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Congrats on raising the minimum wage John

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, February 8th, 2012 - 66 comments
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Shame you couldn’t raise it to a living one though.

The working poor will appreciate the extra $1000 per year coming this April, but it still won’t cover their bills…

I guess we’ll be aiming for $14 by the 2014 election.  Too little.

(But still, far better than the nineties Nats who didn’t raise it each year)

66 comments on “Congrats on raising the minimum wage John”

  1. james111 1

    Well done John most of the electorate knew aside from the Labour Party that $15 was never going to be a goer, and would have put many more of our youth on the Dole queues.

    When you dont know how to create business ,and only know how to add expense to business it makes it very hard to view any of Labours ideas for growing the economy with anything but sceptisism

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 1.1

      lol like James knows anything about business. Like Bill English has ever done anything but work for the taxpayer. I bet poor James doesn’t even know that we’ve slipped a place on the ease-of-doing business scale since 2008, from 2nd to 3rd.

      In fact, poor James doesn’t have the first idea about anything at all – who can forget how badly ignorant of Air New Zealand’s history he is, after he showed himself up the other day?

      James will now demonstrate this for you all…

    • Ianupnorth 1.2

      Go away james111 – you are simply a post and run troll. I’d love to see you try to exist on $14 per hour.

      • Craig Glen Eden 1.2.1

        I saw James on that TV show the other night “COME FLY WITH ME” Its about as real as James business knowledge and knowledge of Air New Zealand.

    • AAMC 1.3

      How to Save the Global Economy: Raise the Minimum Wage. A Lot.
      BY JAMES K. GALBRAITH

      “What would workers do with the raise? They’d spend it, creating jobs for other workers. They’d pay down their mortgages and car loans, getting themselves out of debt. They’d pay more taxes — on sales and property, mostly — thereby relieving the fiscal crises of states and localities. More teachers, police, and firefighters would keep their jobs. …”

      http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/03/7_raise_the_minimum_wage_a_lot

    • Daveosaurus 1.4

      Meanwhile, back in the real world, it was Labour that got people off the dole queues and now National’s putting them back on.

    • lefty 1.5

      James 111

      Why should taxpayers have to subsidise employers who won’t pay their workers enough to live on through Working for Families payouts?

      Bloody bludging employers ripping off those who create all wealth through their labour.

  2. Arandar 2

    When your ‘business’ can’t afford to pay its staff enough to live on and relies on the taxpayer to subsidize it, James, it isn’t a business at all – it’s a hobby.

    • aerobubble 2.1

      Cheap oil, easy credit, created an ‘activity’ economy, where crisis had tax payers subsidies thrown at them, and mistakes were opportunities to get loans and fix problems (with the kickback of a localize monopoly).

      Nolonger now its just one giant hobby economy where we package activity on top of the basics and over charge to the nth degree, it has nothing to do with capitalism of free markets, its just cronism.
      That happens naturally at the end of every boom period in evolution, the great culling of companies too smooth in their talk talk, easily irate in the face of gaming changing rules, and incapable of gathering the skill set for the new economy because it’s Greeny socialism.

    • Chris 2.2

      So exempt from tax then?

    • Olwyn 2.3

      +++ Well said Arandar.

  3. vto 3

    Is this what is called throwing the dog a bone?

    But yes, well done. Here’s to getting it up to a level that a man can keep a wife and family on…

    • The Baron 3.1

      Not sure that minimum wage policy is meant to be all about your sexist view of gender roles or a return to 1950s family life there vto, but don’t let me get in your way.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        1950’s family life. One bread winner who on a single income can feed the whole family, afford a full time stay at home parent for the children and save up a deposit on a house after just five or six years.

        • vto 3.1.1.1

          That’s it CV. Just couldn’t resist the temptation to speak in 1950’s speak. Kind of highlights what has been lost (in terms of the ability of one family to survive on one income).

        • passwordprotect 3.1.1.2

          By my rough calculations that would require a minimum wage of circa 35 an hour or 72k a year

          Doesnt sound that affordable or realistic given that would be a MINIMUM wage and presumably the average wage would be much higher!

          • felix 3.1.1.2.1

            Perfectly realistic given the enormous rise in productivity since the 1950s.

            The trouble is the productivity gains have gone exclusively into profits while wages have, in real terms, gone backwards.

            • Jenny 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Perfectly realistic given the enormous rise in productivity since the 1950s.

              The trouble is the productivity gains have gone exclusively into profits while wages have, in real terms, gone backwards.

              Felix

              Indeed Felix, from my calculations the percentage figure for productivity increase in this country since the 1950s is something north of 60%. (I am not sure of the actual figure because I have never seen it published anywhere. And it could in fact be much higher)

              Consider for a moment the changes since the ’50s

              In finance, in banking, in record keeping, in comparative studies and statistics – Today: Computerisation.

              Then: Hand written or typed Ledgers, mechanical calculators and some rare primitive tabulators.

              In construction, building, mining, transport-
              Today: hydraulic diggers, electric power tools, lasers. C.A.D.

              Then: Petrol driven bulldozers and steam powered diggers and rollers and steam trains, pick and shovel. Hand drawn plans and blueprints.

              In factories – Today: automated and robotised, CNCs and PLCs . All technologies unknown in the ’50s.

              Then: mass production, hi labour intensive repetitive mass human assembly based around the conveyor belt.

              In communications – Today: Satellites, fiber optics, cell phones the internet, photolithographic printing presses

              Then: Telephones, short wave radio, moveable lead letter printing presses T.V.

              In trade – Today: Containerisation, international high speed cheap mass Jet travel.

              Then: Steam trains, Steam ships, low speed expensive propeller driven air travel.

              Globally fewer workers are creating more wealth than ever before in human history. All those who say there is not enough surplus to pay, for health care, or pensions, or welfare, or climate change mitigation is a liar. Worse than that, they are criminal.

              These same criminals will argue for low wages to grab even more of the surplus of modern production for themselves.

              New Zealanders of the ’50s wouldn’t have put up with it.

              Why do we?

              • Oscar

                “Why do we?” Why indeed.

                The answer is probably along the lines of what that Ian guy on Nat Rad said the other night before Kerre Woodham cut him off…

                “The 4 million sheep in this country are blind to their own ignorance”

                • Jenny


                  We are not sheep. Anti-apartheid, anti-nuclear, anti-Vietnam war, anti-schedule 4, thoroughly prove that. New Zealanders care deeply and are often moved to action, sometimes heroic action.

                  So why do we put up with falling living standards while wealth creating productivity goes through the roof?

                  Because politicians and business leaders have abused our spirit of self sacrifice. “We” (not meaning them of course), “must all tighten our belts for the good of the country”, they say.

                  “You” (Not meaning them of course) “should not be greedy”, they say.

                  “Greed is good”, they like to say for themselves.

                  And so it has proven.

              • Draco T Bastard

                We’ve been told, for 30 odd years, that the market is always right and that people are where they are due to their own decisions and so most don’t really question why some people are rich and most others are in poverty. They don’t realise that the CEO of PoAL with his $750k salary takes $2k per year from every single worker there. Add in the directors and the cost per worker adds up to some serious cash.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2.2

            By my rough calculations that would require a minimum wage of circa 35 an hour or 72k a year

            It used to be done so why not now mate? Don’t you believe in ‘progress’?

            • passwordprotect 3.1.1.2.2.1

              I do CV I do…but realistic options only not pipe dreams…

              My calculations below show that to raise minimum wage to 35 an hour to meet your stated ‘aim’s’ (3.1.1) would cost NZ$100bn pa…circa 50% of our GDP. Where is this magic pot on money?

              ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

              Cost required to fund CV’s minimum wage that needs to be sufficient to:
              1. One bread winner who on a single income can feed the whole family, afford a full time stay at home parent for the children; and
              2. save up a deposit on a house after just five or six years

              Assumption 1: To support a family of four with one income to a ‘reasonable’ standard of living requires 60k a year.

              Assumption 2: Require a 50k deposit (500k house @ 10%) within 5 years – need to save 9k after tax a year (plus compound interest) – pre tax earnings of ~12k

              60 + 12k = 72k annual income requirement

              @ 52 weeks and 40 hours a week gives a per hour rate of $35

              Based on current min wage of $13.50, that is an increase of 21.50 per hour. Lets say is $20 an hour increase 🙂

              Presumably this will flow across all income levels – for example the guy that was on $15.50 before vs minimum wage of $13.50 is still going to demand (at least) a $2 differential in pay rates post the new minimum wage

              So 20 per hour increase (@ 52 weeks and 40 hours a week) across 2.5m workers is an increase in our annual nationwide wage / salary bill of NZ$104bn (circa half of our GDP)

    • Wonker 3.2

      Keep a wife on? Surely you jest – but 14k from WfF for a “man” on $13.5 an hour 40 hours a week (assuming 3 kids under 12) would go some way towards funding the 1950s nuclear family ideal.

  4. belladonna 4

    Shame those beneficiaries who, through no fault of their own get no assistance. They are the ones
    who are really suffering. Good though that the low income workers get a token amount of help.

  5. Uturn 5

    From The Herald site:

    “Wilkinson said the Government was advised raising the minimum wage would result in up to 6000 job losses.

    “The hospitality industry and retail industry are most affected by it and they will just employ less people or not take people on.”

    The priority was ensuring people had jobs, she said. ”

    No one questions this. Ever. I give up.

    • McFlock 5.1

      Because they don’t want to. Repeating the dire warning like a parrot sells more copy and serves their masters more effectively than pointing out that it’s a wet dream with little basis in fact and that the model applied to the Labour givt minimum wage bump assumes that youth unemployment would not have increased as we entered the GFC.
       
      It’s propoganda, and yet tories claim that the laws of economics are as immutable as the laws of physics.
      Alchemy, more like.

    • KJT 5.2

      Who do they think buys their products and services.

  6. fender 6

    Yes folks fifty cents an hour will give ya twenty bux extra for a fourty hour week. Poverty problem solved just like that, while the likes of Marryatt got something like thirty bux an hour increase!

  7. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7

    Raise it to $700 an hour. We’ll all be rich! Rich I tells ya!

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      No, we should drop it to 10c an hour. That way everyone can have a job!

      That seems to be the only aspect that Wilkinson is interested in:

      Wilkinson said the Government was advised raising the minimum wage would result in up to 6000 job losses.

      “The hospitality industry and retail industry are most affected by it and they will just employ less people or not take people on.”

      The priority was ensuring people had jobs, she said.

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.1.1

        I heard Russel Norman saying that people in Universities had proven that the level of the minimum wage had no effect on employment.

        My plan would therefore seem to be entirely without a flaw.

        • vto 7.1.1.1

          That’s a neat meeting in one of those non-euclidean geometries mr formless

        • burt 7.1.1.2

          The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell is right. We can’t have it both ways. Either lifting the minimum wage has an effect on employment or it doesn’t.

          So who’s Labour stupid enough to think lifting it to $700/hour wouldn’t put people out of work and create insane levels of inflation ?

          • felix 7.1.1.2.1

            “We can’t have it both ways. Either lifting the minimum wage has an effect on employment or it doesn’t. “

            Of course at the absurd extremes there’s a pronounced effect.

            But it’s not actually “having it both ways” to note the absurdity of both the $7000 figure and the 50c figure burt. It’s more “stating the bleeding obvious” really.

            An equally valid question is “why $13.50?”

            Surely that’s costing jobs too, right? Surely if the minimum wage was half that we’d have twice as many minimum wage jobs and eliminate unemployment overnight.

            Wouldn’t we?

            • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.1.1.2.1.1

              That would be OK except Russel was quite adamant. Science has proven that the level of the minimum wage has no effect on employment. I have no reason to disbelieve him.

              If you have a problem with this science, Felix, I recommend you take it up with the Green party.

              • felix

                I suppose the Greens have lost your vote now that you’ve discovered to your horror that they disagree with you about economics.

                Ah well. They lost mine for not having a beardy leader. I mean 4reals, a greenie without a beard? Get out of here. I can’t respect that.

                • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                  But, as I think I have been at pains to point out, I completely agree with them in their bold policy to raise the minimum wage to $700 an hour. This is just common sense once one accepts (as one must) that there is completely no evidence to show that there is any link whatsoever between the level of the minimum wage and the level of employment.

                  If only we’d thought of this before. Like all of the best ideas, it is so obvious when you just think about it for a bit.

                  The lack of beard thing is disappointing, I admit. But it is nothing compared to having solved the whole: how-can-we-get-rich-without-actually-doing-anything thing.

                  • felix

                    I imagine we’d be subsidising employers fairly heavily at 700 squid an hour though, perhaps even more than we subsidise them now.

                    Still, at least it’d be a direct subsidy rather than pretending the employee is the one getting the handouts.

  8. bbfloyd 8

    is this pay increase tax free? as in $13.50 gross +50c? or can i assume that tax will be payable on the whole amount? which makes the $1000 figure an inflated one….

    the other question i have is , i can quite clearly remember the minimum wage being put up to $13.25 not so long ago.. last year if i recall correctly….

    i fail to understand why an important issue like this should be debated using innacurate, and irrelevant figures…. and yes, i know there will be a number of those out there who will sneer at the approximately $100 tax paid on that pay rise, but to someone earning that little, that’s quite an important distinction….

    there have alresdy been calculations used in arguing how that money can be spent that don’t take the tax removed before the payee receives it…. i understand that the tax department, and winz uses gross income as a guide to making entitlement/debt decisions,.. but out here in the real world, we live in a “net wage” reality…..

    is it too much to ask that a debate be grounded in reality?

    • Oscar 8.1

      Read and weep

      So no, never has been a $13.25 hourly rate.

      50c *40*52 = 1040 gross. After tax of around 20% works out at $830nett a year or just $15.96 a week. Sweet, that’s 1 rockmelon $5.99 New World Thorndon, 1kg of Peaches $4.99 NW Thorndon and perhaps 4L of milk $4 at NOSH, with about 98c left over to save.

      Big whoop.

      I think it’s time for a progressive flat tax.

  9. lefty 9

    The only reason we don’t have slavery is it would cost employers more to feed and house a worker and their family than it does to pay them the minimum wage.

    • vto 9.1

      ha ha ha

      nuts hell

    • burt 9.2

      That’s probably true actually lefty. Just shows how the unintended consequences of well meaning economic intervention can be negative.

      • felix 9.2.1

        lolwut burt?

        What’s the “negative” you refer to here? Just to be clear.

        • burt 9.2.1.1

          felix

          The clue is in the first sentence. “That’s probably true actually lefty”.

          I can’t see how you could possibly not understand that – but then again you do seem to be incapable of understanding that socialism is a failed ideology.

          • RedLogix 9.2.1.1.1

            So before socialism there was no slavery?

            • burt 9.2.1.1.1.1

              If you say so.

              • felix

                Trying to find out what you’re saying actually burt.

                Wanna spell it out for me? I’ve had a long day and as you know I’m a bit slow at the best of times.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  From what I can make out, burt’s telling us that he’s in favour of slavery and that people are now worse off as an unintended consequence of the do-gooders removal of slavery.

                • It’s simple burt-world logic felix:
                  – If the minimum wage was raised it would cause unemployment to rise, therefore
                  – If the minimum wage was lowered it would cause unemployment to fall, and
                  – If slavery were reintroduced it would eliminate unemployment both completely and permanently.
                  – Therefore slavery is good, and making it illegal was wrong. Because freedom is only for those who can afford it.
                  It all makes sense if you don’t think about it.

  10. Blue 10

    What got my attention when reading the articles on this on both Stuff and the Herald was which parties responded to this announcement.

    On Stuff, Winston Peters led the charge from the opposition parties, along with Russel Norman from the Greens.

    The Herald had Winston, Russel and Darien Fenton from Labour.

    David Shearer was MIA.

    • felix 10.1

      Yep I noticed that too.

      And not just on this issue either, it was the same (on radio nz anyway) over section 9 the other day.

      Ah well, at least someone’s being an opposition.

  11. Harry 11

    All this means is that from 1 April the price of a coffee at my local will rise by about 20c, all the fast food menu prices will be set a wee bit higher, ditto things like movie tickets, groceries at the supermarkets -all offsetting the extra cost in labour. As such, the benefits of the wages rise to the very young and the unskilled who are on the minimum wage will be negated and they’ll lose out too. I would have thought that the way to lift wages would be to increase productivity not artificially raise up the bottom? Otherwise, it beats me why they haven’t raised the minimum wage to $18-19 an hour?

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    2 days ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
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    3 days ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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    4 days ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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    4 days ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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    4 days ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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    5 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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    5 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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    5 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    6 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    6 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    1 week ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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    2 weeks ago