29 November 2013
Video: A Solo Mother's Story
This week I want to share a story with you from my recent visit to the Waitaki electorate. I met a young mum there who was on the benefit. I was inspired to find out how she had later made a positive change in not only her life, but in her daughter's life as well.
11 November 2013
Video: Five years in Government
Five years ago, a combination of the Global Financial Crisis and poor government-decision-making meant New Zealand was teetering.
The economy was in recession.
Government spending under Labour had risen by fifty per cent in five years.
Families were battling high inflation and mortgage rates of over 10 per cent.
One in five teenagers were leaving school unable to read and write properly.
Forecasts for unemployment were growing.
That was when voters turned to National.
New Zealanders wanted change.
They wanted greater security, and better prospects.
They wanted policies that they knew made economic sense.
The day after we were elected, we got to work.
And we haven’t stopped working since.
A Global Financial Crisis and devastating earthquakes would have knocked back the most robust of economies, and the most resilient of people.
But the Government and New Zealanders have persevered.
We have worked together and it’s that combination of effort and direction which has got us to the much stronger position we enjoy today.
New jobs are being created.
The economy is growing, and forecast to be among the top handful of countries for growth in the OECD.
Inflation is at record lows.
And so are mortgage interest rates.
The government is on track to surplus.
We’ve made big improvements to healthcare and education. More surgery is happening than ever before, and if you have children at primary school, under our government you are actually entitled to know how they’re going.
It’s taken five years to reach this point, and there is so much more improvement to come.
Our clear four-point plan is working.
We’re responsibly managing the government’s finances, because that’s our job.
We’re building a more competitive and productive economy, because that will provide more opportunities for job-seekers whether they’re just entering the workforce, or whether they’re gradually moving out of it. It will also provide more security for all of us, and our children.
We’re rebuilding Christchurch because it needs to be done.
And we’re delivering better public services, because you deserve better results from your taxes.
We know things are still tough for lots of people, but five years after we were first elected, the economy is in much better shape, prospects are good and the future is brighter.
Have a productive week.