Leah Panapa: 'Not everyone will be happy with the minimum wage news'

Night Talk 19/12/2018
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Night Talk: Leah Panapa opening comments, Wednesday 19th December 2018.

Tonight: How do you feel about today's minimum wage announcement from the government? Will it affect your life in any way?

Workers on the minimum wage will be nearly $2500 better off per year than they currently are when the minimum wage rises in April next year.

The Government announced on Wednesday the minimum wage will increase by $1.20 on April 1, 2019 - the biggest boost in history.

For an employee on minimum wage working 40 hours per week, and paid for 52 weeks per year, that equals an increase of $2496 over a year - or $48 over a week before tax.

The minimum wage already increased by 75 cents earlier this year. After the increase is introduced, minimum wage workers will be making $4056 more per year before tax than they were before the Labour-led Government came into power.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said: "The Government is determined to improve the wellbeing and living standards of all New Zealanders as we build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy".

The Government wants to see the minimum wage hit $20 per hour by 2021, with proposals to first see it reach $18.90 by April 1, 2020.

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