LEARN - Labour's First 100 Days: A Review
Labour's First 100 Days: A Review
How many promises has Labour really kept? Did they have to compromise their ideals because of NZ First or the Green Party?
Click on one of Labour's "first 100 days" promises to see what they have done to achieve it, and how we score their efforts out of 5.
Our total score: 73/85
Our score: 5/5From January 1 2018, all students who finish school in 2017 or during 2018 will qualify for a year of fees free education from tertiary or industry providers. This also applies to adults who have previously studied for less than a half year of full time study. To find out if you are eligible, click here
Our score: 5/5From January 1 2018, Student Allowance rates will increase by $50 a week, or $100 when the rate reflects 2 adults instead of one. In addition, this change means that some students who were not eligible for a Student Allowance because of personal or parental income will now be eligible. From January 1 2018, Student Loan Living Cost Payments will rise by $50 a week.
Our score: 4/5Labour passed the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No 2) on the 4th of December 2017.
This bill sets out minimum requirements for rental properties, including heating, insulation, water availability, and damage, and cleanliness. It tasks the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, to decide on reasonable minimum requirements for the above. Read more.
This bill is almost identical to the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that Labour wrote in 2013. However, the original bill set out guidelines for the promotion, research, and monitoring of energy efficiency and conservation. It also proposed minimum standards for ventilation, draft stoppage, and drainage in residential properties.
Our score: 4/5While Labour has not yet passed this into law, they currently have a bill under consideration that is set to pass in early 2018.
The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill requires that overseas buyers (those who are not current Australian or NZ citizens, or NZ permanent residents) will only be able to buy residential properties if they develop the land to include more houses, or convert the land to another use and are able to demonstrate that this conversion will have wider benefits to the country.
Our score: 5/5In December of 2017 the Government announced that they would stop all sales of state houses, including sales that were in progress.
Our score: 3/5The first affordable homes from the Kiwibuild programme will be available in mid-2018. This programme aims to build 100,000 affordable homes (under $600,000 in Auckland and under $500,000 elsewhere) over the next 10 years. This will be overseen by the Ministry of Business, Employment, and Innovation for the next year until a Housing Commission can be established.
Our score: 5/5Labour released a new families package in December 2017, which includes a winter energy payment, best start tax credit, changes to the accommodation supplement, and working for families tax credits. For more information and eligibility, click here.
In November 2017 a bill passed which will increase parental leave - parents of babies born after 1 July 2018 will be eligible for 22 weeks, and after 1 July 2020 will be eligible for 26 weeks.
Our score: 5/5In January 2018 the Government announced the details of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions. The inquiry will report back to the Government by October 2018.
Find out about the Chair and board.
Our score: 3/5Labour have introduced a bill that will give an exemption for cannabis use for terminally ill people. It will still be a controlled substance, except for cannabinoids which are the compounds with medical benefits. Regulations are also going to be put in place to maintain the dope standards of manufactured and imported products.
Find out more or make a submission (open until 21 March).
Our score: 5/5The New Zealand Government resumed making payments to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund in December of 2017. This fund was set up so the Government can pool and invest their money now, so that they will be able to afford the rising costs of universal superannuation in the future.
Find out more
Our score: 5/5The Child Poverty Reduction Bill is currently in progress. It will require the Government to set 10-year long term targets, as well as 3-year intermediate targets to reduce child poverty. These will be measured against yearly child poverty reports from Government statisticians, and must be included in each year’s budget. In addition, the Government will also have to develop and report on a strategy to promote the overall health and wellbeing of our tamariki.
Click here to read more.
Our score: 5/5In December 2017, the Government announced that from 1 April 2018, they will increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour.
Labour has also introduced a pile of legislation surrounding workers’ rights, including bills that make it easier to tackle pay discrimination, and strengthen unions.
Read about more changes on the horizon.
Our score: 5/5The Government formed the Tax Working Group in order to examine the structure, fairness, and balance of New Zealand’s tax system.
Keep in the loop with the Tax Working Group here.
Our score: 5/5In January 2018, the Government established the Pike River Recovery Agency. This agency is focused on developing a plan to safely re-enter the Pike River mine in order to collect information and give the families involved closure.
Andrew Little has been appointed as the Minister responsible for the Agency, and as the former leader of the Labour Party he is a responsible choice.
Read about their progress here.
Our score: 5/5In February of 2018, Labour launched a Royal Commission into historical state care abuse.
Read more here.
Our score: 0/5Not done.