000 working families. Big boost to Working for Families from April 2024 to help with the cost of raising kids.
  6. Add 300 more frontline Police. We’ve already delivered 1,800 additional Police, now we will add 300 more frontline Police by 2027.
  7. Four weeks paid parental leave for partners. Partners will get 2 weeks paid leave from July 2024, 3 weeks from July 2025 and 4 weeks from July 2026.
  8. Trade mission to India in the first 100 days. Boost economic growth and support our farmers and exporters by working towards a Free Trade Agreement with India.
  9. Make Apprenticeship Boost permanent. Businesses who take on an apprentice will receive $500 per month for 2 years. This successful scheme will be made permanent.

“I’m aware others have got on the Labour bandwagon and launched their own pledge card in recent times – as they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” Chris Hipkins said.

“Unlike our opponents’ pledge card, ours is specific about what we’re going to do and when we are going to do it.

“This is about giving New Zealanders confidence about what a first full term Chris Hipkins Government looks like. It will be focused on the basics of fighting the cost of living and growing the economy.

“What you see is what you get with me. In contrast National’s tax plan doesn’t add up and we don’t know exactly what cuts the Coalition of Cuts will make after ACT and New Zealand First place their demands. There is a lot of uncertainty around them.

“I offer experience, stability and certainty with a practical plan that responds to the cost of living crisis today, while also building a better tomorrow,” Chris Hipkins said

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