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Labour’s team is strong, united, and has a fully-costed plan for COVID-19 recovery that is already underway. National’s team is divided, desperate, and campaigning on a budget full of mistakes. Check out how Labour and National compare on the key issues to help you make up your mind who to vote for. But don’t delay – the last day to vote is 17 October.

Choose an issue to compare:

Labour

We went hard and early to support New Zealanders through COVID with initiatives like the Wage Subsidy and interest-free loans for small businesses, and now we’re creating jobs and growing the economy, while protecting vital services.

National

National’s recovery plan doesn’t add up, will gut the money set aside to protect against future outbreaks, and will mean harsh cuts to services like health and education.

Labour

We’ve extended paid parental leave, boosted the incomes of low income families through the Families Package, launched free, healthy lunches in schools, made doctor’s visits free for everyone under 14 and more.

National

In Government, National underfunded our vital services, and now National wants to cut support for children like our BestStart payment to afford tax cuts for wealthy New Zealanders.

Labour

We’ve passed the landmark Zero Carbon Act, banned single-use plastic bags, stopped new offshore oil and gas exploration permits, and committed to 100% renewable electricity generation by 2030.

National

National would see us going backwards on climate action by reversing many of our bold policies and weakening the Zero Carbon Act.

Labour

Thanks to our careful management, we’ve been able to get our economy moving faster to support our COVID recovery.

National

National’s economic plan is irresponsible and unaffordable, and they’ve got a multi-billion dollar hole, which will mean cuts to services like health and education.

Labour

We’ve made all apprenticeships and targeted trades training free, scrapped NCEA fees and most school donations. We’re upgrading almost every state school in the country and rolling out mental health support and free, healthy lunches in schools.

National

National underfunded the school system for nine years, introduced problematic National Standards, and slashed Adult and Community Education.

Labour

We’ve banned single-use plastic bags and microbeads, we’re creating almost 20,000 green jobs, set out a bold plan for plastics and waste, and a plan to combat kauri dieback, plus much more .

National

The previous National Government ignored New Zealand’s most pressing environmental issues, like unswimmable rivers and lakes.

Labour

We’ve started rebuilding hospitals, made doctor’s visits cheaper for more than half a million Kiwis, established the Cancer Control Agency, invested in mental health, and led a strong response to COVID-19.

National

National underinvested in health system, leading to rundown hospitals and broken services. Their economic plan will mean massive cuts to our vital services like health – all in the middle of a global pandemic.

Labour

We banned offshore speculators and unfair letting fees, started rolling out a progressive home ownership scheme, and made homes warmer and drier with our Healthy Homes standards. We’ve already delivered more than 5,300 new public houses, and we’ve committed to funding another 8,000.

National

National sold off 6,000 state houses during their time in Government. They also want to rip up our Healthy Homes standards – meaning more children growing up in cold, damp homes.

Labour

We rolled out the Wage Subsidy to protect Kiwis’ jobs through COVID, we’re investing in infrastructure projects that will create 20,000 jobs, and making it easier for people to train for these rebuild jobs by making all apprenticeships and targeted trades training free.

National

National is planning to gut the money we set aside in case of another outbreak, meaning there would be no support available to create jobs or keep people in work.

Labour

Labour will continue to safely reduce the prison population through effective crime prevention and rehabilitation strategies, progressive policing, and improving access to legal services.

National

National has no plan for how to reduce the prison population, and their overly punitive approach does not work to fix the systemic problems that lead to crime.

Labour

From responding to tragedies such as the 15 March terror attacks to leading our country’s hard and early response to COVID-19, Jacinda Ardern’s decisive action, empathy and compassion have been second to none.

National

The National Party has been chaotic and unable to lead themselves – let alone a country. They’ve had three leaders in the last five months, a constantly changing front bench and a mass exodus of experienced MPs.

Labour

We’ve worked hard to tackle the long-term issues facing Māori, from over-representation in prisons to poor health and housing outcomes. We’ve also pledged to make Matariki a public holiday. We’re committed to continuing to work together with Māori for a more equal Aotearoa.

National

In Government, National neglected issues like the housing crisis, an underfunded health system and the rising prison population, which disproportionately affect Māori. Judith Collins doesn’t have a strong track record in this area: recently, she claimed she is “demonised for being white”, and she is unable to even count to ten in te Reo.

Labour

We’re building new acute mental health facilities, investing in suicide prevention services, supporting young people, and launching a new frontline mental health service.

National

National underinvested in mental health, and now to afford their election promises, National will have to make massive cuts to our vital services like health, undoing the last three years of progress.

Labour

We’ve lifted the cap on gender affirming genital surgeries, wiped unjust historical convictions, and boosted rainbow mental health services. We’ll ban conversion therapy, and implement better health care for trans, intersex and gender diverse people.

National

National has no rainbow policies, and will not commit to banning conversion therapy.

Labour

We’ve lifted the minimum wage to $18.90, and will increase it to $20 an hour next year. This will give our economy a much-needed boost, while ensuring our workers receive a fair day’s pay.

National

National would scrap next year’s minimum wage increase, and instead prioritise tax cuts that only people on bigger incomes would reap any significant benefit from.

Labour

We’ve started rolling out new freshwater regulations to reverse decades of damage to our waters, working closely with farmers, local government and tangata whenua to make sure they can be implemented sustainably.

National

National has said they would undo the progress of the past three years, with no alternative suggestion for how they would restore our rivers and lakes.

Labour

We‘ve made workplaces safer by restoring meal and rest breaks, supported working parents by extending paid parental leave, and lifted the minimum wage. We’ll increase sick leave to ten days a year, implement Fair Pay Agreements, and ensure our workplaces are inclusive, fair and safe.

National

National has announced that they want to remove workers’ lunch breaks and other key improvements to workers’ rights in the Employment Relations Act – the very improvements that actually protect jobs and keep people in work.