How the Government's tracking on its 100-day plan

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern one whole month ago.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern one whole month ago. Photo credit: Getty

The Government is going all out to tick off all 17 goals on its 100-day plan.

A hundred days. Just over three months. It sounds like plenty of time until you blink and realise a month has passed since the Government was sworn in. They have until February 3.

Jacinda Ardern sworn in as Prime Minister on October 26, 2017.
Jacinda Ardern sworn in as Prime Minister on October 26, 2017. Photo credit: Getty

The 100-day plan makes for a tidy way to keep an eye on the Government's progress, and it seemed popular with voters prior to the election. But it does mean the Government needs to move quickly and mistakes could be made in the rush toward the somewhat arbitrary, self-imposed deadline.

Some of the goals will reshape New Zealand, like paid parental leave, fee-free tertiary study and legalising access to medicinal cannabis.

Here's how the Government is tracking on its 100-day plan. 

1. Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018.

Imminent. The minister's been saying students should plan study under the assumption their first year of fees will be free in 2018.

The Minister of Education says the same: "Students should plan in expectation that the first year of tertiary education will be fees free in 2018."

2. Increase student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week from January 1, 2018.

Done. Labour has officially announced the increase and doesn't need to pass any legislation to bring the changes into effect.

Government boosts student allowances and loans by $50/week

3. Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, requiring all rentals to be warm and dry.


All rental properties will be required to meet minimum standards of ventilation, insulation, heating and moisture control. These standards will likely be set and enforced in the next 18 months.

4. Ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses.

Work in progress. The Government has announced how they will do this, but the legislation may not be passed until Parliament resumes in the new year.

5. Issue an instruction to Housing New Zealand to stop the state house sell-off.

Work in progress. This sounds simple, but Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office says the details are "being worked through" and it's on-track to be announced within the 100-day timeframe.

6. Begin work to establish the Affordable Housing Authority and begin the KiwiBuild programme.

Work in progress. Mr Twyford is working on the policy, with the first steps "to be announced within first 100 days."

7. Legislate to pass the Families Package, including the Winter Fuel Payment, Best Start and increases to paid parental leave (PPL), to take effect on 1 July 2018.

In progress. PPL legislation has passed and new parents will be entitled to 26 weeks of paid leave from 2020.

There's been barely a whisper about the rest of the families package, but the Prime Minister says announcements are coming.

8. Set up a ministerial Inquiry in order to fix our mental health crisis.

No announcements have been made, but Health Minister David Clark's office says "progress continues to be made."

9. Introduce legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain.

No announcements have been made on this, either.

There is already Medical Cannabis Legislation before the House - introduced by the Greens' Julie-Anne Genter, but there's no word yet on whether the Government will write its own legislation instead. If so, it would be tight to get it through select committee within the deadline.

10. Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to help safeguard the provision of universal superannuation at age 65.

Expected. This is expected to be announced before the end of the year in the half-year fiscal update.

11. Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and to change the Public Finance Act so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty.

To be announced. This one is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's responsibility - she is Minister for Child Poverty Reduction.

12. Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from April 1, 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.

Underway. Workplace Minister Iain Lees-Galloway's office says the Prime Minister's and Deputy Prime Minister's offices are working on the legislation and it will be introduced early next year before the 100 days are up.

13. Establish the tax working group.

Before Christmas. The tax working group has a chair - Sir Michael Cullen - and has been given its objectives, but the rest of the group hasn't been appointed. The Government says the group's first meeting will be before February.

14. Establish the Pike River Recovery Agency and assign a responsible Minister.

Done, kind of. Cabinet has given sign off for Andrew Little, the Minister in charge, to establish the agency, it won't actually be set up until the end of January.

15. Set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

In progress. The office of the Minister for Children Tracey Martin says it hopes to have an announcement in a couple of weeks.

16. Hold a Clean Waters Summit on cleaning up our rivers and lakes.

Scrapped. This is no longer a goal for the Government, as New Zealand First opposes a water tax, essentially rendering a summit pointless.

Instead, the Government has a new goal - to pass a waka-jumping bill - which is part of Labour's coalition deal with New Zealand First.

17. Set the zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up the independent Climate Commission.

In progress. This is the only 100-day goal in the hands of the Green Party.

James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, has announced the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Shaw says announcements can be expected "soon" on both a Zero Carbon Act to back up the goal and on setting up the independent Climate Commission.