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Jacinda Adern names 10 priorities for Labour’s first 100 days in office

A full house at the St James Theatre in Wellington for Jacinda Adern this afternoon. Photo via Twitter from Andrew Kirton

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Labour will take urgent action in its first 100 days in office to expand support for families and students, make rental homes warm and dry, find solutions to the mental health crisis and accelerate efforts to clean up our waterways, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

Speaking to 1500 people in Wellington’s St James Theatre this afternoon, she said:

“If we have the privilege of forming a Labour-led Government after the election, we commit to the following 10 priorities during our first 100 days in office along with a range of other urgent work:

• Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free and increase student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week from January 1, 2018
• Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill so families and all renters can live in warm, dry homes
• Ban overseas speculators from buying existing residential properties to help take the pressure off the housing market
• Stop the sell-off of state houses so we can better look after vulnerable families
• 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, so we can better support families, superannuitants and beneficiaries
• Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty
• Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to help safeguard the provision of universal superannuation at age 65
• Set up a Ministerial Inquiry to fix our mental health crisis
• Take the first steps to clean up our rivers and lakes by holding a Clean Waterways Summit of all key stakeholders
• Increase the minimum wage to $16.50/hour, to take effect 1 April 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.

“New Zealand faces a clear choice on 23 September – another three years where we continue to drift and risk seeing the problems just getting worse, or do we embrace the opportunity to take action and build a better, fairer New Zealand.

“For the sake of so many left behind these past nine years, we can’t afford to stick to the status quo. Now is the time to make a choice so we can ensure economic growth goes hand-in-hand with greater equality and we can once again be a world leader, a country we can all be proud of.

“Together we can do this. Let’s do this.”


  1. Stop Trexit, 10. September 2017, 19:29

    Stop Trexit and keep Wellington’s trolley buses running should be Labour’s number 1 priority because it’s such a no brainer in the fight to bring NZ carbon emissions down without creating a fiscal black hole. Come on Jacinda let’s do this! Its not all about Auckland!

  2. JG, 10. September 2017, 19:51

    The St James had to turn people away before starting time, as all the seats in the dress circle and the gods to the very top were full. The crowd was as diverse as any — with families and teenagers and youth, and many golden oldies. There was thunderous acclaim for the delivery of Labour’s new policies and the chance to re-engage politics with hope and justice. A startling call out from the audience when Jacinda gave a strong tribute to Andrew Little: we love you Andrew! [thunderous clapping, foot-stamping, cheering, as if to say his valour was in allowing Jacinda her chance]. All in all a rally the likes of which Wellington and I haven’t seen since I got here in 2010: the groundswell for change is palpable,

  3. Jujene, 10. September 2017, 20:28

    Why is the “nuclear-free moment of this generation” not in the first 100 days? Where is the Zero Carbon Act?

  4. Barbara Smyth, 10. September 2017, 20:30

    Yes! Keep our trolley buses.
    Nice and simple.
    Needs to be a priority in the first 100 days otherwise they will be gone for ever.

  5. Marion Leader, 11. September 2017, 7:15

    “Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018”.
    (Did she forget to say: “Sorry to all in their second and third years?”).

  6. Mary M, 11. September 2017, 7:42

    She is talking about closing the gate after the horses have bolted. The sell offs, the evictions and demolitions of public housing have already happened.
    What good is only one year free tertiary education – a qualification is not gained in a year but in three (or more). Many are drowning in student debt; will they get a year’s costs refunded? She offers more investigations and more bureaucracy.

  7. Neil Douglas, 11. September 2017, 14:10

    It’s still not too late to save Wellington’s trolley buses. Surely stopping TREXIT is something that Labour could achieve in its first 100 days and which would have a last legacy for Wellington, showing our city is serious about reducing carbon emissions and improving public health.

  8. Troy H, 11. September 2017, 15:36

    It’s just election promises Neil. We have seen the legacy of election promises. One year free tuition… and then forget the rest of it. Three months urgent bureaucracy then what… buy back all the public housing the govt sold?

  9. Daryl Cockburn, 12. September 2017, 11:46

    Michael Cullen stepped-in and advised no funding for the J’ville line being made a busway. This time Grant could say the trolleys need not be competitively tendered or the contract to demolish the lines can be cancelled for a nominal sum by the Govt.