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PM's policy plan for State of the Nation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017
English will address National Party faithful in Auckland on Thursday with his plans for the year-ahead. © AAP Image English will address National Party faithful in Auckland on Thursday with his plans for the year-ahead.

Bill English is expected to announce at least one new policy in his first State of the Nation speech as prime minister.

He will address National Party faithful in Auckland on Thursday with his plans for the year-ahead.

That year looks set to be a busy one with Mr English hoping to lead National to a fourth term in government in the September 23 general election.

National struggled with voter turnout in the Mt Roskill by-election, where they grew their party vote but lost to Labour, but Mr English believes "good policy" will get voters to the polling booths later this year.

He's not hinted at what area the policy announcement might be in, but did suggest there may be more than one proposal announced.

"I'm not going to be giving a State of the Nation address that's about the vibe," he said, criticising Labour and the Greens who did not make any policy announcements in their first ever joint address on Sunday.

"It's actually going to be about policy proposals that impact the community ... and we think that'll get (voters) out."

Labour and the Green Party focused on their inspiration for fighting the election battle in their address in Auckland.

Labour leader Andrew Little drew on his battle with prostate cancer when vowing to reverse health cuts and talked about his teenage son's future when declaring the need to create a better future for the next generation of Kiwis.

Green co-leader Metiria Turei praised the "fierce women" who inspire her and called on the government to double the refugee quota.

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