New Zealand Labour Party

Our first two weeks

It’s now been two weeks (and a day) since the Labour-led Government was sworn in, and Jacinda Ardern became the new Prime Minister of New Zealand – and we’ve got straight to work!

Here’s what we’ve been up to in our first two weeks:

We’ve committed to extending paid parental leave.

Last year, we were really disappointed when the National Government vetoed our Bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks – despite it having the support of the majority of Parliament.

So this week we were proud to announce we’ll extend paid parental leave to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018, and further to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. Read more here.

We want children to have the best start in life, and this is just one way we’ll better support New Zealand families. (See our full Families Package here.)

We’ve decided to ban foreign buyers.

This is a big one, and it’s an important part of our plan to fix the housing crisis that the previous National Government left behind.

National said it wasn’t possible – but in just two weeks, we found a way to stop foreign speculators from buying existing houses and driving up prices.

This is going to make it easier for New Zealanders to buy their first home, and will make home ownership a reality for more Kiwis. Read more here.

We’re championing pay equity.

We’ve reiterated our commitment to equal pay by cancelling a piece of flawed legislation of National’s, which would have made it harder for women to be paid the same as men.

We won’t rest until New Zealand workers have genuine opportunities for pay equity, and we’ll do better by all women. Read more here.

We’ve resolved Teina Pora’s case, and made sure justice has been done.

This Labour-led Government is committed to doing the right thing. In Opposition we fought hard for justice for Teina Pora, who was wrongfully imprisoned and spent two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

This week our Justice Minister Andrew Little announced we’ve boosted Teina Pora’s compensation to remedy this historical wrong. Read more here.

We’ve elected a new Speaker.

Trevor Mallard is the new Speaker of the House – and he’s going to be doing things a bit differently!

One of Trevor’s aims is to make Parliament a more family-friendly place – and this week, it certainly looked it when we had two babies in the House with their mums, Labour MPs Willow-Jean Prime and Kiri Allan. Read more about baby Heeni joining Trevor in the Speaker's seat here.

It’s been a whirlwind fifteen days, but this is just the beginning. Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be making more important announcements, and taking action that we know New Zealand needs: stopping the state house sell-off and getting our Healthy Homes Guarantee into law, legislating to raise family incomes and the minimum wage, and much more. 

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