New Zealand Labour Party

Six wins for Māori in six months of government

It’s now been six months since the Government was sworn in and Jacinda Ardern became Te Pirimia o Aotearoa.

We promised we would be a different Government, one that was unafraid to take on the big challenges like child poverty, housing and climate change.

We quickly got down to business, ticking off everything in our 100 Day Plan and setting a new direction for a stronger and fairer future for all New Zealanders.

Our 13-strong Labour Māori Caucus - which includes five Ministers – means we now have the highest representation of Māori MPs in a single party in the history of New Zealand. 

This gives us a powerful Māori voice in Government and with such strong representation we’re already delivering better outcomes for whānau, hapu and iwi.

So far we have:

  • Begun a programme to build thousands of affordable and state houses so we all have a place to call home.
  • Passed legislation to lift the income of 384,000 whānau by an average of $75 a week from July.
  • Increased the minimum hourly wage to $16.50, making 28,000 Māori workers and their whānau better off.
  • Introduced a bill to improve the lives of Māori renters by banning letting fees.
  • Committed to reduce poverty among our tamariki to some of the lowest levels in the world.
  • Protected our taiao by ending new offshore oil and gas exploration while upholding Māori workers’ rights as we transition to a clean energy future.

We are already demonstrating our determined long-term focus to improve the lives of Māori – but there’s still plenty of mahi to do!

Make sure you stay updated on what our Māori MPs are doing in their communities and click here to go to our Labour Māori Facebook page.