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What is the New Zealand Minimum Wage?

The current minimum wage in New Zealand is $15.25 an hour.

The New Zealand minimum wage is an adult rate - ie for those over the age of 17 years. It is also affected by several things, and may be classed as a starting-out or training minimum wage. These rates are from $11.80 to $12.20 per hour.

The Starting-Out and Training rates apply to minors (those under 17 years of age), those classified as minors who have not yet completed 6 months work at their employers, and those on a training minimum wage.

It is not lawful for any company to pay an employee less than the set minimum wage.

The minimum wage of $15.25 came into effect on April 1, 2016. The Starting-Out and Training minimum wages were also increased on this date. All rates are before tax.

Find out more about the official New Zealand minimum wages on the Employment New Zealand website.