Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to New Zealand as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

New Zealand: Applications for COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund now open

Applications for the COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund are now open …

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New Zealand: Support for trainees and apprenticeships

Starting from August 2020, employers who take on eligible apprentices may apply for subsidies of up to $16,000 (US$10,394) for the first two years under the “Apprenticeship Boost” scheme …

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New Zealand: Fewer people to face end of year tax bills

Tax payable up to $200 (US$130) will be written off for the 2019/20 income tax year …

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New Zealand: COVID-19 small business cashflow (loan) scheme (SBCS)

SMEs which have been adversely affected by the current health crisis, have until 24th July 2020 to apply for a one-off loan with a term of 5 years …

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New Zealand: Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill

A Bill has just been presented to parliament which seeks to regularize the sale and use of “vaping products” …

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New Zealand: COVID-19 – preparing for alert level 1

The country went onto “Alert level 1” on 8th June 2020 …

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New Zealand: Government pondering extra public holidays to encourage domestic tourism

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has revealed that the government is contemplating an extra public holiday this year to reward people for coming through the health crisis and to encourage domestic tourism …

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New Zealand: Workers overseas eligible for wage subsidy

Employers may seek the wage subsidy to support the paying of workers who are stuck overseas on holiday or other leave, provided that they meet certain criteria – such as where businesses are suffering at least a 30% fall in revenue …

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New Zealand: COVID-19 and the minimum wage

The adult minimum wage rose on the 1st of April to $18 …

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New Zealand: Automatic visa extension

Those who hold work visas with an expiry date between the 2nd of April and 9th of July 2020 inclusive and who were in New Zealand on the 2nd of April will have their visas automatically extended until the 25th of September 2020 …

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New Zealand: Immigration changes

The government is introducing a number of immigration changes over the next 18 months …

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New Zealand: Minister launches Youth Ready Employer Programme

The Minister of Employment has just announced the Youth Ready Employer Programme …

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New Zealand: Changes to minimum income thresholds

With effect from February 24th 2020, the minimum income thresholds to obtain priority points for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas will be increased …

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New Zealand: Government announces minimum wage boost, to $18.90 an hour

The national adult minimum wage will rise on April 1st 2020 from $17 …

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New Zealand: Fair Pay Agreement Working Group Report

The Fair Pay Agreement Working Group Report released in 2019 has still not been acted upon by the government …

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