Changes to minimum wage and tax policy came into force in New Zealand today.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s had promised to raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour (£10.15) and to raise taxes on the wealthiest Kiwis.
The rise in wages means that the income of 175,500 New Zealanders will be increased by $44 (£22.30) each week.
“There are many Kiwis who earn the minimum wage who have gone above and beyond in our fight against COVID.
I think everyone agrees those who served us so well during lockdown – including supermarket workers, cleaners, and security guards – deserve a pay rise,” the minister added.
New Zealand has not seen a community case of Covid-19 since late Febuary.
There are currently five people in managed isolation having tested positive for Covid-19, all after arriving in New Zealand from India via the UAE. »