Labour Leader David Shearer says he supports the campaign
for a living wage hourly rate of $18.40.
He said it would allow a lift in the incomes of New
Zealanders to better support their families.
Mr Shearer said the Labour Party would champion the living
wage alongside community groups "to do what we can to support
"Too many New Zealanders are working hard but not getting
ahead. Many people I meet say they simply can't earn enough
to pay the basic bills, and are having to take on two or
three jobs to support themselves."
Mr Shearer said the National-led Government's hands-off
approach to the economy is hurting families.
"Wages are stagnating while the cost of living continues to
rise. I don't want New Zealand to be a low wage country.
That's why Labour will make changes so that families can have
a better life."
He said a first step would be raising the minimum wage to $15
- Kate Shuttleworth of APNZ