The Prime Minister started the year by telling New Zealand that 2019 would be the "year of delivery" but there is another phrase that has become much more synonymous with this Government.

"Nine years of neglect."

If you follow politics even remotely, chances are you've heard at least one Government Minister wheel out these four words.


It has become the Government's go-to defence when its back is against the wall on any given issue.

In question time today, for example, it was used as an excuse in six separate questions.

Phil Twyford used it when talking about the regulatory