Who should I vote for?
It’s now less than one month until election day. If you still haven’t decided who you’re voting for, check out our handy guide below to help you make up your mind!
Want to keep New Zealand moving? Vote Labour.
Labour has a five-point plan to grow the economy, support businesses and communities, and build back better - and it’s already in motion. A vote for Labour is a vote to continue with our rebuild and recovery plan, and keep New Zealand moving.
Keen for more warm, dry homes for Kiwi families? Vote Labour.
Our Government has delivered thousands of new public houses, stopped National’s state house sell-off, banned unfair letting fees, and introduced the Healthy Homes Guarantee to ensure all rentals are warm and dry. There’s still more to do, so if you want to see more healthy homes for Kiwis, vote Labour on 17 October.
Think all New Zealanders deserve modern hospitals and quality healthcare? Vote Labour.
We got straight to work upgrading New Zealand’s rundown hospitals after nine years of neglect. We’re taking mental health seriously with new facilities and services right around the country, made doctor’s visits cheaper for over half a million Kiwis, and set up a National Cancer Control Agency. When it comes to our healthcare system, we can’t afford to go backwards - so make sure you vote Labour.
Support fairer wages and safer working conditions? Vote Labour.
Labour has a long history of supporting working New Zealanders. Since coming into Government, we’ve raised the minimum wage to $18.90, restored the rest and meal breaks that National scrapped, and extended paid parental leave to 26 weeks. Next term, we’re planning to extend sick leave to ten days a year and increase the minimum wage to $20 an hour - but to lock in these changes, you’ll need to vote Labour.
Care about the climate and clean energy? Vote Labour.
We’ve already passed the landmark Zero Carbon Act, banned single-use plastic bags and stopped new offshore oil and gas exploration permits. Now, we’ve committed to bringing forward the goal of 100% renewable electricity generation by five years to 2030, as part of our plan to move towards a low-carbon economy. If you want cleaner energy and action on climate, vote Labour.
Want to make sure every child gets a great start in life? Vote Labour.
We want New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child, which is why we’ve rolled out free lunches in schools, launched the Families Package and BestStart payment, introduced free period products in schools, built new classrooms and schools for thousands of children, passed the Child Poverty Reduction Act, and expanded the nurses in schools programme. We’re just getting started, so if you want a better New Zealand for our tamariki, vote Labour.
Like swimming in clean rivers and lakes? Vote Labour.
When we came into office, too many of New Zealand’s rivers and lakes were unswimmable after years of degradation. We’ve started rolling out new freshwater regulations to reverse this damage, and we’re creating almost 11,000 new environment jobs to clean up waterways around the country and protect our environment. There’s still a way to go, but we’ve made a good start - so if you like swimming in clean rivers and lakes, vote Labour.
Back small businesses? Vote Labour.
When COVID-19 hit, we went hard and early to support small businesses with the wage subsidy, interest-free loans and more than $3 billion in tax refunds. Small businesses are at the heart of our economy, which is why Labour will continue to back Kiwi businesses as together, we rebuild and recover.
Want a leader with a proven track record? Vote Labour.
Jacinda Ardern has led New Zealand through the March 15 terror attack, the Whakaari/White Island eruption and a global pandemic, all while making progress on the long-term challenges facing New Zealand, and having a child. If you’re proud to have Jacinda Ardern as your Prime Minister, vote Labour on 17 October.
Want to put the brakes on our COVID recovery? Vote National.
Thanks to our careful economic management before COVID-19, and our strong health response since the virus arrived in New Zealand, we’ve been able to get our economy going faster than many other countries.
We’re taking advantage of this headstart by rolling out our plan to create jobs, support businesses and continue to grow our economy, without cutting vital services like health and education. Our plan is already in motion, and we can’t afford to slow down now.
A vote for National is a vote to put on the brakes and start again from scratch. It’s a vote to slash funding for vital public services like health and education, in the middle of a global pandemic. If you want to put our rebuild and recovery at risk, vote National.