A message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern and E tū activists at the Region 6 policy conference

There’s no doubt the whole world is facing a cost of living crisis right now and New Zealand families are not immune.

But in tough times Labour will always stand alongside working families to help you through. That’s why we cut fuel excise by 25 cents a litre and made public transport half price to make getting around more affordable. We introduced a cost of living payment through the winter months and at our recent conference announced increases to childcare subsidies because we know that is the biggest in-work cost for working families.

All these extra cost of living supports sit alongside our ongoing commitments to middle and low income families, such as increases to the minimum wage, increases to working for families, the food in schools programme, benefit increases, free doctors visits for under 14s, and so much more.

E tū members play an important role in our party. As an affiliated union, E tū has a strong voice and has been an important part of some of the key decisions we’ve made as a government.

2023 will bring new challenges and an election. But Labour is the only party that will keep looking out for workers and those most in need.

Wishing you all a great, much-needed break this summer with family and friends.