Employment and skills
Employment legislation reviews
- Increasing the minimum sick leave entitlement
- Workplace relations in the screen industry
- Forced Labour Protocol
- Holidays Act Review
- Extending paid parental leave
- Equal Pay Amendment Act
- Law change for Easter Sunday shop trading
- Employment Standards Legislation Act
- Proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal
- Accident compensation dispute resolution review
- Reviewing regulated ACC payments for treatment
- Employment Relations Amendment Act
- Minimum wage reviews
- Sex work in New Zealand
- Changes to the process for setting pay for Members of Parliament
- Security officers – additional employment protections
- Updating Accident Compensation Review Costs Regulations
- Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
- Consultation on ACC’s Accredited Employers Programme
- Review framework for list of occupational diseases
- Employment legislation reviews
Minimum wage reviews
This page provides the Cabinet papers and regulatory impact analyses for previous reviews of the minimum wages.
The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety is required by law to review the minimum wages annually, to take effect 1 April each year.
The annual minimum wage review supports the economic factors needed to improve child and youth wellbeing in the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy action plan.
Find out about the Strategy(external link) — Child and Youth Wellbeing
2022 minimum wage
The 2022 minimum wage will be $21.20 per hour.
2021 minimum wage
The 2021 minimum wage will be $20 per hour.
2020 minimum wage
The 2020 minimum wage will be $18.90 per hour.
2019 minimum wage
The 2019 minimum wage is $17.70 per hour.
2018 minimum wage
The 2018 minimum wage was $16.50 per hour.
2017 minimum wage
The 2017 minimum wage was $15.75 per hour.
2016 minimum wage
The 2016 minimum wage was $15.25 per hour.