Report of an Investigation Into Defining A Living Wage For New Zealand
Prepared by Peter King and Charles Waldegrave
Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit
Commissioned For the Living Wage Campaign
- "I'd love to leave a beautiful legacy for my grandchildren
- a decent wage and decent conditions when they go to work."
- "I tell my children we have come to New Zealand for a better life. But a better life needs a living wage."
- "Cost of living goes up. Wages don't."
- "A living wage is for the whānau and my mokos."
- "A living wage is all about family."
- "We need a living wage to provide a good education for my children and grandchildren."
- "I want to be able to comfortably and reasonably live. I want my kids to have a chance. But at the moment I can't get ahead."
- "I can't get what I want for my kids. We've had to sacrifice lots of things."
As the gap between the rich and the poor grows in New Zealand and poverty increases, more and more New Zealanders don't get paid enough to meet their needs, enjoy their lives and participate in society.
All over the world communities are uniting to address poverty and inequality through living wage campaigns.
The Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand campaign brings together community and faith-based organisations and unions around a common goal of achieving a living wage as a necessary step in reducing inequality and poverty in our society.
A living wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. A living wage will enable workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society.
We call upon the Government, employers and society as a whole to strive for a living wage for all households as a necessary and important step in the reduction of poverty in New Zealand.
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