New Zealand’s economy is strong, resilient and growing. It’s performing well compared to other countries – we’re on track to continue to deliver ongoing wage rises and more job opportunities for Kiwis, with annual economic growth of around 3 per cent expected over the next five years.
New Zealanders are getting more elective surgeries, faster cancer treatment, and more children are getting immunised than ever before. In addition, around 780,000 children are benefitting from our free GP visits and prescriptions for under-13s.
Achievement in our schools is continuing to rise. Latest data shows the percentage of children achieving NCEA Level 2 last year reached 75.8 per cent – up 10 percentage points since 2008.
Law and order
We’re also continuing to crack down on crime – around 60,000 fewer crimes are being committed a year compared to five years ago and we now have the lowest crime rate since 1978. We’ve also passed new laws against cyber bullying and are doing more to help support victims of crime.
These results are a credit to Police, and our education and health workers throughout New Zealand.
National will continue to work hard to ensure we maintain this momentum.