Nostradamus posted this last night
“I’ve also posted this at Kiwiblog.
It’s been two years since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s Prime Minister … To mark the anniversary, Ms Ardern was challenged to cram what she said were some of her key achievements into what was meant to be a two-minute Facebook video … but which ended up going 56 seconds over.
As a service for YSB readers, I’ve transcribed what she said were some of her key achievements:
We’ve created 92,000 jobs. We’ve built more than 2,200 state houses. We’ve banned offshore speculators. We’ve planted 140 million trees. We’ve got better cancer care through radiation machines, Pharmac funding, and created essential cancer agency. We’ve delivered cheaper doctor’s visits for over 500,000 people. We’re taking mental health seriously with mental health advisers in GPs and doctors clinics across the country. We’ve increased minimum wage to $17.70. We’ve hired 2,000 more doctors and nurses. We’re building more classrooms in schools for 100,000 students. We’ve brought unemployment to the lowest rate in 11 years. We’ve got the highest increase in wages in a decade. We’ve helped one million Kiwis pay their bills with the winter energy payment. We’ve boosted incomes for 384,000 families through the families package. We’ve increased school funding so parents don’t have to pay school donations and NCEA fees. We’re breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence with massive boosts in funding. We’ve deployed 1,607 new police officers. We’ve made state highways safer. We’ve banned single-use plastic bags. We’ve started the clean-up job on our rivers and lakes through planting trees and fencing waterways. We’ve supported young people into training and apprenticeships. We’ve introduced a free lunches in schools programme. We’ve provided more funding for addiction treatment, beds and services. We’re paying teachers, nurses, and police officers more. We’ve resumed contributions to the super fund. We’ve set standards for rental homes. We’ve extended paid parental leave. We’ve ramped up the research, development, and tax incentives. We’re helping homeless individuals into homes through Housing First. We’ve banned military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. We’ve introduced the Zero Carbon Bill. We’ve started fixing run-down hospitals. We’ve invested in public transport, extended nurses in schools to cover decile 4 and 5 secondary schools for almost 30,000 extra students. We’ve passed the Child Poverty Reduction Act and have lifted between 50,000 and 70,000 children out of poverty. We’ve provided the first funding increase in 10 years to early childhood education. We’ve banned smoking in cars with children. We began the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in Care of Faith-based Institutions. We’ve set up a Suicide Prevention Office and developed a suicide prevention strategy. We’ve created Mana Ake, putting mental health support in every primary and intermediate school in Christchurch and Kaikoura. We gave families an extra $3,000 a year for the first year of a child’s life. We’ve boosted funding for air ambulances. We lifted the cap on gender reassignment surgery. We’ve banned microbeads. We’ve boosted funding for KiwiRail. We’ve reduced the prison population for the first time in a decade. We established Te Arawhiti, the Office for Maori-Crown Relations, to make the Crown a better Treaty partner. We increased New Zealand’s refugee quota. We’re leading on the Christchurch Call to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. And we’re making sure New Zealand history is taught in all schools and kura.
This will keep the fact checkers busy!