LOLLY SCRAM­BLE

Herald on Sunday - - ON THE TRAIL -

Na­tional

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.

Labour

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.

Greens

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.

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