Since taking office in 2017, our Government has worked hard to lift wages and make life more affordable for New Zealanders, as we move forward with our plan to grow a secure economy for all.
Here are just some of the ways we’ve supported New Zealanders with the cost of living:
With global inflation driving up costs here at home, we’ve recently delivered further cost of living support to help New Zealanders through.
MORE COST OF LIVING SUPPORT
- Introducing a temporary cost of living payment for up to 2.1 million people earning less than $70,000. The new payment sits alongside the Winter Energy Payment, and, together, these will support 81% of New Zealanders aged 18 and over with their bills this year. Check your details and find out if you're eligible for this payment here.
- Extending the 25c per litre reduction on fuel, reduced road user charges, and half price public transport until 31 January 2023.
- Permanently halving public transport fares for Kiwis on low incomes.
- Taking action on supermarkets to make sure Kiwis are paying a fair price at the till. Read more about this work here.
- Helping more Kiwis buy their first home by lifting the income and house price caps on First Home Loans and Grants.
- Building more new public and transitional housing than any Government in decades.
- Supporting more Kiwis into the housing market through our Progressive Home Ownership scheme.
- Banned offshore speculators from buying Kiwi homes and removed interest deductibility that benefits local property speculators.
- Made renting fairer by removing unfair letting fees and limiting rent increases. And more.
MORE SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
- Boosted thousands of families’ incomes through the Families Package, which has helped to lift 66,500 children out of poverty.
- Making school more affordable by funding the removal of school donations and NCEA fees, and rolling out free, healthy lunches.
- Providing an extra $65 a week for parents of newborns with our Best Start payment.
- Extended free doctors’ visits to all children under 14, as well as increasing dental grants for low income families.
- Made the largest increases to benefits since the 1940s, lifting the incomes of thousands of Kiwis. And more.
- Extended paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks to support parents.
- Lifted the minimum wage, with this year’s increase worth more than $2,500 a year for full-time workers.
- Implementing Fair Pay Agreements to improve wages and conditions for workers.
- Doubled paid sick leave to 10 days to ensure no one feels pressured to go to work when they’re unwell.
- Passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill to ensure people who perform work of the same value are paid the same. And more.
- Boosted Superannuation, with payments lifting by $52 a fortnight for a single person and $80 for a couple.
- Introduced the Winter Energy Payment to help seniors weather the colder months, providing up to $700 for help with power bills.
- Made doctors’ visits cheaper for more than 500,000 Community Services Card holders, lifting financial barriers to accessing primary healthcare. And more.
MORE SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
- Made tertiary education more affordable with our first-year fees-free programme.
- Boosted student loan and allowance entitlements, to reduce cost pressures while studying.
- Helping more young Kiwis into work and training with free apprenticeships and targeted trades training. And more.
As we take the next steps in our plan, we’ll continue to grow a strong economy that gives security to New Zealanders in good times and in bad.
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