On September the 16th, we announced our priorities and the steps we are taking to build a modern and fairer New Zealand.
Our plan builds on the significant changes we have already made over the last year. Importantly, this is a long-term plan.
We are looking out 30 years ahead, not just three – bringing fresh energy and thinking to tackle big challenges, like climate change and child poverty.
1. An economy that is growing and working for all of us
We are building a modern economy that is fit for the 21st century and beyond. That means being smarter in how we work. It means an economy that produces and exports higher value goods, one that protects the environment, supports our regions to grow, and one that makes sure all New Zealanders share in the rewards of economic growth.
We cannot continue to rely on an economy built on population growth, an overheated housing market and the export of raw commodities. That has led to the gap between rich and poor widening, our regions being neglected, and too many people being left behind.
We will grow and share our prosperity fairly. We're partnering with business, building a skilled workforce, and investing in roads, rail, public transport, schools, and hospitals. We’re easing pressure on families, extending Paid Parental Leave, boosting Working for Families, and helping with power bills through the Winter Energy Payment.
We will support thriving, sustainable regions. We want our regions to flourish as much as cities, which we’re helping through the Provincial Growth Fund, the One Billion Trees programme and tourism and infrastructure.
We will govern responsibly. Through our Budget Responsibility Rules we are carefully managing the government books, running surpluses and only spending within our means.
We will transition to a clean, green, carbon neutral New Zealand. Because we want our country to be in great shape for the next generation.
We want every New Zealander to have access to world-class education and healthcare, live in a home that is healthy and in a community that is safe, and to realise their potential.
For too long New Zealanders have not been able to access the services they deserve. Too many have been forced to live in damp, cold homes – and too many have had their dream of owning their own home dashed.
We will make sure everyone who is able to, is earning, learning, caring or volunteering. Through innovative training schemes like Mana in Mahi/Strength in Work, Fees Free education and training, and strengthening NCEA, everyone will have the opportunity to contribute to their community in a way that is meaningful for them.
We will support healthier, safer and more connected communities. We’re improving access to quality health services like cheaper GP visits and overhauling mental health services, and we're reducing crime by adding more police.
We will make sure everyone has a warm, dry home – even if they’re renting. We’re building 100,000 affordable homes for first home buyers through KiwiBuild, strengthening renters’ rights and ending homelessness.
We will make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child. We’re committed to raising tens of thousands of children out of poverty, passing the Child Poverty Reduction Bill.
It is time for a new kind of government that builds an even better New Zealand we can all be proud of, through modern compassionate leadership that recognises the value of every New Zealander and backs all our people.
We will deliver open, transformative and compassionate government. We’re living by our enduring Kiwi values of fairness, equality and openness. We’re addressing issues of the past through things like an inquiry into historical abuse of children in state care, and re-entry into the Pike River drift.
We will build closer partnerships with Māori. This means listening, working together, and committing to improve services and outcomes for tangata whenua.
We will value who we are as a country. Our priorities are ensuring more quality local broadcast content – about New Zealanders, made by New Zealanders. We’re marking 125 years of universal suffrage, 250 years of contact between Māori and Europeans, and securing the future of te reo Māori.
We will create an international reputation we can be proud of. We will continue our tradition of standing up on the world stage and upholding our values, through The Paris Accord climate change work programme, rebuilding our role in the Pacific, and supporting international disarmament efforts.