The National Party’s big-ticket item was promising $10.5 billion for 10 new major highways. It also announced extending $18 doctor visits to an additional 600,000 lower-income people and expanding access to the community services card. There was $120 million pledged for a new Christchurch stadium and $3m to boost teacher numbers through a bonus scheme for new teachers and by attracting overseas talent.
Jacinda Ardern’s big move was to rule out an income tax increase. Labour was also all about health and transport — promising to spend $20m on a regional rapid rail plan to establish a passenger service between Auckland, Hamilton and Rotorua, and pledging $259m a year so that half of all New Zealanders will pay $8 or less to go to the doctor.
And more transport from the Greens — this time a promise for a $630-$700m light rail linking Wellington's central train station to the airport by 2027. The Greens also pledged to provide free buses, trains and commuter ferries for all students and people under 19 around New Zealand as part of its Green Card policy, which would cost up to $80m a year. And they would build a congestion-free network in Auckland using $1.8b from deferring an east-west highway through Auckland's industrial belt.