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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 7 December 2021.

Education

Made all apprenticeships and targeted trades training free, supporting more than 175,000 people to upskill

Housing

Helping more than one million New Zealanders stay warm over the colder months through the Winter Energy Payment

Children & Family

Recorded improvements across all nine child poverty measures

Māori

Making Matariki a public holiday from 2022

Housing

Delivered more than 10,000 public and transitional homes, as part of our plan to deliver more than 18,000 extra places by 2024

Children & Family

Providing healthy, free school lunches to more than 200,000 students across the country

Environment

Banned single-use plastic bags to protect our environment

Employment & Business

Increased the minimum wage to $20 per hour

Health

Rolled out COVID vaccines to more than 3.7 million people

Education

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

Children & Family

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

Transport

Investing more than $700 million 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

Children & Family

Extended paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks

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 2023

Justice

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

International

Led the Christchurch Call, working 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 greater emphasis on wellbeing and the wellbeing of whānau

Environment

Phasing out hard-to-recycle plastic items like food and drink packaging

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

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 and whānau can access support for alcohol and drug issues

Justice

Safely reducing the prison population

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

Health

Expanding mental health support in schools across the country through the roll-out of Mana Ake

International

Secured a historic free trade agreement with the UK

Justice

Made the biggest ever investment in family violence and sexual violence support services

Education

Providing healthy, free school lunches to more than 200,000 students across the country

Health

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

Housing

Cutting red tape to boost housing supply, by changing resource consent rules

Regions

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

Housing

Expanded Housing First to help more than 1,500 additional 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 2,800 rangatahi into employment, education or training through He Poutama Rangatahi

Economy

Launched a new digital support service to help small businesses take advantage of e-commerce

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

Made the biggest ever investment in family violence and sexual violence support services

Children & Family

Set measures and targets for reducing child poverty, enshrining the former into law

Regions

Boosted funding to help Kiwi growers seize new opportunities and stay ahead of international competitors

Employment & Business

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

Transport

Introduced a Clean Car Discount to help Kiwi families switch to low-emissions vehicles

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 more than one million New Zealanders stay warm over colder months 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

Economy

Doubled the Resurgence Support Payment to help businesses with fixed costs through COVID

Justice

Strengthened counterterrorism laws, 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 a recovery plan for tourism communities, focused on the regions that need the most help

International

Committed to building deeper partnerships with Pacific nations and expanding our Pacific development programme

Māori

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

International

Working to secure a free trade agreement with the EU to expand our market opportunities

Health

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

Employment & Business

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

Health

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

Regions

With the primary sector, launched Fit for a Better World – a roadmap to boost export earnings by $44 billion 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 more than 4,000 apprentices

Education

Increasing the number of Trades Academy places in secondary schools

Environment

Invested more than $120 million to improve recycling infrastructure

Housing

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

Education

Made free period products available in all schools and kura, removing barriers to learning

Māori

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

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

Justice

Introduced legislation to ban harmful conversion practices

Māori

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

Economy

Provided interest-free and low-interest loans to help more than 115,000 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 Mine drift to help families get closure and justice

Health

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

Environment

Taking action to protect threatened indigenous freshwater fish

Children & Family

Putting our Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy into action to help make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

Employment & Business

Delivered on our promise to better protect security guards’ pay and working conditions

Regions

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

Climate Change

Reducing barriers to installing solar panels on residential and public buildings

Housing

Phasing out interest deductibility on residential property investments to level the playing field for first home buyers

Health

Lifted the cap on gender affirming surgeries and increased funding for them

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 secure our economic recovery

Employment & Business

Supported more than 2,800 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

Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship

Employment & Business

Doubled sick leave entitlements, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees

Children & Family

Launched the Best Start payment, supporting parents with the costs of a newborn

Education

Delivered pay equity for teacher aides

Environment

Working to improve kerbside recycling

Health

Bringing in new vaping regulations 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

Children & Family

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

Regions

Introduced new regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system

Health

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

Climate Change

Overhauling the Emissions Trading Scheme, to put a sinking lid on emissions for the first time

Regions

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

Employment & Business

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

Health

Rolled out the National Bowel Screening Programme to nearly all DHBs

Education

Scrapped National Standards, giving teachers more time with students

Children & Family

Extended free doctors’ visits for children to include 13-year-olds, reaching an extra 56,000 young people

Employment & Business

Improved equal pay legislation to give employees in female-dominated occupations a clearer path to pay equity

Justice

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

Justice

Took more than 60,000 newly prohibited firearms out of circulation through gun buy-backs

Health

Extended the pay equity settlement for care and support workers to include mental health and addiction support workers

Economy

Acted on recommendations from the Commerce Commission market study into retail fuel 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 that will support thousands of families who couldn’t otherwise afford a home

Health

Improving outcomes for New Zealanders with disabilities by establishing a new Ministry for Disabled People

Children & Family

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

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 $1.3 billion to support Pacific nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change

Housing

Implementing our Healthy Homes Standards that require 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

Health

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

Health

Made record investments to rebuild our rundown hospitals and health facilities

Justice

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

Children & Family

Implemented our Healthy Active Learning programme across more than 300 schools and kura, with a further 500 set to benefit by 2024

Climate Change

Introduced the Clean Car Discount to help Kiwi families switch to low-emissions vehicles

International

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

Children & Family

Made sure families aren’t penalised if parents have an additional child while on benefit

Economy

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

Housing

Extended the bright-line test to 10 years, to dampen speculative demand and tilt the balance towards first home buyers

Climate Change

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

Education

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

Māori

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

Education

Reinstated the Training Incentive Allowance for higher-skill courses, supporting around 16,000 people to retrain

Health

Boosted funding for Pharmac to improve access to medicines for New Zealanders in need

Environment

Released a draft of the primary replacement for the Resource Management Act, bringing us one step closer to a more efficient and effective system

Education

Helping employers keep and take on new apprentices through Apprenticeship Boost

Employment & Business

Created more than 4,600 environmental jobs in our regions through our Jobs for Nature programme

Māori

Boosted funding for Whānau Ora to support more whānau in need

Health

Delivered the largest ever funding boost for disability support services

Education

Increased the number of teachers in our education system by around 2,000 over two years

Health

Investing significantly in new and existing mental health and addiction facilities

Climate Change

Supporting businesses to convert their coal boilers to cleaner alternatives

Māori

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

Climate Change

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

Regions

Installed more than 250 rural mobile broadband towers to better connect our regional communities and businesses

Māori

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

Health

Delivering targeted nationwide funding to services that provide mental health support to Rainbow young people

Justice

Laid the foundations for a new firearms registry so Police get better information on who has what firearms where

Economy

Supported more than 1.7 million jobs through higher alert levels with our wage subsidies

Health

Almost doubled the number of adult cochlear implants delivered this year

Health

Setting up a new mental health and wellbeing support programme for Auckland businesses affected by COVID

Māori

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

Economy

Made record infrastructure 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

Economy

Restarted contributions to the Super Fund, to help keep superannuation 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 for GPs, pharmacies and Pharmac to help ease COVID-related pressures

Climate Change

Established a national energy centre in Taranaki to accelerate the development of new clean energy technologies

International

Secured one-way quarantine-free travel arrangements for RSE workers from parts of the Pacific

Transport

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

Children & Family

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

Environment

Created more than 4,600 environmental jobs in our regions through our Jobs for Nature programme

Māori

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

Children & Family

Helping to drive the increased participation of women and girls in sport

Climate Change

Banning new low- and medium-temperature coal-fired boilers in manufacturing and production

Environment

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

Economy

Reducing the merchant service fees that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay

Housing

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

Health

Upgrading New Zealand’s water infrastructure, to keep our drinking water safe and beaches clean

Economy

Injected more than $2.1 billion into regional economies through initiatives like the Provincial Growth Fund

Māori

Making sure New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura by 2023

International

Boosted aid for our Pacific neighbours to help tackle COVID-19 and rebuild communities and economies

Justice

Strengthened laws for addressing family violence by creating new offences and making victim safety the primary consideration in bail decisions

Children & Family

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

Regions

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

Health

Stepping up our fight against rheumatic fever by expanding the Healthy Homes Initiative and funding vaccine development

Health

Fast-tracked the consenting process for the much-needed rebuild of Dunedin Hospital

Children & Family

Made free period products available in all schools and kura, removing barriers to learning for young people

Housing

Supported insulation and heating retrofits to help keep Kiwi families warm

Economy

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

Health

Supporting drug-checking services to help keep people safe at large festivals and events

Employment & Business

Making changes to help prevent migrant exploitation, protect migrants and enforce the law

Justice

Made voting easier by allowing people to enrol to vote on election day

Economy

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

Economy

Asked the Commerce Commission to carry out a market study into the grocery sector to see if Kiwis are paying a fair price at the checkout

Health

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

Health

Removed abortion from the Crimes Act, to make sure it’s treated as a health issue

Justice

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

Justice

Increased funding for community law centres

Environment

Upgrading New Zealand’s water infrastructure, to keep our drinking water safe and beaches clean

Transport

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

Justice

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

Health

Rolling out a new frontline mental health service to make getting support easier

Māori

Working towards our goal of having one million New Zealanders speaking te reo Māori by 2040

Education

Supporting certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care to move closer to pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens

Environment

Taking action to protect endangered Māui and Hector’s dolphins

Regions

Invested significantly in regional economies through initiatives like the Provincial Growth Fund

Climate Change

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

Education

Made the first year of study fees-free and will soon have boosted student loans and allowances by $75 a week

Justice

Removed abortion from the Crimes Act, to make sure it’s treated as a health issue

Māori

Expanded the Oranga Marae programme, supporting both the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae

Economy

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

Regions

Ramped up pest control programmes to protect farmers and our 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, 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

Climate Change

Declared a climate emergency to accelerate efforts to reduce our emissions

International

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

Regions

Strengthened our national animal tracing system to help stamp out the spread of disease and protect our primary sector

Education

Funded the removal of school donations to ease the pressure on Kiwi families

Economy

Rolling out a recovery plan for tourism communities, to re-set the industry on a more sustainable path

Transport

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

Transport

Upgrading rail, public transport and walking and cycling 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 the wellbeing of people and our 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 2,800 rangatahi Māori into employment, education or training through He Poutama Rangatahi

Justice

Making it easier for transgender, non-binary and intersex people to change their registered sex on birth certificates

Environment

Addressing food waste by redirecting food to those in need

Environment

Taking action to protect kauri trees from dieback disease

Employment & Business

Supported more than 1.7 million jobs through higher alert levels with our wage subsidies

Children & Family

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

Employment & Business

Established a $300 million 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 easy access to healthcare

Transport

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

Climate Change

Committed $50 million to helping councils fully decarbonise the public transport bus fleet by 2035

Climate Change

Supporting the transition to a cleaner agriculture sector with $37 million for integrated farm planning

Transport

Funding more public EV chargers around New Zealand

Climate Change

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

Justice

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

Children & Family

Banned smoking in cars with children to protect young people

Health

Set up the Suicide Prevention Office to drive action to save lives

Māori

Established Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations, to help make the Crown a better Treaty partner

Climate Change

Quadrupling the size of our Green Investment Fund to help accelerate the use of low-emissions technologies across the economy

Justice

Reforming and investing in the Family Court to create a system that is safe and responsive to the diverse needs of the people using it

Transport

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

Housing

Banned unfair letting fees and no-cause tenancy terminations

Transport

Released recommendations on the next steps for Auckland light rail, a necessary investment to ease congestion and future-proof our biggest city

Housing

Made it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home by stopping foreign speculators from buying houses here and driving up prices

Health

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

Health

Making it easier for transgender, non-binary and intersex people to change their registered sex on birth certificates