The Government’s new 36-point to-do list, released this morning, includes 12 pledges to “take decisions” on various topics. But what does that mean to the prime minister?

Christopher Luxon’s business-like language has continued since he made the move from CEO to politician – and his approach to the job of PM looks set to include business-like quarterly plans.

The plan through to June 30 includes one promise to “raise the energy”, relating to New Zealand’s key foreign relationships. Other goals involve setting targets, progressing or introducing legislation, and more.

But on Breakfast this morning, Luxon was asked specifically about the 12 points that open with a vow to “take decisions”.

“If you think about it, in our last 100 day plan, we had very bespoke actions,” he said, pointing to the “clear” and “clean” ban on cellphones in schools. “That’s been a good decision… but then there have been other, bigger topics like RMA reform.

“When we’ve got bigger topics like that, I want to break them down and actually put the decisions into quarters.

“It’s important that, every quarter, we’re moving things forward.

“So even if you’ve got a big topic like RMA reform, it’s important that we chunk down, what are the actual tasks that are going to happen in next 13 weeks?”

Asked how the “take decisions” goal could be measured, Luxon pointed to Cabinet decisions.

“That’s exactly what we mean,” he explained.

“We’re locking on our course of action, we’ve actually considered the issue, we’ve taken advice on the issue, this is how the proposal’s gonna shape up, we’re moving it forward – so that the next quarter and the quarter after that, we’re continuing to get it actually closer to implementation for people.”

What the coalition Government plans to “take action” on between April 1 and June 30

  • Take decisions to implement the Going for Housing Growth plan while making the MDRS optional for councils.
  • Take decisions on measures to increase investment in renewable electricity generation.
  • Take decisions on the scope of the extension to the Covid-19 inquiry.
  • Take decisions on reform of the Holidays Act.
  • Take decisions on the removal of the ban on offshore oil and gas exploration.
  • Take decisions to restore Three Strikes.
  • Take decisions on establishing a Youth Serious Offender Category and making Youth Military Academies a standalone sentencing option for the Youth Court.
  • Take decisions on the rollout of structured literacy for year 1-3 students, including a phonics check.
  • Take decisions to disestablish Te Pūkenga and consult on a proposed replacement model.
  • Take decisions to streamline the Medsafe approval process.
  • Take decisions to tighten controls on youth vaping.
  • Take decisions on the repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act.

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