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Three reasons we’re heading in the right direction

Three reasons we’re heading in the right direction


This Sunday I’ll join National supporters to launch our 2014 election campaign in Manukau.

I know our supporters are energised and ready for an exciting campaign.

We will also be making a significant policy announcement and I’m really looking forward to talking about the issues that matter to New Zealanders.

This week we’ve seen three good reasons that we’re heading in the right direction under National’s successful plan for New Zealand.

We’re on track to surplus, with more jobs and higher incomes.

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update confirmed we are on track to post a modest surplus of $297 million this financial year.

If we are re-elected, National will use the surplus to repay debt, reduce taxes when there is room to do so, and to invest in priority public services.

Fewer Kiwis leaving for Australia, more coming home.

In the year to July, fewer people left for Australia than any time since 1995 – and more Kiwis are voting with their feet and coming home.

We’re aiming higher for better results.

Results in two of National’s Better Public Services targets have been much better than we anticipated. So we’re lifting the bar and aiming for more improvement with new targets:

• The proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds who have advanced trade qualifications, diplomas and degrees by 2017 – raised from 55 per cent to 60 per cent.

• Reducing the total crime rate by 20 per cent from 2011 to 2017 – up from the current target of 15 per cent.

This is encouraging, but we have more work to do.

Read more about our plan for New Zealand here.


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