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What we're doing for families

Many of you have spoken out about the pressure facing New Zealand families today.

We’ve heard you – and we’re taking real action.

Our Families Package includes smart, targeted support for Kiwis who are working and raising a family.

We are making good progress on real results for Kiwis across the country.


Our Families Package means families all around the country have seen their weekly incomes rise – including many families who have missed out under the policies of previous governments. 

With it, 384,000 families will be an average of $75 per week better off.

That’s an average $75 extra in the pocket each week.


So, what’s in the Families Package?

Our extension to Working for Families is making it easier to raise a family in New Zealand. We boosted Working for Families for all those currently receiving it, and widened our reach – offering support to over 30,000 more families.

Our Best Start Payment makes life easier for parents with new-born babies with 65,000 families $60 a week better off under Labour.

We also extended Paid Parental Leave to 22 weeks and gave another boost to families by lifting the maximum weekly payment of paid parental leave by an extra $20.

Between our Families Package and the Wellbeing Budget 50,000-74,000 children will be lifted out of poverty.

We helped over a million people heat their home over winter with the Winter Energy Payment - an automatic payment of at least $20.46 each week to help older and low-income New Zealanders with heating costs.


Our Families Package comes alongside a number of other things we’re doing to make sure families have a little extra left over at the end of the week:

  • We’ve made going to your GP cheaper and easier for many New Zealanders, cutting GP visits for 600,000 people by up to $30.
  • We increased school funding so parents don't have to pay for school donations or NCEA fees.
  • We have also increased the minimum wage by $1.20 to $17.70 per hour benefiting more than 200,000 workers - the largest increase in New Zealand history.
  • We’ve made it easier to get into training and tertiary education, with the first year of tertiary education fees-free, and training and apprenticeship programmes like Mana in Mahi.

We’re proud of what we’re doing to deliver real results for Kiwi families.

By building a stable economy that benefits everyone, we are able to roll out proper support for people who've missed out previously, and for those who need it.

We put Kiwis first. That’s what Aotearoa is all about.


Check out what you're eligible for with the Working for Families calculator.You can also use the new MSD tool to see what you may be eligible for.

 

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