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Our Achievements

Since 2017, we’ve worked hard to tackle the long term challenges facing New Zealand and we’re proud of the progress that we’ve made on the big issues like housing, inequality and climate change.

Below you can see examples of this progress – like lifting incomes, making housing more affordable, helping more New Zealanders into work and training, reducing climate emissions, and so much more.

But there’s still more to do, and we’re committed to building on our progress.

Updated 1 September 2023.

What we've achieved:

Boosted incomes for around 1.4 million Kiwis with 1 April changes

Economy

Helping over a million New Zealanders stay warm over colder months through the Winter Energy Payment

Economy

Rolling out over a million healthy, free school lunches a week

Education

Made Matariki a public holiday

Māori

Scrapped the $5 prescription co-payment

Health
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Increased pay for teachers by up to 36%

Education

Introduced free and half-price public transport fares to support people with the cost of living

Transport

Increased the minimum wage to $22.70 per hour

Employment & business

Boosted Pharmac’s funding so that more Kiwis can access the medicines, treatments, and medical devices they need

Health

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

Children & family

Secured or upgraded seven free trade agreements in the past five years, unlocking new opportunities for Kiwi exporters

International

Secured a gold standard free trade agreement with the UK, which will increase New Zealand’s GDP by up to $1 billion per year

International

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Boosted funding for more ambulances and paramedics

Health

Making childcare cheaper with 20 hours free ECE expanded to include two-year-olds

Children & family

Delivered the largest ever Police workforce, with 1800 new officers to keep communities safer

Justice

Banned single-use plastic bags to protect our environment

Environment

Announced a removal of GST from fresh and frozen vegetables from 1 April 2024

Economy

Delivered more than 13,000 additional public homes and 4000 transitional homes, as part of our plan to deliver more than 18,000 extra places by 2024

Housing

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

Education
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Increased Police operating budget by 50% after an effective freeze on funding

Regions

Taking action to ensure New Zealanders get a fair deal at the supermarket

Economy

Supported people into work, with one of the lowest Māori unemployment rates on record

Māori

Upgraded roads, schools and hospitals through the New Zealand Upgrade Programme

Economy

Extended paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks

Children & family

Delivered historic increases in pay for nurses

Health
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Reduced emissions over the last three consecutive years

Climate change

Recorded the highest ever rates of labour force participation and employment

Economy

Announced the largest ever increase to the In-Work Tax Credit benefitting 160,000 families

Children and families

More than 1 million free mental health sessions have already been delivered through our new Access and Choice programme

Mental health

Invested in vital infrastructure like pipes and roads needed to jump start housing developments, to get more homes built faster

Housing

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

Climate change

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

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

Economy

Delivering big cost savings to Kiwis through affordable water reforms which will be led and delivered regionally

Environment

Implemented clean car policies which have seen a 70% increase in the number of EVs on our roads

Climate change

Delivered significant support for cyclone-affected businesses

Regions

Announced a huge pay boost for Kohanga Reo teachers and support staff, bringing their pay in line with their counterparts

Education

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

Environment

Introduced tough new measures to tackle gangs and organised crime networks

Justice
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Invested in targeted mental health support for Rainbow young people

Mental health

Recorded improvements across all nine child poverty measures

Children & family

Achieved record levels of renewable energy generation and the lowest levels of coal imports since 2013

Climate change

Fixing mental health infrastructure, with a plan to build new acute mental health and addiction facilities around the country

Mental health

With the primary sector, launched Fit for a Better World – a roadmap to boost export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade

Regions
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Made sure New Zealand history is taught in all schools and kura

Māori

Upgraded our Working Holiday Scheme with the UK, helping to relieve skills shortages

International

Removed fees from NCEA and NZ Scholarship to save families money

Education

Secured a historic free trade agreement with the EU, which will increase New Zealand’s GDP by up to $1.8 billion per year from 2035

International

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

Children & family
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Reducing class sizes to improve children’s education

Education

Invested in public transport to fully decarbonise the public transport bus fleet by 2035

Transport

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

Employment & business

Launched the new health system to reduce complexity and ensure better outcomes

Health

Delivered the biggest benefit boost in a generation, to help families with the cost of living

Children & family

Delivering on a promise to improve victims’ experiences in the courts and wider justice system

Justice
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Announced major changes to New Zealand’s affordable water reforms, which will deliver big cost savings to whānau across the country

Economy

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

Justice

Delivered significant support for cyclone-affected farmers and growers to clean up and get back on their feet

Regions

Established a new Māori Health Authority to improve health outcomes for Māori

Māori

Delivered an economy that’s 6% larger now than pre-COVID, following a 1-in-100 year economic shock

Economy

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

Housing
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We’re growing skills at home, ensuring we have the workforce we need while supporting people into jobs, through initiatives like free trades training

Education

Announced greater powers for Police to seize gang assets and make sure that crime doesn’t pay

Justice

Put more mental health and wellbeing support online, on the phone and through smart apps

Mental health

Increased dental grants and expanded eligibility so more Kiwis have access to dental care

Health

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

Māori

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

Climate change
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Made record investments to rebuild our rundown hospitals and health facilities

Health

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

Children & family

Introduced Fair Pay Agreements, to improve wages and conditions

Employment & business

Delivering better crisis services, through boosts for community crisis teams and co-response teams

Mental health

Appointed a new Grocery Commissioner, to hold the supermarkets to account

Economy

Introduced our Healthy Homes Standards, to ensure all rentals are safe, warm and dry

Housing

Fixing the Resource Management Act to better protect our environment

Environment

Supported over 60,000 New Zealanders into the trades through Apprenticeship Boost

Education

Rolled out the National Bowel Screening Programme to the whole country

Health

Introduced new regulations to ensure Kiwis get a fairer deal at the petrol pump

Economy

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

Māori
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Expanded the Flexi-wage initiative to support more people into work

Employment & business

Enabled approximately 3,5000 cataract surgeries to happen

Health

Delivered low debt through strong economic management

Economy

More than 900 additional full-time professionals are now working to support mental wellbeing in the community

Mental health

Delivered more than 110,000 insulation and heating retrofits in low-income homes through Warmer Kiwi Homes, making homes healthier and reducing power bills

Housing

Rolled out free period products for all student across New Zealand, with over 1 million packs now delivered

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

International

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

Māori

Banned harmful conversion practices to protect the rights of our Rainbow communities

Justice

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

Māori

Started planting one billion trees, with more than 474 million already in the ground

Climate change

Launched Te Aorerekura, New Zealand’s first national strategy and action plan to eliminate family violence and sexual violence

Justice

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

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

Housing

Boosted student loans and allowances by more than $100 a week

Education

Invested in new radiation machines so more people can get lifesaving cancer treatment close to home

Health

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

Children & family

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

International
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Made it cheaper for families to switch to low emissions vehicles with the Clean Car Discount

Transport

Extended the bright-line test to 10 years, to crackdown on speculators and tilt the balance towards first home buyers

Housing

Invested in climate and agriculture research and science

Climate change

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

Children & family

Invested significantly in infrastructure to secure our economic recovery

Economy

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

Justice

Strengthened counterterrorism laws, ensuring tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm

Justice
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Started work to transform recycling and improve rubbish collection

Environment

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

Housing

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

Climate change

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

Justice

Building new schools and classrooms for 100,000 students

Education

Investing in building back better with a National Resilience Plan

Infrastructure
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Launched Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People to improve outcomes for Kiwis with disabilities

Health

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

Environment

Cutting costs for businesses by reducing the fees banks charge when customers pay with a credit or debit card

Economy

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

Health

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

International

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

Education

Improved rural broadband connectivity, with more than 350 new mobile towers complete and improved access for 80,000 rural homes and businesses

Regions

Delivered low unemployment and rising wages

Economy

Increased bus driver’s pay by an average of 58%

Transport

Supported businesses to pilot new low emission transport technology – with more to come

Transport
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Launched the Better Pathways package to drive down youth crime

Justice

Launched and expanded Mana in Mahi, supporting employers to take on more than 5,000 apprentices

Education

Announced changes to child support that will put roughly $20 extra a week into the pockets of sole parents on a benefit

Children & family

Led the Christchurch Call, working internationally to eliminate extremist content online

International

Funded more public EV chargers around New Zealand

Transport
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Created more than 10,000 environmental jobs in our regions through our Jobs for Nature programme

Employment & business

Made it easier for people to start careers in mental health and addiction, by funding extra places for registered nurses to specialise in mental health

Mental health

Supported 30,000 small businesses with digital tools and training to help them grow

Economy

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

Regions

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

Health

Increased family support, meaning 346,000 families are better off each week

Children & family

Taken action to protect endangered Māui and Hector’s dolphins

Environment
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Changed resource consent rules to cut red tape and boost housing supply

Housing

Introduced new regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system

Regions

Increased funding for community law centres

Justice

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

Transport

Introduced measures to stop predatory lending that often impact low income families

Children & family

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

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

Health

Scrapped National Standards, giving teachers more time with students

Education

Invested in regional New Zealand through our Provincial Growth Fund and Regional Strategic Partnership Fund

Economy

Declared a climate emergency to accelerate efforts to reduce our emissions

Climate change

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

Employment & business

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

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

Education

Extended mental health and wellbeing tools to small businesses across New Zealand

Mental health

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

Children & family

Delivered the largest ever funding boost for disability support services

Health

Made renting fairer by reforming the Residential Tenancies Act

Housing

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

Children & family

Launched the successful Opportunities Grow Here campaign to attract more people to vital food and fibre sector jobs

Regions
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Launched the Progressive Home Ownership scheme, supporting between 1,500 and 4,000 whānau to step into home ownership

Housing

Made the first year of study fees-free

Education

Strengthened immigration pathways to bolster our hospitals and ensure we attract the healthcare workers we need

Health

Protected against high-cost loans that trapped families in debt

Economy

Established a $300 million venture capital fund to back Kiwi innovation

Employment & business

Supported more than 3,500 rangatahi into employment, education or training through He Poutama Rangatahi

Education

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

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

Climate change

Boosted mental health support for around 300,000 university students

Mental health

Made significant business tax changes to reduce cashflow pressure

Economy

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

Employment & business

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

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

Climate change

Delivered pay equity for teacher aides

Education

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

Regions

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

Climate change

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

Justice
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Started work to regulate the residential property management sector, to protect both renters and landlords

Housing

Upgraded schools, roads and infrastructure in communities across New Zealand

Regions

Expanding the Pregnancy and Parenting Programme, so more women and whānau can access support for alcohol and drug issues

Health

Taken action to protect kauri trees from dieback disease

Environment

Banned unfair letting fees and no-cause tenancy terminations

Housing

Funded new kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services

Mental health

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

Housing
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Provided significant humanitarian, economic, military and diplomatic aid to Ukraine

International

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

Regions

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

Justice

Supported ākonga by growing Māori-medium and kaupapa Māori education

Māori

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

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

Children & family

Improved regional broadband connectivity, with 500 more marae connected

Māori

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

Economy

Boosted funding to Tupu Aotearoa, helping more than 1,000 Pasifika people into employment

Employment & business

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

Health

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

Justice

Increased transparency around political donations, loans, and the financial statements of registered political parties

Justice

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

Regions

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

Health

Started replacing all remaining coal boilers in schools with renewable heating sources, which will reduce carbon emissions by around 35,400 tonnes over 10 years

Climate change

Stepped up the fight against rheumatic fever, helping 142,000 Kiwis stay warmer and healthier through our Healthy Homes Initiative

Health

Stopped issuing new offshore oil and gas permits

Climate change

Protected jobs and supported businesses through COVID through the Wage Subsidy, Resurgence Support Payment and Small Business Cashflow Scheme

Employment & business

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

Māori

Introduced new legislation to put New Zealand on a path to a smokefree future

Health

Expanded Childcare Assistance, so more Kiwi families can access this support

Children & family

Boosted support for kōhanga reo, to ensure kaiako and kaimahi are paid fairly and facilities are in good condition

Māori

Boosted funding for adult cochlear implants, ensuring more people can access these life-saving devices

Health

Supported 30,000 small businesses with digital tools and training to help them grow

Economy

Put the wellbeing of New Zealanders at the heart of our economic plan

Economy

Brought back funding for adult night classes, to give more people opportunities to upskill

Education

Invested in technology and research to help more farmers reduce on-farm emissions

Regions

Given Police greater enforcement tools when dealing with dangerous and reckless drivers

Justice

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

Employment & business

Boosted funding for Whānau Ora by 145% to support more whānau in need

Māori

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

Health

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

Health

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

International

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

Employment & business

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

Justice

Passed legislation to stop live exports by sea, to uphold New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare

Regions

Launched a new firearms regulator and registry so Police get better information on who has what firearms where

Justice

Introduced a new Recovery Visa created to help bring in additional specialist workers, following the cyclone and flooding

Regions

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