Jacinda Ardern's COVID-19 recovery plan lashed as undeliverable, visionless

Opposition parties National and ACT say Jacinda Ardern's leader's speech to the Labour congress on Sunday lacked vision - and the only thing that will actually be delivered is more tax.

Speaking in Wellington on Sunday, the Prime Minister said her five-point plan for New Zealand's post-COVID-19 economic recovery would put people first.

"It's about investing in our people, it's about jobs, preparing for our future, supporting our small businesses, entrepreneurs and job creators and positioning ourselves globally," she said.

"Our immediate response has been to support our people, and invest in them. But as we move to recover and rebuild, we must also grow and create jobs, but not just any jobs, but the kind that supports the investment we are making in infrastructure, the environment, and our future."

For Ardern's full speech click here.

But National leader Todd Muller said Ardern's promises today are "just more KiwiBuild".

"Labour promised three years ago to 'Let's do this' and hasn't done any of it," he said.

"Today's so-called economic plan will go in the same rubbish bin as its KiwiBuild plan, its light rail plan, its mental health plan and its child poverty plan.

"Promising and not delivering to New Zealand's most vulnerable people is not kind - it's cruel."

Muller said the only thing Labour will deliver after the election is "more tax for you to pay".

"You cannot afford three more years of Labour, you need a strong National Government to deliver more jobs, a better economy and a better life for you, your family, and your community," he said.

And ACT leader David Seymour called it a missed opportunity to set a vision for how New Zealand would emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis.

"Despite being in Government with the enormous resources of Treasury and the Ministry of Health, Labour is not answering fundamental questions about debt and global reconnection," he said in a statement.

"Cleaning up rivers is a nice and probably worthwhile thing to do, but it is a sideshow in the context of the economic challenge New Zealand is facing."

Instead, Seymour said the Government should have talked about investing in smarter public health, reforming the RMA, dealing to red tape and regulation, and removing barriers to foreign investment.

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