The minimum wage is going up by 25 cents.
Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson this afternoon announced
the increase, from $12.75 an hour to $13, would take effect
from April 1.
Ms Wilkinson said the training and new entrants' minimum
wages would rise from $10.20 an hour to $10.40.
"This Government's focus when reviewing the minimum wage over
this term has centred on the need to protect jobs while
ensuring a fair wage," Ms Wilkinson said.
"The 25c increase in conjunction with last year's tax cuts
ensures that workers on the minimum wage have maintained the
buying power of their wages."