Campaign is over, now the real work begins
"On behalf of working people, I can say how excited we are to have a coalition Government who have committed to lifting incomes, to women actually getting equal pay and to ending poverty in New Zealand" said CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard.
"New Zealand asked for a different approach, and we’re confident that Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party can deliver a fairer, more equal country with a better quality of life for all."
"Let’s not kid ourselves, as well as a fiscal deficit, there is a social and infrastructure deficit after 9 years of austerity. It might not be properly measured, but it’s visible in the state of our housing, our rivers and stagnant productivity in our workplaces.
The high election turn-out was a sign that New Zealand is re-energised by a change to our political landscape. Working people finally have hope that their time and energy will be better valued by those in power."