Jacinda Adern exposed

With seven months to go before the national election, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern’s, hold on power is looking increasing insecure after a series of broken election promises:

Three years ago, Ardern was elected on a promise to “transform” New Zealand in the most exciting vote the country had seen in decades…

Ardern’s Labour coalition government promised to combat growing inequality, tackle climate change and address the housing crisis…

The latest Colmar Brunton poll has National polling ahead of Labour at 46%, with Ardern’s party at 41%…

Anu Kaloti, 51, of Auckland, campaigns on behalf of migrant workers… [says] he is disappointed by its performance and says Ardern’s status as an international humanitarian is not translating into better lives for Kiwis at home.

“After 15 March she has become an icon internationally, and that’s all very well, we feel proud of that, but what kind of delivery are we getting domestically?” Kaloti says. “I feel disillusioned. While it looks really good internationally, I’m seeing that as good marketing. We need more at home. There’s responsibilities here”…

Political commentator Bryce Edwards believes the Labour coalition government has not proved to voters that it is radically different from the previous National party government, despite its promises.

“Delivery has been the biggest issue for this government. They have failed on delivering on their big promises of inequality and housing,” Edwards says. “Labour may struggle to mobilise their fanbase come the next election; people are beginning to suspect this government is more interested in style over substance. And the gloss has definitely come off Ardern”…

The government’s flagship housing policy, KiwiBuild, has been a disaster, with just 286 affordable homes built in over a year when the target was 100,000 in a decade, and many sit empty and unsold in wealthy resort towns where there was no demand for them.

Restrictive and time-consuming building regulations, the high cost of land and a shortage of skilled labourers also contributed to the failure of the scheme. The high cost of the homes billed as “affordable” also turned off people, with two-bedroom homes going for upwards of NZ$500,000.

The broken election promises of Jacinda Adern are hiding in plain sight.

In the lead-up to the September 2017 election, Labour announced an excellent housing platform that promised to address both supply and demand distortions via negative gearing reform, banning foreign buyers of existing homes, tighter capital gains taxes, removal of urban growth boundaries, plus bond financing for infrastructure.

Labour also promised to reduce immigration by around a third, which would have helped to relieve chronic housing and infrastructure pressures (especially around Auckland), as well as promised to build 100,000 public houses over a decade (named ‘KiwiBuild’).

Sadly, on all almost key areas, Labour has either abandoned these reforms or failed miserably, proving that it is not serious about addressing housing affordability.

For instance, Labour’s promised ‘KiwiBuild’ program to build 100,000 public houses has descended into a farce, with the government abandoning its building target and instead announcing a bunch of demand-side measures that will inflate prices.

Labour abandoned capital gains tax reforms and has back-slid on its promise to abolish Auckland’s urban growth boundary and reform infrastructure financing.

Labour has also abandoned its promised immigration cuts, instead opening the visa sluice gates.

Accordingly, New Zealand house prices have surged to an all-time high and the home ownership rate has cratered to a 70-year low.

It’s clear Ardern betrayed her most central election commitments.

History never repeats but it sure does rhyme.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. I don’t understand all this criticism. Didn’t she wear a headscarf once. Isn’t that what we all want?

  2. does anyone in this world still believes in election promises?
    relative to election promises santa and fairy tales are super real

    • Apparently people have the memory of a goldfish, even otherwise highly intelligent ones.
      Either that or ideological belief in representative democracy blinds them to reality.

      • China is allowed to ban class A share ownership to foreigners.
        Vast numbers of countries restrict property ownership by Australians and westerners in general.
        Israel gives rights and preferential treatment to one religious group – Islamic countries do the same.
        The UK just left the EU based mainly upon issues related to uncontrolled immigration a lack of cultural security.
        Barcellona is wanting to leave Spain for a lack of cultural security.
        The Gilet Jaune are a working class uprising in France – not that it is reported in the western media in case the idea catches on.
        Sweden, The Netherlands and Denmark (once the hallmark of tolerance) have changed their immigration policy all but publicly admitting that it has been a disaster for their culture and values.
        Bernie Sanders (that well known fascist and racist!) openly states that a nation state must protect its own and reject the Koch Brothers proposal of open borders. He is totally uninhibited by the wage crushing agenda behind it.

        And on and on it goes…..

        The common issue is that those ‘globalists’ running western countries who don’t protect their people, end up with overinflated asset prices, a working poor, inflation that pushes locals into ghettos and the cultural destruction of the working and middle class values that breeds significant and lasting tensions – and unlimitedly violence.

        Australia has long been on this course. Neither the LNP, ALP or even the unions are prepared to sand up for the nation state – and everyone knows it. They have played the globalist identity game each for different motivations.

        If you kick the can down the road long enough, eventually you run out of road. That’s where Australia is now.

      • This is 99% correct.

        The 1% disagreement I have is that I think we haven’t run out of road. Loads of room for things to get much worse. Watch out for the next can kick.

    • Election promises are as valid as ever provided they don’t threaten the twin sacred cows of the population ponzi and protecting housing bubbles. If you ever see an election promise related to those two you instantly know it’s a smoke and mirrors fix at best, outright lies at worst.

  3. She spends most of her time overseas, promoting herself and doing everything she can to get a UN role like her mentor Helen Clark. Including agreeing to give the UN $1.4 BILLION every year! She has very little interest in New Zealanders other than whether or not hugging them will get her more media coverage.
    She is NZ’s version of Princess Diana. Which she mistakenly thinks is sufficient “leadership”, and it might have been if the rest of her motley crew had half a brain cell between them to actually run the country and deliver on what they promised.
    But the real kicker is that not only has she not solved the housing crisis (which was limited to being able to afford to buy one when she took office) she has made it even worse, because now NZ has a rental housing crisis as well, as the number of people who cannot find a place to rent and who have ended up on the public housing waiting list has quadrupled in 2 years. Meanwhile, spending $100m in the last 9 months to house people in motels – equivalent to the tax savings she achieved from banning negative gearing. Oh the irony LOL

  4. John Howards Bowling Coach

    I am interested to see if they do actually vote her out. On the other side of the fence National also should get their act together and put up something meaningful to the people of NZ, not just be a different version of the LNP in Australia, believing they are born to rule and waiting on the sidelines with nothing more than the same nation destroying policies they’ve been working to for half a century.

  5. Isn’t the NZ Labour party in a coalation with NZ First? What was their role in these failed promises? I think there’s plenty of blame to be spread around here. Why lump it all on one person?

  6. I don’t think many people have favourite politicians, people generally vote for the least worst. I don’t think PMs have all that much power. The article had no analysis of why the election promises were not implemented. It would be good to now who voted for what.