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Our Achievements

Since coming into Government in 2017, we’ve worked hard to tackle the long term challenges facing New Zealand, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made on the big issues like child poverty, housing and climate change.

However, we know there’s more to do. That’s why, as we secure our COVID recovery, we’re committed to building on our progress so together, we can come out of the pandemic stronger than ever. Read more about our priorities.

Here are just some of our achievements so far.

Updated 20 May 2021.

Education

Made apprenticeships and targeted trades training free

Housing

Helping over 1 million New Zealanders with their power bills through the Winter Energy Payment

Māori

Making Matariki a public holiday from 2022

Housing

Funding more than 18,000 public and transitional homes

Children & Family

Extended paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks

Environment

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

Employment & Business

Increased the minimum wage to $20 per hour

Children & Family

Providing healthy, free lunches to more than 200,000 students across the country by the end of 2021

Education

Upgrading almost every state school in the country through the School Investment Package

Transport

Investing over $700m in transport projects to help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild

Climate Change

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

Health

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

Economy

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

Health

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

Education

Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship

Education

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

Justice

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

International

Led the Christchurch Call to work internationally to eliminate extremist content online

Māori

Establishing a Māori Health Authority to commission health services, monitor Māori health, and develop policy

Transport

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

Employment & Business

Expanded the Flexi-wage initiative to support up to 40,000 people into work 

Justice

Launched Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new operational strategy, to place a bigger emphasis on wellbeing and the wellbeing of whānau

Economy

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

Health

Boosted funding for air and road ambulances

Employment & Business

Boosting funding to Tupu Aotearoa to support thousands of Pāsifika people into employment, training, and education

International

Started quarantine-free travel with Australia and the Cook Islands

Māori

Supporting Te Kīwai Fund, to remove barriers to tamariki and rangatahi Māori participating in sport

Economy

Made significant business tax changes to reduce cashflow pressure

Employment & Business

Restoring collective bargaining rights for screen sector workers

Employment & Business

Building new rail workshops in Dunedin and Christchurch, creating hundreds of local jobs and supporting apprenticeships

Health

Expanding the Pregnancy and Parenting Programme so more women can access alcohol and drug support

Justice

Working towards safely reducing the prison population

Health

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

Transport

Supporting councils to fully decarbonise the public transport bus fleet by 2035

International

Pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas

Housing

Supporting Kāinga Ora to scale up land acquisition and boost housing supply

Children & Family

Lifting weekly benefit rates by between $32 and $55 per adult, to help break the cycle of poverty

Health

Expanding in-school mental health support across the country through the rollout of Mana Ake

Justice

Making the biggest-ever investment in family violence and sexual violence support services

Children & Family

Passed legislation establishing measures and targets for reducing child poverty

Education

Providing healthy, free lunches to more than 200,000 students across the country by the end of 2021

Health

Boosted funding for suicide prevention services and services to support those bereaved by suicide

Regions

Supporting a new programme to lead New Zealand’s plant protein sector development

Housing

Expanded Housing First to help more than 2,700 long-term homeless people into homes

Climate Change

Investing in climate and agriculture research and science

Housing

Made renting fairer by reforming the Residential Tenancies Act

Education

Supported more than 2,000 rangatahi Māori into employment, education, or training through He Poutama Rangatahi

Health

Making sure our water fluoridation approach is consistent and based on science, to prevent tooth decay

Health

Better supporting Pacific people with new mental health and addiction services in Auckland and Wellington 

Environment

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

Health

Making the biggest-ever investment in family violence and sexual violence support services

Regions

Boosted funding for the horticulture sector to seize new opportunities for growth and stay ahead of international competitors

Employment & Business

Committed to improving the Holidays Act to provide more certainty for employers and employees 

Housing

Supporting more Kiwis into their first homes by increasing income caps on First Home Grants and Loans

Māori

Partnering with iwi to accelerate housing projects

Climate Change

Stopped issuing new offshore oil and gas permits

Economy

Helping over 1 million New Zealanders with their power bills through the Winter Energy Payment

Māori

Delivering 1,000 additional new houses for Māori and funding repairs for whānau most in need

International

Established Aotearoa ki te Ao, a programme of work designed to support Māori trade opportunities

Climate Change

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

Justice

Strengthening counter-terrorism laws and ensuring tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm

Regions

Phasing out the export of livestock by sea, to uphold New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare

Environment

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

Economy

Put in place a new tax rate on the top 2% of earners to make sure all Kiwis are doing their bit

Regions

Rolling out the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan, focusing on regions and communities that need the most help

International

Committed to build deeper partnerships with Pacific nations and expand our Pacific development programme

Māori

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

International

Progressing free trade agreements with the UK and EU

Health

Established the independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to provide system-level oversight

Health

Launched a Cancer Action Plan and made the largest ever direct investment in new radiation machines

Regions

Launched Fit for a Better World with the primary sector – a roadmap with the aim of boosting export earnings by $44b over the next decade

Transport

Introducing a Clean Car Import Standard to reduce emissions and Kiwis’ fuel costs

Education

Launched and expanded Mana in Mahi, supporting employers to take on apprentices

Education

Increasing the number of Trades Academy places in secondary schools

Māori

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

Environment

Allocated over $120m to improve waste infrastructure

Regions

Backing Māori landowners by creating opportunities to make their land more productive

Housing

Announced the Housing Acceleration Fund to speed up the pace and scale of building

Education

Introducing free period products in primary, intermediate, secondary schools and kura

Education

Introduced learning support coordinators in schools to better support up to 300,000 children with diverse learning needs

Housing

Increasing housing supply and preventing homelessness through Te Maihi o te Whare Māori

Māori

Progressed changes to enable councils to write off rates arrears on whenua Māori

Economy

Provided interest-free loans to help more than 50,000 businesses stay afloat during COVID

International

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

Justice

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

Health

Announced major reforms to the health system to make healthcare accessible for all New Zealanders

Environment

Taking action to protect threatened indigenous freshwater fish

Climate Change

Reduced barriers to installing solar panels on residential and commercial buildings

Housing

Phasing in the removal of interest deductibility to level the playing field for first home buyers 

Health

Lifted the cap on gender reassignment surgeries

Education

Provided the largest pay increase in a decade for primary, secondary, and kindergarten teachers

International

Upgraded our free trade agreement with China to build on the significant benefits of the existing FTA

Economy

Investing $57.3 billion in infrastructure over the next five years to drive our economy

Employment & Business

Supported more than 2,000 rangatahi Māori into employment, education, or training through He Poutama Rangatahi

International

Funding a major redevelopment of Scott Base, which will create hundreds of jobs and safeguard our presence in Antarctica

Children & Family

Transforming the child care and protection and youth justice systems to improve outcomes for young people

Employment & Business

Supporting workers by doubling sick leave entitlements 

Education

Delivered pay equity for teacher aides

Environment

Working to improve kerbside recycling

Health

Bringing in new vaping laws to help smokers quit and stop young people starting

International

Backed New Zealand exporters during COVID, providing on-the-ground support to help them connect with overseas markets

Regions

Introduced new regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system

Health

Started rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in New Zealand

Climate Change

Overhauled the Emissions Trading Scheme, to more effectively reduce climate-polluting emissions

Regions

Investing in farmer-led projects to improve the health of rivers and wetlands in Canterbury and Otago

Employment & Business

Designing a social unemployment insurance scheme to cushion the impact of job loss

Health

Rolling out the National Bowel Screening Programme to more DHBs

Education

Scrapped National Standards, giving teachers more time with students

Employment & Business

Passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill to ensure people who perform work of the same value are paid the same

Justice

Rolling out the Māori Pathways programme in our prisons, to reduce reoffending and improve outcomes for whānau

Justice

Took over 60,000 prohibited firearms out of circulation through gun buy-backs and seizures

Health

Paying our carers and mental health and addiction workers fairly  

Children & Family

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

Economy

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

Children & Family

Introduced the Families Package, the biggest boost in household income in a decade for thousands of families

Housing

Launched the Progressive Home Ownership scheme, supporting thousands of families who couldn’t otherwise afford a home

Regions

Backing more initiatives to boost New Zealand’s food and fibre sector workforce

Education

Building new schools and classrooms for 100,000 students

Climate Change

Committed $150m to address climate change in the Pacific

Housing

Set out Healthy Homes Standards requiring all rentals to be safe, warm, and dry

Children & Family

Indexing Childcare Assistance income thresholds to increases in the average wage, benefiting around 1,000 families

Children & Family

Working to make sure families aren’t penalised if parents have an additional child while on benefit

Health

Launched an independent review into Pharmac to ensure it’s working optimally to improving health outcomes for all New Zealanders

Health

Made record investments to rebuild our rundown hospitals and health facilities

Children & Family

Changed the law so child poverty reporting is now required every year in the Budget

Justice

Banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, magazines and parts

Children & Family

Rolling out our Healthy Active Learning programme to more than 300 schools

International

Agreed to strengthen our bilateral cooperation with the EU on emissions trading systems

Economy

Investing in roads, schools, and hospitals through the $12b New Zealand Upgrade Programme

Housing

Extended the bright-line test to 10 years, to tilt the balance toward first-home buyers 

Climate Change

Invested significantly in public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure, and rail

Education

Brought back government funding for adult night classes, to give New Zealanders more opportunities to learn

Māori

Continued our commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation through Te Pūnaha Hihiko

Health

Boosted funding for PHARMAC to make sure New Zealanders continue to get the medicines they need

Environment

Beginning the process to repeal and replace the RMA, because it’s cumbersome, expensive, and hasn’t properly protected our environment

Children & Family

Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship

Education

Provided businesses with up to $16,000 through Apprenticeship Boost to help pay the cost of apprentices for the first two years

Māori

Boosted Whānau Ora to support more whānau in need

Health

Delivering the largest ever funding boost for disability support services 

Education

Added 2,000 new teachers to our education system, over two years

Health

Investing significantly in new and old neglected mental health and addiction facilities

Justice

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

Climate Change

Supporting businesses to convert their coal boilers to low-emissions alternatives

Māori

Invested in iwi projects through the Provincial Growth Fund to revitalise the regions

Climate Change

Established the Climate Change Commission, to provide independent advice on climate change action

Regions

Installed rural mobile broadband towers to get our regional communities and businesses digitally connected

Māori

Made changes to how councils set up local wards to ensure Māori communities have a voice at the table

Health

Delivering nationwide funding for mental wellbeing initiatives aimed at Rainbow young people 

Justice

Passed the Arms Legislation Bill, strengthening gun laws to help keep our communities safe

Economy

Supported more than 1.8 million jobs through the COVID-19 lockdowns with our wage subsidies

Health

Funding more cochlear implants for adults, doubling the number of people who can access the life-changing device

Māori

Supporting kōhanga reo, to ensure kaiako and kaimahi are paid fairly and facilities are in good condition

Economy

Made record investments to resolve long-term challenges while managing the books responsibly

Education

Boosted funding for te reo Māori initiatives in schools while growing the number of reo Māori teachers

Children & Family

Expanding in-school mental health support across the country through the rollout of Mana Ake

Employment & Business

Restored meal and rest breaks for Kiwi workers and strengthened collective bargaining

Economy

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

Justice

Recruited to achieve the largest and most diverse Police workforce in New Zealand history

Employment & Business

Funding a major redevelopment of Scott Base, which will create hundreds of jobs and safeguard our presence in Antarctica

Health

Boosted funding to GPs, pharmacies, and PHARMAC to respond to COVID-related pressures

Climate Change

Invested in research into, and development and deployment of, emerging clean energy options

Transport

Supported our aviation sector to keep freight flowing during and post-COVID-19

Children & Family

Funding more places in out of school care (OSCAR), to help low income parents get to work or training

Māori

Rolling out the Māori Pathways programme in our prisons, to reduce reoffending and improve outcomes for whānau

Children & Family

Helping to drive the participation of women and girls in sport

Climate Change

Committed to banning new low and medium coal-fired boilers used in manufacturing and production

Environment

Ramped up pest control and eradication to make Aotearoa predator free by 2050

Economy

Making merchant service fees on debit and credit card fees fairer and less of a burden for Kiwis and businesses

Housing

Repealing and replacing the Resource Management Act to simplify and accelerate planning processes

Economy

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

Māori

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

International

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

Justice

Passed the Family Violence and Family Violence (Amendments) Acts to tackle family and sexual violence

Employment & Business

Bringing back the Training Incentive Allowance for degree level study, supporting 16,000 people to retrain

Regions

Protecting New Zealand’s beef and dairy sectors by working to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis

Health

Tackling rheumatic fever by working to expand the Healthy Homes Initiative, to ensure more homes are warm and dry

Environment

Creating new jobs and re-deploying workers affected by COVID-19 in our regions to restore and protect our environment

Health

Fast-tracked the much needed rebuild of Dunedin Hospital

Children & Family

More than 100,000 infants have benefitted from the Best Start payment, making life easier for parents

Health

Created the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme to help people in pain access medicinal cannabis

Housing

Supported insulation and heating retrofits to keep Kiwi families warmer

Economy

Backing creativity and productivity through a $300m venture capital fund

Health

Working to permanently legalise drug testing services to keeping people safer from drugs

Employment & Business

Made changes to better protect migrants from exploitation

Justice

Allowed people to enrol to vote on Election Day, strengthening our democracy

Economy

Making sure all borrowers get the same protections, regardless of where they get their loans

Economy

Initiated a Commerce Commission market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries

International

Led the Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability to tackle climate change and other environmental issues

Health

Launched a new initiative to boost the Māori and Pasifika midwifery workforce

Health

Removed abortion from the Crimes Act, to treat it as a health issue

Justice

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

Justice

Increased funding for community law centres

Transport

Funded the refurbishment of 15 electric trains running between Hamilton and Palmerston North

Health

Boosting funding to Pacific health providers to help them deliver our COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pacific communities

Children & Family

Extended free doctors’ visits for children to include 13-year-olds

Justice

Responded to March 15 with a raft of initiatives to promote inclusion and safety for all New Zealanders 

Health

Rolling out frontline mental health services

Children & Family

Introduced learning support coordinators in schools to better support up to 300,000 children with diverse learning needs

Māori

Set a goal to get 1 million New Zealanders speaking te reo Māori by 2040

Education

Working towards pay parity between teachers in education and care centres and their counterparts in schools and kindergartens

Environment

Taking action to protect endangered Māui and Hector’s dolphins

Regions

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

Climate Change

Started planting one billion trees, with over 258 million already in the ground

Education

Boosted student loans and allowances by $79 a week and made the first year of study fees free

Māori

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

Economy

Backed Kiwi research and development innovators and entrepreneurs with a substantial funding boost

Regions

Ramping up pest control programmes to protect farmers and our unique environment while creating jobs

Māori

Supported Māori communities in the face of COVID-19 with targeted support and advice for Māori businesses

Children & Family

Indexed main benefits to average wage growth for the first time in New Zealand’s history, to give those most in need a fair go

Education

Funded more support for Kiwi kids with complex needs, as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing, and low-vision students

Children & Family

Scrapped the sanction cutting benefit income to women who don’t declare the name of their child’s father

International

Launched our Trade Recovery Strategy, to support businesses through the disruption of COVID-19 and adapt trade policy

Regions

Strengthened the National Animal Identification and Tracing system to ensure it keeps our primary sector safe

Education

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

Economy

Rolling out the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan, to re-set the industry on a more sustainable model

Transport

Rolling out 3,300kms of road safety upgrades through the Safe Network Programme to help save lives

Transport

Upgrading roads, rail and cycling and walking infrastructure around the country through the New Zealand Upgrade Programme

Housing

Delivering 1,000 additional new houses for Māori and funding repairs for whānau most in need

Economy

Made wellbeing – of people and of the planet – a key part of our economic approach

Justice

Replacing Upper Waikeria prison with a modern design including a 100-bed mental health and addiction facility

Māori

Supported more than 2,000 rangatahi Māori into employment, education, or training through He Poutama Rangatahi

Employment & Business

Supported around 1.8 million jobs through the COVID-19 lockdowns with our wage subsidies

Environment

Addressing food waste by redirecting food to those in need

Environment

Taking action to protect kauri trees from dieback disease

Children & Family

Lifted abatement thresholds for Working for Families tax credits, making 39,000 more families eligible

Children & Family

Delivered the largest ever funding boost to primary maternity services, so kids can have the best start in life

Employment & Business

Established a $300m Venture Capital Fund to back Kiwi innovation

Transport

Making a record investment into critical transport infrastructure and services across Auckland

Housing

Scrapped the need for consents for low-risk building work, such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports

Economy

Pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas

Employment & Business

Lifted abatement thresholds so people on a benefit who are working can keep more of what they earn

Children & Family

Extended nurses in schools to give more young people quick access to healthcare

Children & Family

Banned smoking in cars with children to protect young people

Children & Family

Introducing free period products in primary, intermediate, secondary schools and kura from term two, 2021

Transport

Made a record investment in public transport and walking and cycling improvements

Climate Change

Decarbonising the public bus fleet by 2035, by requiring councils to purchase only zero emissions buses by 2025

Climate Change

Supporting the transition to a clean, green agriculture sector with $50m for integrated farm planning

Transport

Funding more public EV chargers around New Zealand

Climate Change

Working with farmers on a world-first agreement to price and reduce agricultural emissions

Justice

Going hard against gangs and organised crime networks, seizing record amounts of drugs, firearms, and assets

Health

Working to make Aotearoa smokefree by 2025

Health

Set up the Suicide Prevention Office to reduce New Zealand's high rate of suicide

Māori

Established Te Arawhiti – The Office for Māori Crown Relations to make the Crown a better Treaty partner

Climate Change

Quadrupling funding to the Green Investment Fund – backing technology and innovation to help us deliver a low carbon economy

Justice

Reforming and investing in the Family Court to give New Zealanders a safe, sensitive platform to have their voice heard

Transport

Invested in Te Huia commuter rail service, connecting Waikato and Auckland

Housing

Banned unfair letting fees and no-cause tenancy terminations

Transport

Announced the next steps for Auckland light rail to develop a modern, connected mass-transit system

Housing

Banned offshore speculators from our housing market and introduced new rules ring-fencing residential property

Health

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