1 Oct 2023

Election 2023: All the latest developments on 1 October

6:31 pm on 1 October 2023

Labour has released its manifesto and is promising free hours of maths and literacy for school students.

On international diplomacy, it says if in government would officially recognise the State of Palestine and "invite the head of the general delegation of Palestine to present their credentials as an Ambassador to New Zealand".

The manifesto also promises to grow wages and reduce inflation.

On transport, it said it would progress the rapid transit projects under development in Wellington and Christchurch, Auckland Light Rail, the Northwestern and Eastern Busways, and the Alternative Waitematā Harbour Crossing.

In response, National Party campaign chair Chris Bishop called Labour's manifesto a "failure of the last six years".

"A government that promised to build Light Rail by 2021 but hasn't delivered a single metre of track.

"This is a government that promised to get the books in shape but is now spending $1 billion more every week with debt set to blow out to $104b."

Bashing Labour on housing, benefits, education and health fronts, Bishop said New Zealand "cannot afford another three years of a high spending and high taxing Labour, Greens and Te Pati Māori government".

National released its plan of what it would do in its first 100 days in government, if elected.

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