New Zealand Labour Party

Think Labour's got no policies? Think again.

One of the criticisms that's been floating around about Labour and Jacinda recently is that we have no policy.

And we're all like:

If you think that, you really need to read below.

Over the past three years, Labour has announced a policy offering larger than any other New Zealand political party. And there's more to come before the election!

It's a plan to make New Zealand even better. So have a scroll! See what's there for you, your family and see how we can make New Zealand even better together.


Crack down on speculators

  • Ban overseas speculators from buying our homes
  • Tax property speculators who flick houses within five years
  • Remove the speculators’ tax loophole 

Build more houses

  • Build 100,000 starter homes for first home buyers over 10 years, including
    • 50,000 affordable homes in Auckland
    • 400 affordable homes in the Hutt Valley
    • 200 affordable homes in Hamilton
    • 1000 affordable homes in Queenstown
    • 149 affordable homes in Palmerston North
  • Create an Affordable Housing Authority to fast-track development in our cities
  • KiwiBuild Visa so firms can get in a skilled builder from overseas if they also train a Kiwi
  • Relax the rules to let Auckland grow up and out
  • Help build a house factory in Gisborne
  • Make it easier for iwi and hapū  to build homes on their land

Decent housing for everyone

  • Build more state houses
  • Stop taking dividends from Housing New Zealand
  • $2,000 grants to help families insulate their homes or install heating
  • Require all rentals to be warm, dry, and healthy to live in 
  • Work to end homelessness

Click here to see all of our housing policies


  • Cut GP fees by $10 a visit
  • Free mental health care for high needs patients in the community
  • Mental health services in Canterbury schools
  • A nurse in every public secondary school
  • Fund Pharmac to get us the latest medicines quicker
  • Make sure all Kiwis get world-class cancer care no matter where they live
  • Increase GP training places
  • Fund the latest medicines to stop the spread of HIV
  • Review mental health in first 100 days
  • rebuild Dunedin Hospital
  • rebuild Maniototo Base Hospital in Ranfurly

Click here to see all of our health policies

Economy and jobs 

  • Run a surplus and pay down debt
  • Adhere to our budget responsibility rules
  • Make multinationals pay their fair share
  • Create a fairer tax system where everyone pays their fair share
  • Help for young entrepreneurs to start their business
  • $200m regional infrastructure fund
  • Set up a Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin
  • Give unemployed young people six months work of public value
  • $16.50 minimum wage
  • Fair Pay Agreements for higher wages
  • R&D tax credits to encourage innovation
  • End secondary tax
  • $300m for priority infrastructure in Christchurch
  • Safely re-enter Pike River to recover the men
  • Set up a $75m tourism infrastructure and conservation fund
  • Make sure the Government buys Kiwi-made whenever possible
  • More flexible tax for business
  • Work with Whanganui Council to repair and redevelop the city's port.

Click here to see all of our jobs policies

Families package 

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave
  • $60 a week for families with babies and toddlers
  • Boost incomes for 70% of families with kids through Working for Families
  • Help with winter power bills for superannuitants and beneficiaries

Click here to see all of our family polices


  • Light rail for Auckland, starting with light rail to the airport
  • Commuter rail for Christchurch
  • More safe cycleways
  • Replace the Manawatu Gorge Route
  • Rapid rail between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga
  • Double new regional roads funding
  • Develop a congestion free network for Wellington

Click here to see all of our transport policies


Early Childhood Education

  • Reinstate extra funding for ECE centres that employ 100 per cent qualified and registered teachers
  • Require all ECE centres to employ at least 80 per cent qualified teachers by the end of our first term
  • Actively support establishing new public early childhood centres in areas of low-provision through targeted establishment grants. 


  • Get rid of school donations
  • Digital devices for school kids
  • Replace worn out classrooms

Tertiary Education

  • Three years free tertiary education and training
  • $50 more a week for student allowance and living cost payments
  • Dole for Apprentices scheme to help firms taking on apprentices
  • Funding for night classes and adult learning
  • Restoring the eligibility of students in long courses, such as medicine, to access student allowances or loans beyond seven years FTE study.

School Leavers' Toolkit

  • School Leavers’ Toolkit to to teach practical skills like financial literacy and driver's licenses 
  • Professional career advice for high school students

Click here to see all of our education policies


  • Make our rivers and lakes swimmable again
  • A fair clean water royalty to clean up pollution
  • Put a levy on bottled water exports
  • Unemployed young people to plant trees along waterways, learning work skills and receiving mentoring

Click here to see all of our water policies

Climate change

  • Set targets to reduce our greenhouse emissions
  • Make sure all polluters are in the Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Ensure a just transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy with decent and secure jobs
  • Establish an independent Climate Commission
  • Fully implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accords

Click here to see all of our climate change policies


  • 1000 more police on the beat
  • 300 more police support staff
  • Re-open community police stations
  • Treat cannabis as a medical issue
  • End private prisons
  • Cut reoffending to bring down the crime rate

Click here to see all of our police policies


  • Keep super at 65
  • Restart contributions to the Super Fund

Click here to see more on super


  • Take a breather on immigration
  • Double the refugee quota to 1,500
  • Make sure the regions can fill genuine skill shortages

Click here to see all of our immigration policies