We’re standing by those affected by last year’s Kaikoura earthquake.

There is always more work to do. That’s why we are helping more families buy their own homes, supporting small businesses to succeed, and investing in health and education.

We’re also investing more than $55.7 million in faster internet for the region and funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.

Nelson-Marlborough Economic Snapshot

  • 34.0% economic growth since National was elected.
  • 3,500 new jobs created in Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast over the past year.
  • $12,416 increase in average annual wages since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 24 more Police for the Tasman Police District which covers Nelson-Marlborough, and Motueka will now have a 24/7 Police presence – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.


  • $812m to reinstate the entire state highway coastal route to Kaikoura.
  • $22m to build key cycleways in the Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions.
  • 9 more towns in the region to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 23,500 people in places like Motueka, Picton, Renwick and Ruby Bay.
  • We’re standing beside those affected by the Kaikoura earthquake, including $5.7m for the dredging of Kaikoura Harbour and $18.3m for business and tourism support packages.


  • 15,000 children in 46 schools in Nelson Marlborough benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 97.9% of young children in Nelson-Marlborough participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 86.7% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 in Nelson-Marlborough, an increase of 8 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 101 more 18-year-olds.
  • We’re investing $8m in building 20 new classrooms at seven schools in Nelson and Marlborough.


  • 22,200 children in Nelson-Marlborough benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 480 more patients a year in Nelson-Marlborough receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 27,200 60 to 74-year-olds in Nelson-Marlborough will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of around 1,200 deaths each year.
Nelson Marlborough DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 200 doctor full-time equivalents and over 590 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Nelson Marlborough DHB. That’s over 50 more doctors and 90 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Nelson Marlborough DHB will receive an extra $16 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $444 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $97 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the the Nelson Marlborough DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 4%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 13%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 13%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 21%.

Making a Difference

  • 1,212 people in Nelson-Marlborough helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 34,831 businesses and homes in Nelson-Marlborough now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand
  • $13m for the country’s first-ever hatchery specially designed for mussels in Nelson, which opened in 2015, and aims to generate economic benefits of $81m.
  • We’re investing $12.5m in a new wine research institute in Marlborough to support the growth and continued success of the industry.

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