04 November 2011
Key Notes: Building a Brighter Future

This issue of Key Notes is devoted to policy initiatives we're highlighting as Campaign 2011 gets underway. On 26 November, voters have a clear choice. By giving your party vote to National you're voting for a strong, stable government that will deliver a brighter future.


It's about a week since the election campaign started and I've been busy explaining National's plan to build a brighter future for families and the country.

On 26 November, voters have a clear choice. By giving your party vote to National you're voting for a strong, stable government that will deliver a brighter future.

In this issue of Key Notes, I talk about some of our policies so far.  

Check out National's election videos here.       


I launched National's fiscal policy on Monday. We have a straightforward and comprehensive plan to build a more competitive economy. 

We're balancing the books sooner by getting back to surplus in three years. That means less debt and lower interest rates for households and businesses. We're also creating incentives for people to work hard, save and get ahead, through changes to tax and welfare. And we're building better roads, broadband and other infrastructure so businesses can grow.

Read my speech on the economy here.   


Today I announced the first part of National's law and order policy, which puts a stronger emphasis on victims. We'll double the penalties for breaches of protection orders, fund security improvements for the homes of family violence victims and continue to improve services for victims.

Click here to view our law and order policy for victims.  


At the National Party campaign launch on Sunday I announced we'll set up a Future Investment Fund with the proceeds from the mixed ownership model. We'll put $1 billion from that fund into modernising and transforming schools. This is part of our plan to build better public services and create 21st-century schools across the country.

Read my speech on our policy to transform schools here.


National is improving the welfare system to encourage more people into work. On Tuesday in Hamilton I announced the Government's next steps, which include replacing current benefits with three new ones - Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support and Supported Living Payment. The welfare system will always be there to support those who cannot work, but National believes that anybody who can work should be required to look for a job.

Read my speech on our welfare changes here


In Tauranga on Wednesday I announced the next steps in National's plan to streamline and simplify the Resource Management Act. This includes a new six-month time limit on processing consents for medium-sized projects. Sensible management of our resources is critical to protecting our environment and building a stronger economy with more real jobs.

Click here to view National's resource management policy.


National's employment relations policy brings better balance to labour market rules. It encourages growth, creates jobs and protects workers' rights. One of the changes we will bring in is a starting-out wage for young first-time workers.

Click here to view National's employment relations policy.


Yesterday I announced the Government is boosting investment in the science sector. The high-tech manufacturing and services sectors have great potential, but need more support to grow, increase exports, and ramp up productivity. That's why we're transforming Industrial Research Limited into an advanced technology institute, which will focus on industry development.


Check out all the policies we've announced so far at:  

Best wishes,

John Key
Prime Minister


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#1 - Corinna Marsters said:
2011-11-04 14:44 - (Reply)

"BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE" excellent idea so why are you removing the funding for the learning support classes???

#1.1 - Emma Hannent 2011-11-10 14:03 - (Reply)

I wholeheartedly agree Corinna - it is a wonderful idea to have itinerant RTLB teachers to help meet the needs of children that deserve some focused help in achieving in mainstream education, but PLEASE do not think for even a minute that closing the learning support classes to pay for this is anything other than a VERY uneducated decision.

#2 - r.barker 2011-11-04 18:02 - (Reply)

I am very have had 3 years and done very little except sack innocent public servants, disabled included. 2000 workers gone,more to go, cost 80mil salaries, 5 days of English's borrowing, real cost lives shattered, homes lost, inexcusable carnage. its not about economics at any cost, wake up and see the damage youve done..damned if i will vote for you.

#2.1 - JO 2011-11-07 17:07 - (Reply)

Better than Labour blowing a 4 billion dollar surplus in their last term.

#3 - Alan Baker 2011-11-04 21:22 - (Reply)

Pensioners have heard that you may cut their free bus fares and could decide to give their party vote to NZ first. Is this what you want?

#4 - Anthony Mallon 2011-11-05 07:08 - (Reply)

Please dont sell the state owned companies,every time it has happened in NZ history it has been a disaster...Kiwi rail and Air NZ to name two Please dont sell

#5 - Viv Willis 2011-11-05 09:47 - (Reply)

It is hard to believe John Key's positive spin on the future of our economy. We are a small business faced with an $8k increase in insurance premiums this year. This increase has come from EQC and is only just hitting the desks of Insurance Companies and Brokers, so many businesses will not yet be aware what is coming their way. For us this means our profit is gone. We cannot recoup these costs from customers in our industry (accommodation). I believe many other businesses will pass this cost increase on to customers and the rate of inflation will increase dramatically. "Get Real" is what I want to say to John Key - I will not be voting for any other party on the strength of this because I believe National should be in charge at the moment, but would seriously like to know what they think about this incredibly difficult situation for small businesses.

#6 - Ross Prichard 2011-11-05 09:47 - (Reply)

Hi John, Keep up the good wwork. We appreciate you. Please remind voters that we are not selling assets! We are releasing 49% of the value of state owned assets for public investment and retaining 51% controlling interest so nothing leaves home. So many people are confused about the phrase "Asset Sale". Regards, Ross.

#7 - Jenny Robertson 2011-11-05 10:09 - (Reply)

I have 2 things to decuss; 1/ is the asset revenue gathering of the labour party..That is awful. 2/ Creating jobs..Self employment is a must..

#8 - John Obrien 2011-11-05 10:25 - (Reply)

Please encourage National voters to vote and not become complacent because of good polling. Thanks John

#9 - merilyn Maguire 2011-11-05 12:43 - (Reply)

I think welfare reform is great. As a young married coup[le years ago we had to limit our family as we couldnt afford any more and now my family pay big taxes to support those who can have as many children as they like, while they too limit there family. If single people choose to have childre they can either work as many married mothers have to or their parents who obv havent taught them about birth control can support them

#10 - John Finch said:
2011-11-05 13:09 - (Reply)

I have Just recieved comformation of a successful Public Private partnership Yes? I have orthotics made at Dunedin hospital. In January A high tec pair cost 15 dollars. Orthotics was taken over by a private company recently. Price for a low tec simple pair(I was told on the day the first pair was free) Just recieved a bill for 37.00 DOLLARS. Will the same happen to our electricity? You can bet on it....

#11 - Debbie Booth 2011-11-05 19:44 - (Reply)

Fantastic Stuff National, you will be getting my vote. I am very impressed with the Solo Mother system you will be putting in place,

#12 - Janette Perrett 2011-11-06 13:01 - (Reply)

You have not once mentioned our environment, our 'world' which doesn't seem to be as important to our politicians as it does to us. We are only care takers on this earth and we are making a mess of it. Where will we be without fresh water, and clean air? Our species will not survive.We cannot control mother earth - nature always has the final word. Please begin planning the type of earth we all wish to leave to our grandchildren. Money is nothing if there is no food and water for them to consume!!We are blessed with a bountiful and beautiful land, unique in many ways. Time is running out!

#13 - Jean Lenoir said:
2011-11-06 13:05 - (Reply)

Dear Mr Key, I happened to learn yesterday that my new resident visa gives me the right to vote. I will vote then on the basis of what appears to be a realistic plan for the future in a very difficult and unstable world. However I wish to point out that the debt level should in no case increase and furthermore I deem that provisional funds for events and unforeseen circumstances should be launched years after years in order not to overcharge the budget of NZ. Thank you very much for attention Jean LENOIR

#14 - Rajah Perera 2011-11-06 19:38 - (Reply)

Support for vitims is ok for the present. More importantly what are you doing to prevent the little scallivags who are growing up without proper parental care to become future criminals. Small crimes all round the country are promoting the growth of the future large time crims.

#15 - Stuart Roberts 2011-11-07 09:08 - (Reply)

Just stick to policy and facts, John. Do not resort to the personal attacks and gutter politics of the left. I made up my mind how I was going to vote 9 years ago and nothing has happened since then that will make me change my mind. Bring on 26th November and the end of the Labour Party!

#16 - mike 2011-11-07 09:22 - (Reply)

Perhaps you can comment on the Labour CGT proposal that a very small proportion of New Zealanders (they say 1%) will contribute 60% of CGT. This means ONE percent of NZers will earn 100 Billion Capital Gains over the period stated. Sounds "pie in the sky" to me4

#17 - Nancy 2011-11-08 16:03 - (Reply)

I have knowledge of a 40+ yr old male with no medical reasons for not working. He shares equal custody of a 12.5 yr old child on a weekly basis. He has been on DPB for over 6 yrs. WINZ have been unsuccessful in getting him into work and off benefit. Removal of his benefit is the only answer. Is your Govt. prepared to take this step? Secondly, he receives Child Support payments from the child's mother. These are crippling and quite unreasonable given that they share EQUAL custody. I would like your assurance that you will also be looking at the formula for assessing Child Support payments so they are more sympathetic towards the parent making the paments.

#18 - Agatha Nicol said:
2011-11-08 18:44 - (Reply)

I have been voting for National since the days of Shane Arden and living in Te Kuiti and when I moved back to West Auckland I started voting for John Key for MP of Helensville because he believed in his policies with such conviction and even then had a vision that I could see would one day make him Prime Minister. Your self belief and your continued conviction that your policies will carry this country through the hard times is a testament not only to yourself but your family and friends and the obvious support they give you. Now is not the time to be mamby pamby to the masses just keep being transparent and the real go getters of this country will see through all the political mud slinging and will vote for the party that'll have the kahunas to do what's right for this country.

#19 - Calvin 2011-11-08 20:39 - (Reply)

I would like to raise a comment about the video about labour party's solo mum beneficiary policy. I understand that helping these people in poverty is extremely important, it is a humanity and social responsible to do so to help people that are less fortunate than the average people. However, I feel like the Labour policy is encouraging these "beneficiary" people to have more kids, because the more kids you have, the more money you get from the social Ministry which. It gives more reasonable ground for these beneficiary to say they can't work, they have high expenses. The policy is not sustainable for the country if the family itself can't grow their own kids up. When these so -called poverty kids grow up, they need education/training etc, and because their parent are incapable of giving their kids a good role model, they are really rare to feel graceful and appreciate on what the society had contribute. Therefore, I believe the reasonable basic social welfare is necessary however, don't you think we need to restricted them on certain of level, like how much kids they should have? If they have already struggling to have 1 or 2 children, why still bother to have 8 EIGHT children when most modern working class family only have 1 or 2 children.

#20 - ange 2011-11-09 18:09 - (Reply)

My son is eight and at Frimley School Hastings there are 33 students in his class. This is to many...

#21 - Livvy 2011-11-10 06:56 - (Reply)

Yes, Eurozone countries are explicitly being seen by our knowing observers as 'worn out welfare' systems. Overburdened social policy spending just in the last 3 years helped cripple those nations economic recovery for too long against the good of private sector. All, in reality. But this government's labor, early education, retirement and savings economic policies are clearly of a very good light. Effectively, all healthy children grow up needing the promise of parents with ongoing work development for the right track. Restricting childbirth is an idea that breaks down family in society and brings with that more unwanted abortions creating trauma for healthy motherhood. Neither of which this government would be want to be responsible for, I believe.

#22 - Stuart Roberts 2011-11-16 08:30 - (Reply)

Go the Nats, and don't take advice from the Labour Party, the Greens, or the media!

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