Bill English “outlined his vision”

At the National p[arty conference Prime Minister Bill English outlined his vision for New Zealand in the 2020s as he launched the party’s election campaign.

This is National blurb.

English sets vision for New Zealand in the 2020s

National Party leader Bill English today outlined his vision to take New Zealand into the 2020s and his key priorities for the next Parliamentary term – including further raising incomes and reducing taxes.

“National’s New Zealand is open to trade, open to investment, happy to have Kiwis stay home and embraces growth because it delivers more jobs, higher wages and greater opportunities for New Zealanders,” Mr English told the Party’s annual conference in Wellington.

“We’ll work for a New Zealand where innovation and hard work is recognised and rewarded, a New Zealand that looks after the most vulnerable, and helps them change their lives.

“Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First, on the other hand, would shut down growth because they’re not up for tackling the challenges success brings.

“Well National’s up for it, and New Zealanders are too.”

To deliver on this vision, Mr English set out the priorities National will taking into the 2017 election.

“The economy will be front and centre of everything we do. Because we have to keep the economy growing before everyone can share the benefits.”

A growing economy and improving public finances will allow the Government to focus on the following key areas:

  • Delivering an ambitious programme to invest $32.5 billion in schools, roads, hospitals and broadband – the next stage of which is allocating the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to help build tens of thousands of new homes faster.
  • Further lifting incomes and cutting taxes to help hard-working New Zealanders get ahead and reduce the pressure on families most in need.
  • Protecting the environment for future generations, and growing the value of New Zealand’s clean green brand, by investing extensively to clean up our lakes and rivers and ensuring all significant waterways are monitored.
  • Delivering better public services for all New Zealanders, with an increasing focus on tailoring services to individuals’ needs, including:
    • Investing further in education – with a focus on ensuring our children have the maths and digital skills to thrive.
    • Ensuring all our young children have a healthy start to life, by reducing hospitalisations for preventable illnesses like asthma and dental conditions.
    • Rolling out programmes to target gangs, organised crime and drugs to reduce the harm they cause, as well as delivering an extra 1125 police staff.
    • Improving the lives of the most vulnerable by applying social investment tools to all government social services.

“We can all be proud of what we’ve achieved in recent years – with more jobs, higher wages, more police, better roads, better broadband, less crime, less unemployment and 60,000 fewer children in benefit-dependent households,” Mr English says.

“But we’re just getting started. We’re doing so well as a country, but we must grasp this rare opportunity to do so much more.”

Also PM Bill English’s speech to the 2017 National Party Conference


  1. “This is National blurb.” righto that conveys a nice level of dis… its just blurb….. expect Littles conference speech etc will be labelled blurb as well

    • Gezza

       /  June 26, 2017

      I thought they’d had theirs?

      Even Katie Bradford on1 ewes treated it dismissively as a joke – in fact the most notable video clip was of Andrew telling a lame joke. It was a non-event.

  2. and I’ll believe this when I see it “and cutting taxes to help hard-working New Zealanders get ahead and reduce the pressure on families most in need.”

    It would be interesting to see the tax, gst, duties levies, fees burden now compared to say 1990 in % of the national median wage terms. I suspect its higher given the rises in things like petrol taxes etc

  3. Blazer

     /  June 26, 2017

    the only growth National achieves is of….noses.

  4. sorethumb

     /  June 26, 2017

    “National’s New Zealand is open to trade, open to investment, happy to have Kiwis stay home and embraces growth because it delivers more jobs, higher wages and greater opportunities for New Zealanders,”
    The distinctive feature of the New Zealand economy is that land is an important input into the productive process. This is obvious with the agricultural, fishing and forestry sectors but it also applies to international tourism. In a simple model of the New Zealand economy where the supply of land is fixed, and New Zealand’s isolation means it is not a ‘natural’ location for the production of a broad range of internationally traded goods and services, then an increase in the labour supply through large scale immigration will reduce the
    marginal product of labour. As a result:

    Real wages will fall

    Owners of land will benefit

    There will be an outflow of ‘native’ labour in search of higher wages in Australia

    The economy will be bigger, but average incomes will fall

    Resources will flow into low value service production.

    This conventional model of the impact of an increase in labour supply is obviously a simplification of a complex reality, but we think that the fixed factor effect is important enough to be considered in any discussion or analysis of the impact of immigration in New Zealand. The official analysis, however, almost entirely omits it. There is a tendency to follow the international literature, where omitting the impact of fixed factors of production is a simplification that doesn’t matter very much, without thinking at all about how New Zealand could be different.

    The model seems to be consistent with some of the observed facts:

    Real per capita export growth has slowed significantly as labour supply has increased

    Labour productivity growth has been very slow

    Census data shows Auckland median income growth was the second lowest of any
    region over 2001-2006, and the lowest over 2006 to 2013. Auckland is the ‘poster child’ of superdiversity. If there was anything in the ‘diversity dividend’ argument Auckland should have been leaping ahead in the income stakes.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 26, 2017

      Interesting paper. I think it is certainly arguable that immigration is driven by economic success rather than driving it. Simple logic says that people are attracted to successful economies and desert unsuccessful ones. But that is not an argument against immigration, it is an argument for using it as a indicator that an economy is doing well or badly.

      The argument for free movement of people is that it enables flexibility and adaptability to change as well as offering human rights to those suffering from bad government. It is both an indicator of and a relief from bad government – of which, sadly, there are many. Like every open market it rewards the good and penalises the bad.

    • PDB

       /  June 26, 2017

      Labour are hypocrites – remember this publicity stunt at Westpac stadium from 2012?

      Scoop: “Today David Shearer held a stand-up press conference at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington to mark the 50,000th New Zealander’s migration to Australia. He held the meeting in Corporate Box 22 to commemorate four years since John Key press conference in the same box where he promised to stem the flow of economic migration across the Tasman.

      Mr Shearer criticised the prediction made by Mr Key in 2008 and said that the National led government’s policies had failed to live up to this.

      He added that Labour’s policies would aim to make New Zealand a higher-waged economy, encouraging people to return to live and work.”

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 26, 2017

        Yes, ignorant hypocrites to be more precise.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 26, 2017

        So long…and thanks for all the fish.

      • Blazer

         /  June 26, 2017

        Shearer gone..and forgotten.

  5. Zedd

     /  June 26, 2017

    English’s true vision; 3 years (or more) as elected PM !
    & whatever B-S it takes to achieve it.. ‘campaign on the right & govern on the left’ ; ‘Labour-light’ (sez Mr Seymour) I tend to agree, squarely in the centre-ground, preaching to the staunch Tories.. all they want to hear