In post-COVID New Zealand support for Kiwis to retain or regain employment will be vital. New Zealand First has always believed in the safety net of social welfare but also understands the desire of all Kiwis to have the mana of honest employment. Some members of our society will require more support than others to gain and retain employment – we need a system that acknowledges that and has the levers to provide that support locally. New Zealand First also recognises that members of our disabled community want to work and so we will provide better support to both the employer and employee to realise this aspiration. 


  • Negotiate for the full reinstatement of the 90 day trial programme or at least expand its reach to more small businesses. 
  • Re-establish Careers New Zealand as a separate entity but widen its target demographic to cover all New Zealanders regardless of age – currently no agency has responsibility for careers advice after secondary school – Careers New Zealand would assume this responsibility
  • Extend funding and professional development around career advice and job transition for librarians across New Zealand so they can better support their community, regardless of age or employment status, with employment and training advice
  • Enhance local workforce development councils and industry workforce planning to better target financial support for on and off job training
  • Through greater focus on and investment in both local and nationwide skills needs minimise the importation of labour
  • Streamline and target apprenticeship financial support to ensure a continual stream of skilled workers in New Zealand key industries as these change and grow to minimise reliance on imported skilled workers
  • Reinstate Workbridge as the primary employment agency for Kiwis who are differently abled and resource them to provide the appropriate level of pastoral support to both the employee and employer
  • Ensure the support put in place for the “newly unemployed” due to COVID-19 continue in both urban and rural communities to address the change in the future of work identified pre-COVID
  • Actively set up a seniors employment plan and support uptake of the employers toolkit for nature workers