Greetings and Happy New Year.
We have a big year ahead of us. We will be holding the Government to account and standing up for the hard working Kiwis that this Government has forgotten. But we also need to show New Zealanders there is a better way. There is a Labour way.
That’s why we’ll be concentrating our efforts on creating jobs, building affordable housing, standing up for children in hardship, ensuring New Zealand’s education is the world’s best, diversifying our economy and rebuilding Christchurch. These are the areas that will make a difference.
One thing is for sure, the global economic landscape has changed as a result of the financial crisis. It’s not just a blip.
The world has changed, but National hasn’t. We need fresh thinking and new ideas.
That was what I talked about in my opening speech at Parliament yesterday.
We need a hands-on active Government that is ready to get stuck in and make a real difference to people’s lives.
In my first speech of the year at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club on Sunday I set out how we can make that happen.
But I can’t do it alone. I need your help to get there. I want to hear your hopes for this country and your ideas on how we can get there. Because ultimately, this is about how we – together – can build a country we all have a stake in.
I’m looking forward to getting out across the country this year and will see you for a chat soon.
Leader of the Labour Party