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via Newshub / Lloyd Burr

Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister-elect Winston Peters have released the details of the coalition agreement for the new Government.

Strap yourself in.

Here are some of the key policies from the agreement:

A commitment to re-enter Pike River


A $1 billion per annum Regional Development Fund:

Investment in regional rail

Planting 100 million trees per year in a Billion Trees Planting Programme

Study the feasibility of moving the Ports of Auckland, giving serious consideration to Northport

Relocating Government functions to the regions

Re-establish the New Zealand Forestry service in the regions


Ensure work visas reflect genuine skill shortages and cut down on low quality international education courses

Take serious action on migrant exploitation, particularly of international students



Introduce a Zero Carbon Act

Introduce a Climate Commission

“Significant boost” to Department of Conservation funding

Introduce agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme if recommended by the Climate Commission, with a 95% free allocation to the agriculture sector

An emissions-free Government fleet (where possible) by 2025/26

Introduce a royalty on bottled water exports



Re-establish the Mental Health Commission

Annual free health check including a free eye check for SuperGold Card holders

Teen health checks for all Year 9 students

Free doctor’s visits for all under 14s

Progressively increase age for free breast cancer screening to 74



Review and reform of the Reserve Bank Act

Review the official measures of unemployment to reflect the 21st Century

Increase Minimum Wage to $20 per hour by 2020

Increase penalties for corporate fraud and tax evasion

Investigate growing KiwiBank to position it to become the Government’s Banker

Strengthen the Overseas Investment Act, create a comprehensive register of foreign-owned land and housing


Social Development:

Increase funding for family violence networks including Women’s Refuge and Shakti

Introduce programmes such ‘Ready for Work’ for the long-term unemployed

Pilot the Youth Education, Training & Employment initiative

800 extra places for the Limited Service Volunteer programme



Pilot counsellors in all secondary schools

A 30 year strategic plan for New Zealand education

Free driver training to all secondary students



Establish a Housing Commission

Law and Order:

Aim to introduce 1800 new Police officers by 2020

Increase Community Law Centre funding

Investigate a volunteer rural policing programme

Establish a Criminal Cases Review Commission


No doubt we will get a chance to discuss all of these issues in more detail over the coming months and years.  But to me a lot of them look like more tax, election bribes, talking instead of doing, setting up commissions to deliver the answer already stated (move the port a good example) and implementing ideology.

The ones I really find gut-achingly funny is the re-definition of child poverty and unemployment.

It’s all about the children, which is why Jacinda will make statistical poverty go away, and apparently also unemployment, by changing the goal posts.


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