The big announcements at Labour’s rally today:
Labour will hit the ground running in government, with a programme of work across housing, health, education, families, the environment and other priority areas.
- Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018.
- Increase student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week from January 1, 2018.
- Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, requiring all rentals to be warm and dry
- Ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses
- Issue an instruction to Housing New Zealand to stop the state house sell-off
- Begin work to establish the Affordable Housing Authority and begin the KiwiBuild programme
- Legislate to pass the Families Package, including the Winter Fuel Payment, Best Start and increases to Paid Parental Leave, to take effect from 1 July 2018
- Set up a Ministerial Inquiry in order to fix our mental health crisis
- Introduce legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain
- Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to help safeguard the provision of universal superannuation at age 65
- Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and to change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty
- Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.
- Establish the Tax Working Group
- Establish the Pike River Recovery Agency and assign a responsible Minister
- Set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care
- Hold a Clean Waters Summit on cleaning up our rivers and lakes
- Set the zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up the independent Climate Commission
Likely to attract the most attention:
Labour-led government would ban foreign purchases of New Zealand property ‘by Christmas’, says Ardern
At the Labour rally this afternoon, she was welcomed by chants of “Let’s do this” and a performance by a supergroup made up of Fat Freddy’s Drop, the Black Seeds and The Phoenix Foundation and called Stardust – the term applied to Ardern by National leader Bill English.
Ardern used her speech to outline what a Labour-led Government would do in its first 100 days.
At the top of the checklist were warmer, drier homes, support for families and students, and new inquiries into systemic and historical issues.
Foreign, non-resident homebuyers would be shut out of the housing market by Christmas through an urgent law change – a move which National says will breach New Zealand’s free trade agreements. …
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) September 10, 2017
New ensemble dubbed "Stardust" – from Fat Freddy's Drop, Phoenix Foundation and Black Seeds – opens Labour's WN rally. pic.twitter.com/oLk4aMtK3v
— Audrey Young (@audreyNZH) September 10, 2017