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Led by Jacinda Ardern, our strong, stable government has delivered results and put people first every step of the way. In health, housing, education and more, we've got a strong track record of delivering for New Zealanders.

Now, we’re continuing to put people first with our decisive response to COVID-19. Our plan for recovery is creating jobs, investing in our economy, and backing businesses to recover. Let’s keep building on our success, and let’s keep moving.

Updated 21 September 2020.

Economy

Supported more than 1.7 million people through the initial lockdown with the Wage Subsidy, and hundreds of thousands through the Wage Subsidy extension

Children & Family

Extended Paid Parental Leave from 18 to 26 weeks, and increased Paid Parental Leave by up to $20 a week

Environment

Banned single-use plastic bags and committed to phasing out more single-use plastics

Economy

Provided interest-free loans of up to $100,000 to help more than 50,000 businesses stay afloat

Housing

Funded an additional 8,000 new public and transitional homes through Budget 2020

Environment

Passed the landmark Zero Carbon Act, with a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Employment & Business

Increased the minimum wage to $18.90 per hour from 1 April 2020

Housing

Scrapped the need for consents for low-risk building work, such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports saving homeowners $18 million in consenting costs each year, unclogging the building consent process, and making it quicker and more affordable

Māori

During COVID-19, our Māori Response Package helped Māori health providers support hard-to-reach and vulnerable whānau

COVID-19

Established a $500 million COVID-19 health response fund, for primary care, public health, intensive care and hospital equipment, mental health support, telehealth, and Healthline

Housing

Banned offshore speculators from our housing market

COVID-19

Introduced a four-stage COVID-19 alert level system and followed up with our five-point economic recovery plan

Education

Making trades training in critical industries, and all apprenticeships, free from 1 July to get people into work and get key infrastructure built

COVID-19

Joined the global search for a COVID-19 vaccine

Māori

Supported Māori communities in the face of COVID-19 with a targeted package for Māori businesses

Health

Re-establishing the Mental Health Commission to provide independent insight and leadership on mental health and addiction policies

Housing

Helped to keep Kiwi’s warmer with our Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, ensuring an estimated 9,000 additional houses will be warmer and healthier, and supporting hundreds of jobs

Children & Family

Boosted the incomes of around 384,000 families by an average of $75 a week through our Families Package

Environment

Delivered the strongest ever protections to clean up our rivers and lakes

Health

Made visiting the doctor cheaper or free for nearly 600,000 New Zealanders

Health

Launched a new Cancer Action Plan, created the independent Cancer Control Agency, and made the largest ever investment in radiation therapy

Māori

Boosted Whānau Ora to support more whānau need on the ground and in the communities who need it most

Housing

Expanded Housing First to help long-term homeless people into homes

Transport

Made an unprecedented investment in public transport and walking and cycling improvements, to help tackle climate change

Environment

Creating almost 11,000 new jobs in our regions to restore and protect our environment by upgrading walking tracks, restoring wetlands, eradicating pests and more

Children & Family

Lifted 18,400 children out of poverty, as part of our commitment to reducing child poverty

Children & Family

Expanded the free lunches in schools programme, expecting to benefit around 200,000 children by the third term of next year, creating thousands more jobs

Health

Boosting funding for PHARMAC to make sure New Zealanders continue to get the medicines they need despite global pressure on supply chains

Housing

Banned unfair letting fees and no-cause tenancy terminations

Children & Family

Permanently increased main benefits by $25 a week to support Kiwi families

Justice

Removed abortion from the Crimes Act, rightly treating it as a health issue

International

Backed New Zealand exporters during COVID, including providing on-the-ground support to help local businesses connect with overseas markets and global partners

Health

Rolling out frontline mental health services, like Piki, which provides free mental health and wellbeing support to 18-25 year olds, benefitting more than 300,000 people

Māori

Made sure New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura by 2022

Children & Family

Banned smoking in cars with children, to protect young people, and passed legislation to regulate vaping products and heated tobacco devices

COVID-19

Introduced some of the most strict border controls in the world to help keep COVID-19 out of our communities

Children & Family

Extended the Nurses in Schools programme to cover decile 4 and 5 secondary students

COVID-19

Required people coming into New Zealand to enter managed isolation for 14 days, with tests around days three and twelve

Māori

Established Te Arawhiti – The Office for Māori Crown Relations to make the Crown a better Treaty partner and improve partnerships with Māori.

COVID-19

Launched the annual Influenza Immunisation Programme early to ease pressure on hospitals

COVID-19

Worked hard to repatriate thousands of New Zealanders stuck overseas, while helping foreigners stranded in New Zealand return home

Children & Family

Helping families with our Best Start payment, making life easier for parents of young children with an extra $60 a week for up to the child’s first three years

COVID-19

Temporarily removed tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports for COVID-19 response

Justice

Safely reduced the prison population

Economy

Announced the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme, investing in roads, rail, hospitals and schools, and our regions to future-proof the economy. This gives a $10 billion boost to New Zealand’s economy over the first five years; includes transport projects to boost productivity and long-term growth; will upgrade and modernise land, air, and sea assets throughout regional New Zealand

Economy

Restarted contributions to the Super Fund, to help keep the cost of NZ Super affordable

Education

Launched and expanded Mana in Mahi, supporting employers to take on apprentices, and He Poutama Rangatahi, to tackle youth unemployment, increasing support and job opportunities for those most at risk in the labour market

COVID-19

Strengthened our national contact tracing system, and introduced the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app

Transport

Building $6.8 billion worth of transport projects across the country as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme

COVID-19

Supported GPs and pharmacies with additional funding to respond to COVID-19-related demand, and boosted funding for PHARMAC to cover increased pharmaceutical costs

COVID-19

Provided additional funding for the aged care sector

COVID-19

Funded the COVID-19 Māori Response Package, delivering a boost for 132 Māori health providers, over 86,000 care and hygiene packages, tens of thousands of flu jabs, and a social media campaign providing health and social sector support.

Health

Strengthened our health workforce by adding more doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health workers

Environment

Stopped issuing new offshore oil and gas permits

Economy

Introduced the Winter Energy Payment – and doubled it for 2020

Economy

Supported incomes for the hardest hit with the 12-week COVID-19 income relief payment of up to $490 a week for people made redundant due to COVID-19

Children & Family

Largest-ever investment in preventing and responding to, family and sexual violence

Housing

Balanced the rights of renters and landlords by reforming the Residential Tenancies Act

Economy

Fast-tracking key development and infrastructure projects to help get New Zealand moving

Economy

Rolled out further support for small and medium-sized businesses, including $3.1 billion tax loss carry-back scheme, the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses, changes to the tax loss continuity rules, and business consultancy support to help businesses respond to COVID-19

Justice

Passed the Family Violence and Family Violence (Amendments) Acts, sending a strong signal that New Zealand is committed to tackling family and sexual violence

International

Joined the global search for a COVID-19 vaccine, enabling New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts

Economy

Protecting people in financial hardship from high-cost loans that trap them in debt

Economy

Froze charges at the border to help export and import businesses and protect jobs from the impacts of COVID-19

Economy

Provided support to hard-hit sectors with packages for: tourism; screen production; aviation; arts, culture and heritage; sport and recreation; and the social sector and community groups.

COVID-19

Established an essential workers leave scheme, to ensure those who take leave from work to comply with public health guidelines continue to receive income

COVID-19

Secured more than 1,000 motel units for homeless and vulnerable people during lockdown

COVID-19

Acted quickly to ensure personal protective equipment was getting where it was needed most

Children & Family

Passed the Child Poverty Reduction Act and confirmed child poverty reduction targets

Regions

Backing Māori landowners by creating new opportunities to drive growth in their regions

Regions

Installed 100 rural mobile broadband towers, as part of our rural broadband roll-out, to get our regional communities and businesses digitally connected

Children & Family

Providing free period products in schools for those who need them, beginning at 15 Waikato schools and expanding to all state and state-integrated schools on an opt-in basis next year

Children & Family

Scrapped the discriminatory sanction that cuts benefit income to women who have not declared the name of their child’s father, affecting around 24,000 children

Children & Family

Delivered a funding boost over four years for early learning services to improve the pay of up to 17,000 qualified teachers working in education and care services

Children & Family

Developed New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy to help make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

Education

Building new schools and classrooms for 100,000 students, with a plan to make sure we work with schools and communities to address increasing demand

Justice

Passed the Arms Legislation Bill, further strengthening gun law

Children & Family

Continued to expand the Tupu Aotearoa programme to provide sustainable employment and tertiary education pathways for Pacific communities

Health

Established a $500 million COVID-19 health response fund, including funding for: primary care (including community-based assessment centres, equipment and logistics); public health (focusing on contact tracing); intensive care and hospital equipment; help for GPs and community health providers to use technology for remote consultations; and Healthline

Health

Taking mental health seriously, with the biggest investment in mental health in any Budget, ever

Regions

Launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs

Justice

Set up Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata – Safe and Effective Justice, bringing together Government, sector agencies, community workers, Māori leaders, victims, and offenders

Justice

Re-entered the Pike River drift to help families get closure and justice

Regions

Removed the cost of trades training in critical industries, including in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, aquaculture and forestry

Māori

Progressed changes to council rates to allow councils to wipe rate arrears on whenua Māori

Environment

Established the $100 million New Zealand Green Investment Finance Ltd – a commercially-focused investment company which will work with business to reduce emissions while making a profit

Health

Fast-tracked the much needed rebuild of Dunedin Hospital

Environment

Addressed food waste by redirecting food to those in need

Health

Paying our carers and Mental Health and Addiction workers fairly

Employment & Business

Changed the law to make sure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax

Employment & Business

Restored rights for Kiwi workers by reinstating meal and rest breaks, strengthening collective bargaining, restoring protections for vulnerable workers and limiting 90-day trials to businesses with fewer than 20 employees

Education

Taking the financial pressure off parents by increasing funding to decile 1-7 schools if they don’t ask parents for donations

Environment

Launched Te Mana o te Taio - Aoteoroa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020, which sets a direction for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our biodiversity

International

Boosted aid to support our Pacific neighbours to tackle COVID and rebuild their communities and economies

Education

Increasing the volume of Trades Academy places in secondary schools by 1,000 places a year from 2021, helping to build up our future skilled workforce

Housing

Changed the law so all private rentals have to meet minimum standards to be warm and dry

Health

Boosted funding for air and road ambulances

Māori

Invested in iwi projects through our commitment to revitalise the regions

Education

Brought back government funding for adult night classes, investing in Adult and Community Education to help providers meet the increased needs for training and upskilling and give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn

International

Adopted the most significant statement on regional security by Pacific leaders in a generation

Environment

Overhauling the Resource Management Act, because it hasn’t properly protected our environment

Education

Scrapped National Standards, after listening to teachers and principals

Transport

Delivered sustainable surpluses, growth well ahead of the OECD average, and low debt that enabled a strong response to COVID-19

Justice

Brought in the 105 Police number, improving service for the public, while taking pressure off the 111 number

Housing

Paused tenancy terminations during the COVID-19 lockdowns

Education

Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship, helping more than 145,000 households and around 168,000 secondary students

Justice

Strengthened the Family Court to give New Zealanders a platform that is safe for participants, sensitive to their needs, and where every party has their voice heard fairly and appropriately

Employment & Business

Restored collective bargaining rights for screen sector workers

International

Pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas

Health

Boosted funding for suicide prevention services and those who are bereaved by suicide, and set up a Suicide Prevention Office to coordinate action to reduce New Zealand's high rate of suicide

Justice

Established the Criminal Cases Review Commission, to independently investigate alleged miscarriages of justice

Economy

Primary export revenue has soared to record highs

Māori

Supporting Kōhanga Reo, to ensure kaiako are paid fairly and facilities are in good condition, as part of our ongoing commitment to Māori education

Employment & Business

Funded more frontline MSD staff to help people into meaningful work

Housing

Created a $350m Residential Development Response Fund to support the construction sector through COVID-19

Housing

Building consents at a 45-year high

International

Made an historic increase to the annual quota of refugees, lifting the quota from 1,000 to 1,500

Housing

Implemented a mortgage holiday for homeowners affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, now extended to March 2021

Employment & Business

Lifted abatement thresholds so people on a benefit are incentivised to also work and keep more of what they earn

Employment & Business

Delivered unemployment to around its lowest level in over a decade, and lifted wages up 4.4%, before COVID-19 pandemic

Regions

Ramping up pest control programmes to protect farmers from costly pests like wilding pines and wallabies

Economy

Introduced measures to stop predatory lending that often impacts low-income families

Regions

Strengthen the National Animal Identification and Tracing system to ensure it’s an easy-to-use, world-class traceability system that keeps our primary sector safe

Environment

Launched the Predator Free 2050 strategy

Regions

Investing in New Zealand’s long-neglected regions through the Provincial Growth Fund

Justice

Began a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions

Transport

Investing over $700 million for shovel ready transport projects such as cycleways, walkways, ports and roads, to help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild

Justice

Secured a public referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis

Justice

Recruited to achieve the largest, and most diverse Police workforce in New Zealand history, now at over 13,000 employees

Economy

Addressing long-term economic challenges like building a sustainable economy and preparing for the jobs of the future

Transport

Started planning for the Future of Rail with a ten year plan that lays out our Government’s vision to revitalise rail

Transport

Plugged the $5.9 billion hole left in Auckland’s transport budget, and construction has started on the Eastern Busway, extra lanes on SH20B, Puhinui Interchange, Old Māngere Bridge replacement project, K Road Cycleway, Matakana Link Road, and Constellation Bus Station

Children & Family

Widened Working for Families eligibility to include 26,000 more families, as part of the Families Package

Education

Making sure New Zealand history is taught in all schools and kura by 2022

Transport

Upgrading the safety of 870 kms of high-volume, high-risk State Highways and roads throughout the country, through the Safe Network Programme

Transport

More than doubled the funding for New Zealand Search and Rescue, recreational boating safety and safety awareness receives to save lives

Environment

Provided the largest funding boost for the Department of Conservation since 2002

Economy

Signed the CPTPP, potentially delivering exporters $222 million tariff savings and launched free trade negotiations with the EU

Education

Delivered a funding boost over four years for early learning services to improve the pay of up to 17,000 qualified teachers working in education and care services

Māori

Launched a new Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund

Environment

Taken action to protect the future of New Zealand’s endangered Māui and Hector’s dolphins

Regions

Invested $232 million to boost jobs and opportunities in the primary sector and rural New Zealand

Regions

Maintaining the viability of fresh vegetable production, through our new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management

Health

Made record investments in DHBs to relieve some of the pressure they’ve been under

Economy

Rolling out our COVID-19 worker redeployment package to keep more people in work

Environment

Acknowledged that climate change is bigger than politics – by holding cross-party meetings and welcoming support for a Climate Commission

Environment

Investing in recycling infrastructure, including a recent boost of $124m for a number of initiatives across New Zealand

Education

Funding 623 Learning Support Coordinators to ensure children with diverse learning needs get the support they need to learn, supporting kids in more than 1,000 schools and kura

Transport

Making it easier for New Zealanders to choose active transport with investment in new cycleways, shared paths, and expanding the Bikes in Schools programme

Housing

Increased number of transitional housing places

Māori

Provided significant support and investment to unlock the potential of whenua Māori and support whānau aspirations around their whenua

Regions

Introduced an International Visitor Levy to support our regional tourism infrastructure and conservation projects

Māori

Expanded the Oranga Marae repair and development fund to support the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae

Economy

Pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas

Environment

Reached an historic consensus with our farming sector to implement farm-level pricing of climate change emissions from the agriculture sector by 2025

Economy

Backed Kiwi research and development innovators, entrepreneurs, and Crown researchers with a $401 million funding boost through Budget 2020

Transport

Extended the expiry of driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications this year to help ease pressure off families and businesses during the pandemic

Transport

Started getting rail back on track after it was left in a state of ‘managed decline’, through investing $4.6 billion this term

International

Upgraded our free trade agreement with Singapore, so Kiwis can visit Singapore, visa-free, for up to three months

Justice

Restored the right to vote to all eligible prisoners serving less than three years

Education

Giving almost every state school a one-off capital injection of up to $400,000, the biggest capital injection for school maintenance funding in at least 25 years

Economy

Focused on wellbeing alongside economic success: improving health, generating skills and knowledge, defeating poverty, and being responsible guardians of the environment

Environment

Started upgrading schools and hospitals to ensure they run on clean energy

Health

Lifted the cap on gender reassignment surgeries

Economy

Made significant business tax changes to reduce cashflow pressure, including lifting the provisional tax threshold, reinstating building depreciation, writing off interest on the late payment of tax, and providing greater flexibility for businesses to meet their tax obligations

Māori

Improved access to healthy, affordable homes through investing in papākainga and housing repair programmes

International

Strengthening our bilateral cooperation with the EU on emissions trading systems

Regions

Introduced new regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system

Transport

Kicked off the rollout of 3,300kms of common sense road safety upgrades to save lives after years of the road toll rising, with over 2,500kms done so far including rumble strips, safer speeds, and side and median barriers

Regions

Protected the productivity of New Zealand’s vital beef and dairy sectors with a thorough and ongoing response to eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis

Health

Changed the law to provide legal access to medicinal cannabis

Health

Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence and better supporting survivors, making the biggest-ever investment in family violence and sexual violence support services, including the Integrated Safety Response teams and 24/7 sexual violence crisis support services

Education

Established the Workforce Development Councils to strategically plan for the recovery of industries and jobs from the impact of COVID-19

International

Led the Christchurch Call in the aftermath of March 15, committing Governments and tech companies to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online

Environment

Investing in local projects to improve the health of our waterways, restore mini wetlands and stabilise riverbanks

Housing

Launched the Progressive Home Ownership scheme, supporting more New Zealanders into Home Ownership

Economy

Acted on the Commerce Commission Fuel Market Study recommendations to give Kiwis a fairer deal at the pump

Health

Investing significantly in new and existing neglected mental health and addiction facilities, including in Hamilton, Tairāwhiti, Palmerston North and Christchurch

Justice

Increased funding to Customs to employ more staff to expand border surveillance, further strengthening the Government’s defence against COVID-19

Education

Made targeted vocational training courses free for all ages over the next two years, which will help people who have lost their jobs retrain and also allow new employees in some essential services to train on the job

Health

Made record capital investments to rebuild our rundown hospitals and health facilities

Justice

Made it easier to vote by allowing people to enrol on the day

Transport

Saved and funded the refurbishment of 15 electric trains that run between Hamilton and Palmerston North

International

Held a Pacific Conference on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in line with our proud nuclear-free history

Housing

Supported Kiwis through the COVID-19 crisis to remain in their homes with our six-month freeze on residential rent increases

Regions

Protecting New Zealand’s most fertile and versatile land, to ensure it’s available for future primary production and is protected from inappropriate subdivision, use and development

Housing

Worked with community organisations, iwi and councils to urgently provide spaces for over 1,000 vulnerable people with a place to stay, to keep them safe from the potential spread of COVID-19

Regions

Backing the horticulture sector to seize new opportunities for growth and stay ahead of international competitors, including with funding to secure new imported plant varieties and breeding material

International

Supported Air New Zealand to secure and maintain freight links with important markets

International

Initiated the Pacific Reset, our commitment to build deeper partnerships with Pacific nations and the expansion of our development programme there

International

Led the Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability (ACCTS), a first-of-its-kind agreement that will use trade rules to tackle climate change and other environmental issues

International

Mobilised 400 MFAT staff to provide emergency response services to help stranded Kiwis return home amid COVID-19 border closures

Justice

Launched Māori Pathway initiative, taking action on the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending rates

Economy

Balanced record levels of investment to resolve the long-term challenges facing New Zealand, while managing the books responsibly

Employment & Business

Brought business to the table, establishing an expert Business Advisory Council

Transport

Committed co-funding for over 1,000 Emission Vehicle chargers nationwide, with more than 600 already installed

Economy

Delivered sustainable surpluses, growth well ahead of the OECD average, and low debt that enabled a strong response to COVID

Health

Rolling out the National Bowel Screening Programme to more DHBs

Māori

During COVID-19, our Māori Response Package helped Māori health providers support hard-to-reach and vulnerable whanau

Transport

Secured $196 million for our Wellington rail package, which includes important upgrades for the Wairarapa line; without them, the line would have deteriorated with more and more disruptions to services

Māori

Set a goal for one million New Zealanders speaking te reo Māori by 2040

Health

Delivering the largest ever funding boost for disability support services

International

Launched our Trade Recovery Strategy, to help get businesses through the disruption of COVID and recalibrate our trade policy to navigate a turbulent environment

Environment

Started planting one billion trees by 2028, with 248 million already in the ground

Employment & Business

Backed Kiwi innovators with a tax credit and funding boost to lift research and development spending

International

Worked alongside other countries to keep trade open in the wake of COVID-19, ensuring the free flowing trade of medical supplies and other essential services

Economy

Announced a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, to back creativity and productivity

Employment & Business

Established a $300m Venture Capital Fund to foster innovation and to help start-ups

Economy

Supported workers through the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme to take leave to comply with public health guidance and encourage people to get tested

Economy

Established a $400 million targeted Tourism Recovery Fund, assisting the industry to recover and restart

Māori

Supported over 3000 rangatahi going on to full employment through He Poutama Rangatahi

Justice

Banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, magazines and parts. Around 62,000 prohibited firearms have been taken out of circulation through gun buy-back and seizures

Economy

Injecting $3 billion to support our regions through the Provincial Growth Fund

Justice

Cracking down on illicit drug manufacturers and suppliers while making it easier for those with substance addictions to get treatment

Transport

Negotiated the landmark Let’s Get Wellington Moving package and quick wins like safer speeds in the CBD have already been rolled out

Employment & Business

Passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill to ensure that people who perform work of the same value are paid the same, simplifying the process for making a pay equity claim

Employment & Business

Made changes to better protect migrants from exploitation