New Zealand to Increase Minimum Wage April 1

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By Molly Ward

Feb. 29—The adult minimum wage in New Zealand is to increase to NZ$15.25 ($10.06) an hour from NZ$14.75 ($9.73) beginning April 1, New Zealand's Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse said Feb. 29.

The adult minimum wage applies to workers who are 20 and older and are not performing an industry recognized training program, as well as those between 16 and 19 who generally have completed at least six continuous months of employment.

The “starting-out” and training hourly minimum wage also is to increase to NZ$12.20 ($8.05) from NZ$11.80 ($7.78) and generally applies to workers under 20 years old who have yet to work six continuous months of employment as well as workers enrolled in a industry recognized training program.

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