Our Government has taken the next step to support New Zealanders with the cost of living. To fight inflation and ease the pressure, we’ve extended the fuel tax cut, reduced road user charges, and kept half price public transport in place for everyone until the end of January 2023.
These extensions are one way we can make life more affordable for people and provide more certainty in the face of volatile prices at the petrol pump. This will also help reduce the fuel burden on businesses and keep the cost of food and essential goods lower across the board.
The first of our new cost of living payments will go out soon, supporting more than two million New Zealanders. This sits alongside our Winter Energy Payment. When taken together, these payments will support 81% of New Zealanders aged 18 and over with their bills this year.
We’re also fixing the supermarket sector and increasing competition to make sure that Kiwis pay a fair price at the checkout. This includes calling on supermarkets to open up wholesale access for their competitors at a fair price – or we will do it for them through law. This will make it easier for new competitors to enter the grocery market and ensure fairer prices.
The minimum wage has been raised again, with this year’s increase worth more than $2,500 a year for full-time workers. Alongside this, we’ve boosted Superannuation and Working for Families, as well as rolling out cheaper doctors’ visits, free school lunches and more.
These measures build on the work we’ve done since taking office to make life more affordable for New Zealanders, as we move forward with our plan to grow a secure economy for all.
Global pressures mean there’s no easy fix, but our Government will continue to provide support in the face of inflation to help families and businesses here in the New Lynn Electorate, and across the country to get ahead.
Deborah Russell, MP for New Lynn