We’re securing New Zealand’s future, building on our strong economy while making real progress on long term issues like housing, child poverty and climate change.
Keeping New Zealanders safe from COVID-19
Over the past few years, we’ve worked together to protect each other. Our world-leading response has prevented the devastation seen in other countries, saving thousands of lives and livelihoods, and our COVID-19 Protect Framework has effectively managed the Omicron outbreak. Thanks to our actions, New Zealand has one of the lowest COVID death rates in the OECD.
As we take the next steps, we’re committed to keeping New Zealanders safe, whether that’s by securing new antiviral medicines and treatments, strengthening our health system or protecting against new variants.
The latest figures show that, thanks to our strong economic response to COVID-19, New Zealand is heading in the right direction. We’re recovering faster than almost any other country in the world, with GDP growing, exports up, and unemployment at record lows.
Despite this, we know things still feel tough for many families. As global issues like rising inflation, supply chain issues and the war in Ukraine impact prices here at home, we’re taking action to ease the pressure.
We’ve rolled out a range of measures to lift incomes and support Kiwis. To provide immediate relief, we’ve cut fuel tax, road user charges and public transport fares. Other initiatives, like our 1 April income increases, minimum wage increases and the Winter Energy Payment are providing further support to families, as we move forward with our plan for a secure future.
Our Government was elected to turn around New Zealand’s record on child poverty. It’s a complex issue that will take time to fix, but we’re making good progress. Already, initiatives like our Families Package, historic boosts to main benefits and free lunches in schools have lifted 66,500 children out of poverty, and we’re helping more families put food on the table through increases to benefits and the minimum wage.
However, we know there’s more to do. We’re committed to continuing our progress on child poverty and inequality, so that we can make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.
New Zealand’s housing crisis has been decades in the making, and there’s no silver bullet or quick fix – but we’re making progress.
Housing supply is ramping up, with a record number of new houses consented this year. We’re speeding up the scale and pace of house building through our $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund. We’ve also built more public and transitional houses than any Government in decades, and are on track to deliver 18,000 by 2024. Our free trades training and apprenticeships, which have supported more than 190,000 people into the trades so far, are ensuring we have the skilled workforce we need to get more houses built.
There’s no single answer for fixing the housing crisis, but together, the measures we’ve put in place are making a real difference.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and since coming into Government, we’ve made tackling climate change a priority. We’ve passed the landmark Zero Carbon Act, banned new offshore oil and gas exploration, worked with farmers on a world-leading agreement to reduce agricultural emissions, invested in innovative low carbon technology and more to help us meet our climate goals.
Now, we’re taking the next steps, laying the foundations for lasting action, while creating jobs and supporting our recovery. We’re supporting schools, hospitals and businesses to make the switch to cleaner energy, investing in low carbon transport and freight, and transforming recycling, as we move forward with our plan for New Zealand to be carbon neutral by 2050.
We’re committed to improving the intergenerational wellbeing of our whānau by working in close partnerships with Māori. Together, we’ve made changes to support our communities, including establishing the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti, supporting more rangatahi into work and training, and unlocking the potential of whenua Māori.
We’re continuing this mahi as we continue with our recovery, tackling inequality through initiatives like the Māori Health Authority, partnering with iwi to accelerate housing developments and more support for Māori medium education.