Strengthening Communities

New Zealand First believes in the strength of family and community. Over the last 30 years early support for families and communities has been systematically eroded by Government policies. We believe in sustainably resourcing those in the Community and Voluntary Sector so that they are able to offer assistance early to those in need. New Zealand First believes that by investing in prevention and early intervention – “front end the spend” that we will be able to start to turn down some of the negative statistics we lead the world in (family violence, sexual violence and child abuse). New Zealand First wants our nation to be a home owning nation again, we want our families to be able to purchase a home and the security that provides.

Policies

  • Introduce the Children and Families Package (previously known as the Universal Family Benefit) by repurposing current spending and streamlining the system thereby also freeing up administration costs to reinvest in families
  • Introduce the ability of families to capitalise on their first child’s family benefit payments for the purchase of their first home
  • Shift all services for seniors out of WINZs office to newly created ‘Seniors Hubs’ in recognition that Superannuation is an entitlement not a benefit
  • Dedicate Housing New Zealand case managers to work with those in social housing to plan their way to home ownership 
  • Develop a Seniors Housing plan to address the increasing number of Seniors in rental accommodation and requiring Accommodation Supplement support
  • Fund pilot programmes such as Hokonui Huanui in Gore and the Wairoa Community Partnership Group to create resilient communities by providing prevention and early intervention services 
  • Resource the Minister of Community and Volunteer sector so that the Office of Community and Volunteer Sector can expand resilient communities throughout New Zealand
  • Look to implement the recommendations of the WEAG report around increasing financial support balanced with employment support that incorporates incentives for employers to take on trainees, apprentices and new employees
  • Resource and support better initiatives with those seeking employment through Work and Income New Zealand so that they all receive a Personalised Employment and Education Plan and support to achieve it – reducing their time on the benefit
  • Re-establish Workbridge as the leading employment agency for New Zealanders with a disability to provide greater support for both the employer and employee