Did you know the coalition Government just celebrated two years since the election? That’s two years of meaningful progress to build a New Zealand where people who have been struggling for too long can have the chance to thrive.
We’ve made big investments in mental health so people can get help from their local GP. We’ve funded new cancer treatment equipment like radiation machines and new cancer drugs and we’ve increased school funding so parents don’t have to pay for school donations or NCEA fees.
Day by day, we’ve been tackling our long-term challenges head-on. We’re putting money back in the pockets of the hard-working New Zealanders who need it most. We’ve raised the minimum wage to $17.70 and we’ve brought in the Families Package, which will lift around 64,000 children out of poverty. We’ve extended paid parental leave and 92,000 new jobs have been created under this Government.
We’re also cleaning up our environment, making rivers swimmable again and progressing real action on climate change.
We’re building schools, hospitals and thousands of state houses and investing record amounts in road safety and public transport.
Because of the magnitude of the challenges we’re facing – like climate change – and the legacies of the housing crisis and child poverty, it can sometimes be easy to forget how far we’ve come in the last two years.
In 2017 New Zealanders gave us the chance to form a Government that does things differently, to be a Government that actually cares about its people. There’s much to do, but I’m very proud of the progress we are making.