In 2017, The Labour Party campaigned on a long list of promises, you can read them below.

Despite being handed a once in a generation chance to deliver on those promises, with billions of additional funds left for them by the previous government, it hasn’t delivered.  In fact, things are getting worse.

The number of people on the dole is up by more than 22,000, our cost of living is through the roof, business confidence through the floor, and KiwiBuild is the largest public policy failure this country has ever seen.

New Zealanders have a right to feel let down. National is working hard in Opposition to turn it around in 2020. If you would like to stay updated on our progress, please enter your details here.

With your help we can secure a better future for New Zealand.

 

Regards,

Simon Bridges
Leader of the National Party

Labour's Promises

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What they promised:

What they’ve delivered:

State Services

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins promised in mid-2018 this Government would "reduce the reliance on expensive consultants and contractors, saving taxpayers many millions of dollars a year".

At that time, the total spend across all 30-plus public sectors was just over $550m.

Chris Hipkins, 2018

Failed to deliver.

Annual reviews show spending on contractors and consultants at 13 of the largest departments increased a total of 14 percent in a single year to $720m.

Source: rnz.co.nz

Child Poverty

“The Government will protect the environment, create more jobs and lift incomes of families to reduce child poverty, while running surpluses and paying down debt.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Seven of nine measures of child poverty have worsened under this Government. Percentage of children in households in material hardship and under 60% median income after housing costs - In June 2018 increased by 12,000 and rate increased 1.0% for Labour’s first year.

Source: Stats NZ

Jobs

“The Government will protect the environment, create more jobs and lift incomes of families to reduce child poverty, while running surpluses and paying down debt.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Job growth has fallen from 10,000 new jobs a month under National to only 3000 and the number of people on jobseeker benefits has increased by over 22,000 since the election.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Infrastructure

“This Government is committed to major investments in housing, health, education, police, and infrastructure.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Reallocation of funding for $5 billion of state highway projects resulted in Treasury advice that there would be “a downturn in major projects, including the re-evaluation of 12 state highway projects, many of them ‘market ready,’ which are no longer included in the pipeline.

Police

“As part of keeping our society safe, this government intends to add another 1800 new police officers over the next years and will investigate a volunteer rural constabulary programme. Community law centre funding will increase and a Criminal Cases Review Commission will be established. Family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti, will get more funding.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

Nor will they deliver. They shifted the goal posts and claimed the 1800 wasn’t a net new officer number, which took into account attrition, but 1800 graduates. 

Every previous question the Government had answered up until late 2019 was answered in a manner consistent with an “aspirational” goal to deliver 1800 net new Police this term.

That has now been abandoned.

Child Poverty

“This government will address the social deficit in this country and it will start with children. About 290,000 children live in poverty in New Zealand, in many cases without adequate food, healthcare and housing."

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

This Government hasn’t reduced child poverty.

In fact, seven of nine indicators of child poverty have gotten worse under this Government.

Source: Statistics NZ

Housing

"When the $1.5 billion project, now dubbed The Porirua Development, was announced last November, the government said the first renewed state home would be ready in 2019, while the first Kiwibuild home would be ready in 2020."

Stuff.co.nz


Failed to deliver.


Now Kāinga Ora says the first stage of state homes will be completed next year, and the private/Kiwibuild component of the 25-year project will start in 2021.”


Source: Stuff.co.nz

Volunteer Rural Constabulary

“....will investigate a volunteer rural constabulary programme. Community law centre funding will increase and a Criminal Cases Review Commission will be established. Family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti, will get more funding.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

This was investigated and New Zealand First was taken by surprise to learn Police had recommended not proceeding with it.

Public comments from NZ First MPs suggest the matter isn’t settled and a voluntary rural constabulary may be formed. 
It won’t. The policy is dead.

Youth Suicide

“New Zealand’s high suicide rate, especially for adolescents, is shameful. This government will increase resources for frontline health workers and will put more nurses in schools to make it easier for young people and others with mental health problems to get the help they need. Free counselling will be available for those under 25.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.


A pilot giving free counselling for 18-25 year olds was announced in 2018, it hasn’t been universally rolled out (and the announcement was just a commitment to tendering out a contract).

Once again, all bluster, no delivery.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Aged Care

"David Clark, the Minister of Health, made a commitment prior to the election in a speech he gave in Christchurch that the first Budget of a Labour-led Government would see the appointment of an Aged Care Commissioner"

Newshub NZ


Failed to deliver.


No one appointed.  No process toward an appointment.

Medicinal Cannabis

“Funding for alcohol and drug addiction services will increase, and drug addiction will be treated as a health issue. Medicinal cannabis will be made available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain. As part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Green Party, this government is committed to holding a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis at, or by, the 2020 election.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.


The Ministry of Health is still analysing feedback on a proposed scheme.  The first regulations aren't expected until some time in 2020. 
Meanwhile, National researched and developed a credible regime which the Government could have picked up and implemented by now, but they ignored it.

Seniors

“Seniors will be entitled to an annual free health and eye check as part of the new SuperGold Card.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Despite the Deputy Prime Minister’s big promises of caring for older New Zealanders. 
Scoping was done and announced in 2018 but no follow-up since.

Source: Newshub NZ

Free Doctors Visits

“Free doctor visits will be extended to everyone under 14, with teen health checks for all Year 9 students.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

A lovely sentiment, but not delivered. This was a promise made by Labour to NZ First and doesn’t appear to have been mentioned publicly since 30 April 2018.

Source: Newshub NZ

Early Childhood Education

“It [the Government] will grow the number of early childhood centres, and fund them to employ qualified and registered teachers.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

The overall number of licensed Early Childhood Education services has actually decreased from 4,567 centres in 2017 to 4,532 in 2018.


Source: Education Counts website

Mental Health

“It will pilot counsellors in primary schools, and it will rebuild outdated or unsuitable classrooms.

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

In June 2019 the NZ Association of Counsellors backed a petition asking for counsellors to be placed in primary and intermediate schools. No sign of progress any time soon.

Source: Scoop NZ

Financial Literacy

“This government will offer all high school students free driver training and financial literacy, as part of a toolkit giving all school leavers valuable practical skills.”

Speech from the Throne


Only partially delivered a tool for teachers to teach this.

However, it’s a very once-over-lightly effort and will do little to properly raise standards in this area.

Careers Advice

“This government will modernise and re-develop a comprehensive system of careers advice and guidance that is integrated into learning and will ensure every student has a career plan that is regularly updated through their schooling.”

Speech from the Throne



Failed to deliver.

Driver Training

“This government will offer all high school students free driver training and financial literacy, as part of a toolkit giving all school leavers valuable practical skills.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

The Prime Minister has announced a scheme to help 2500 young drivers, so only around 1 per cent of secondary school students have access to the scheme.

Source: Education Counts website

Education

“It will end bureaucratic national standards and replace them with new forms of assessment that meaningfully reflect student achievement. It will ensure that all students have access to technology to support their learning, and it will ensure that every child with special needs and learning difficulties can participate fully in school life.

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

NCEA and the Curriculum still under review two years in to this Government cycle.

Failed to ensure all students have access to technology to support learning.

The Government’s learning support plan has only a component of what is required for supporting children with complex needs. 

School Donations

“It will remove or reduce financial barriers to access, by offering more funding to schools that do not charge fees.....”

Speech from the Throne


The Government’s school donations programme does not apply to schools in deciles 8, 9 and 10.

Gender Pay Gap

“It will eliminate the gender pay gap within the core public sector and encourage the private sector to do the same.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Pay equity legislation stalled. Govt blocked National bills twice, and have left their own sitting on the order paper for 6+ months.

Overall gender pay gap (9.3%) unchanged since 2017, Public sector gender pay gap was 10.7% in 2018.

Source: Stats NZ & stuff.co.nz

Rent to Own

“This government will make life better for renters. A ‘Rent to Own’ scheme will be developed."

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

This was promised to the Greens and hasn't resulted in anything.

Foreign Housing Register

“A comprehensive register of foreign-owned land and housing will be created, and the Overseas Investment Act will be strengthened.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

In fact, total silence since all the pre-2017 election campaign noise.

Apprenticeships

“This work will begin immediately, as part of this government’s 100 Day Plan. To boost the workforce, employers will be financially supported to train 4000 young people as apprentices, including on-the-job construction training.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Not even close. The 4000 were supposed to be delivered by the end of 2019. Now that target has been quietly dropped. Only 417 have started the Mana in Mahi programme and 32 per cent of them dropped out. Now they’re aiming for 2000 young people in training by 2023.  Meanwhile the number of young New Zealanders on the dole has risen by 5500 under this Government - and that’s in a tight labour market!

Source: Stats NZ

Housing

“Housing is a top priority for this government. Action will be taken to address homelessness. State house sell offs will stop. And the State will take the lead in building affordable houses.  Through its Kiwibuild programme, this government pledges to build 100,000 high quality, affordable homes over the next 10 years; half of them in Auckland.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Policy re-set. Expectations lowered. Minister removed. Barely responsible for delivering 250 extra dwellings to the private first homebuyer market since becoming the Government. Had bold targets, all of which have been dropped. Was also fact-checked by the NZ Herald when the PM claimed her Government had built 2200 state houses.  “MISLEADING: Yes, between November 1, 2017 and August 31 this year roughly 2200 state houses have been built, but roughly 30 per cent of those were already under construction when this Government took over and 16 per cent were already contracted by November 1, 2017.

Source: NZ Herald

Immigration

“To help ease pressures on our housing, infrastructure and public services, this government will make sure we get our immigration settings right.  It will cut down on low quality international education courses and will ensure work visas issued reflect genuine skill shortages.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.


Tinkered with, but not delivered on promises made pre-election.

Housing

“This government will remove the Auckland urban growth boundary and free up density controls. New developments, both in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, will be able to be funded through innovative new financing methods like infrastructure bonds.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.


Also the Council and Mayor are extremely opposed to the idea.

1080

“Investigate alternatives to 1080.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

There has been a small allocation of funding for new traps from the Provincial Growth Fund, but thus far no new alternatives to 1080.

Mining on Conservation Land

“There will be no new mines on conservation land.”

Speech from the Throne


This was a promise, but is still under negotiation within the coalition two years in.

Waste Minimisation

“Other environment initiatives include a commitment to minimising waste to landfill and a fund to take action on old tyres.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

The Government has set up one of its interminable working groups to address the issue but nothing has come of it yet.

Water Bottling

“Commercial users who profit from bottling water and exporting it overseas will pay a royalty.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Hasn’t been raised for many months because despite its populist appeal the Government hasn’t been able to find a credible way to introduce one without trampling all over trade and other agreements with countries New Zealand does business with. On 19 November David Parker finally said in a statement “Responding to concerns about overseas investment in water bottling, the Government will also require consideration of the impact on water quality and sustainability of a water bottling enterprise, when assessing an investment in sensitive land.”

This might be addressing water bottling in a roundabout way, but it’s got nothing to do with what this Government promised to deliver.

Source: beehive.govt.nz

Improving Waterways

“Our lakes and rivers need to be protected and restored, which can only happen if all water users and the government work together. The government will offer young people without jobs the opportunity to work to improve the health of this country’s waterways, with the aim of restoring them to a swimmable state within a generation.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

Electric Vehicles

“This ambitious plan to take real action on climate change will involve all New Zealanders. This government will act as a role model, showing leadership by requiring State-owned enterprises and other government organisations to pursue low-carbon options and technologies, including electric vehicles for all Government vehicle fleets.

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

The Government quietly dropped their commitment this year to making the entire Government fleet emissions-free by mid-2025.

“When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the agreement between Labour and New Zealand First stipulated that the entire fleet would be emissions-free by mid-2025, ‘where practicable.’  Although it was repeated as recently as June, that goal has been quietly revised to a commitment that, after mid-2025, all new vehicles entering the fleet will be emissions-free.”

Source: Stuff.co.nz

Green Investment Fund

“The agreement between Labour and the Green Party also provides for up to $1 billion of new investment to be stimulated in low carbon industries by 2020, kick-started by a government-backed Green Investment Fund of $100 million.”

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.
 


The money is allocated, but not a single cent of the the $100 million Green Investment Fund that was supposed to kick-start $1 billion of investment in ‘low carbon’ industries has been invested.

Low Carbon Investment

“The agreement between Labour and the Green Party also provides for up to $1 billion of new investment to be stimulated in low carbon industries by 2020, kick-started by a government-backed Green Investment Fund of $100 million.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

Answers to Written Parliamentary Questions say the Green Investment Fund is looking at a number of opportunities, but the bottom line is this Government hasn’t delivered.

Not a single cent of the Government’s side of the bargain has been invested, which is why not a single dollar of private sector money has been either.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the world. If we do not urgently reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases, warming will disrupt the climate which our agriculture and other industries depend upon, and sea-level rise will affect our coastal cities, along with other profound changes.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

In fact... they’ve gone up! 

The Climate Change Minister admitted emissions are increasing under this Government and will continue to for the next five years. National has supported a legislative framework in the form of the Zero Carbon Bill that will help deliver on everyone’s goal of reducing emissions.

 When it comes to results this Government has been nothing but hot air.

One Billion Trees

“This government is committed to a new planting programme, planting 100 million trees a year to reach a billion more trees in ten years.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

No matter how you cut it the billion trees over 10 years promise is absolute nonsense.  It’s not being delivered and won’t be.

The Prime Minister claimed in a video that her Government had planted 140 million trees.

The NZ Herald: “FALSE – As of late October, just under 150 million trees have been planted in New Zealand, but the number of trees planted as a direct result of the Government’s funding is 25 million.”

Source: NZ Herald

Govt Services

“Some government services will be regionalised.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

The Government announced that the Forestry Service will be re-established in Rotorua, but no existing government services have transferred from the main centres to the regions.

Tax

“The government will review the tax system... including better supporting regions and exporters, addressing the capital gain associated with property speculation and ensuring that multinationals contribute their share."

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver. 

In fact, no change whatsoever.

Tax

“The government will review the tax system, looking at all options to improve its structure, fairness and balance"

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

Mental Health

"Ensuring everyone has access to timely and high quality mental health services, including free counselling for under 25 year olds."

Green Party / Labour Confidence and Supply Agreement


Failed to deliver.

Transport

"Safe cycling and walking around schools to be a transport priority."

Green Party / Labour Confidence and Supply Agreement

Failed to deliver.

The Government will argue there is a significant road safety investment programme underway, with a range of safety upgrades to existing infrastructure, but there doesn’t appear to be any Government announcement on specific school-focused walking and cycling safety investment. 

Special Needs Learning

"Ensuring every child with special needs and learning difficulties can participate fully in school life."

Green Party / Labour Confidence and Supply Agreement


Failed to deliver.

Only thing close to delivery is the Learning Support Plan, which is sparse and inequitable.

Source: Education Conversation, Govt NZ website.

Te Reo Māori

"Ensure that all early childhood and primary school teachers are provided with an opportunity to undertake lessons in Te Reo Māori."

labour.org.nz


Failed to deliver.

Careers Advice

"Ensure all students have professional personalised career advice before leaving high school."

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

Teacher/Child Ratios

"Improve group size and teacher:child ratios for infants and toddlers in early childhood services"

Labour’s Education Manifesto


Failed to deliver.

Early Childhood Education

"[Will provide] extra funding for ECE centres that employ 100% qualified and registered teachers."

Labour’s Fiscal Plan - Page 14


Failed to deliver.

Strong Economy

“This government is committed to building a strong economy

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

Number of net New Zealanders leaving for overseas is up 10,000 a year under Labour.

Strong Economy

“This government is committed to building a strong economy

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

Number of people on the dole up 22,000.

Strong Economy

“This government is committed to building a strong economy

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver

Per capita growth of only 0.5 per cent a year compared to average of 1.7% a year during last 5 years under National.

Strong Economy

“This government is committed to building a strong economy"

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver

Job growth down from 10,000 a month under National to just 3,000 under Labour.

Economic Growth

“This government is committed to building a strong economy"

Speech from the Throne


Really? Then why is economic growth down from 4 per cent a year under National to just 2.1 per cent?

Health Funding

“This will be a government of transformation... it will restore funding to education and the health systems to allow access for all, it will protect the environment and take action on climate change, and it will build a truly prosperous nation and a fair society, together.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

In fact, in the most tangible area the general public benchmark health outcomes on, things have gotten worse. Elective surgeries have dropped by 6000 under this Government, the first drop in a decade. In the year to June 2019, 18 of 20 DHBs did fewer elective surgeries than the previous year. 

Labour is a terrible manager of health.  They were through the 2000s and they’re just as bad now.

Source: Stats NZ

Homelessness

“This will be a government of transformation... It will lift up those who have been forgotten or neglected, it will take action on child poverty and homelessness... and it will build a truly prosperous nation and a fair society, together.”

Speech from the Throne

Failed to deliver.

If there was a roof over everyone’s head our largest city, Auckland, wouldn’t have a minimum of 800 people living without shelter - 50 per cent of them living in vehicles. Auckland Council Homeless Count in September 2018 found that there was a minimum of 800 people living without shelter and 2,874 in temporary accommodation.

The same problem exists in other major centres.

Source: Auckland City Council

Child Poverty

“This will be a government of transformation. It will lift up those who have been forgotten or neglected, it will take action on child poverty and homelessness"

Speech from the Throne


Failed to deliver.

In fact, heading in the wrong direction. Stats NZ figures make it clear that there is greater child poverty, with seven of nine measures worsening under this Government.