Recent news

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

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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New Zealand: Changes to triangular employment relationships

A triangular employment relationship is one where a third party has a contract with an employer under which an employee performs work for the benefit of the third party …

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New Zealand: Gender pay gap unchanged since 2017

Over the year to Q2 2019 the median hourly pay of female employees increased by 3 …

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New Zealand: Minimum wage rise boosts private sector pay rates

On 1st April 2019, the new national minimum wage came into force …

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New Zealand: One in 20 employed New Zealanders are contractors

Latest figures from the Stats NZ indicate that almost 144,000 New Zealanders worked as self-employed contractors in 2018, which accounted for just over 5% of all employed people …

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New Zealand: Equal Pay Amendment Bill passed the Select Committee

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill 103-2 has now passed the Select Committee and awaits a second reading before a plenary session of Parliament …

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New Zealand: Amendments to New Zealand’s Arbitration Act 1996

Last summer, we reported that several amendments to the Arbitration Act of 1996 were in the pipeline …

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New Zealand: Privacy Bill update

Last year we reported that a new Privacy Bill had been drawn up to replace the Privacy Act of 1993 …

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New Zealand: Confirmation of Electronic Travel Authority requirements

With effect from the 1st of October 2019, all air travellers from 60 visa waiver countries, and all cruise travellers, must carry an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to New Zealand …

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New Zealand: Living wage to rise following minimum wage increase

With effect from the 1st of September 2019, the hourly living wage will increase from the current $20 …

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