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Tradies earning more than graduates up to age 30

Some tradies are earning more than people who have completed degrees at university, a new study has found. Auckland consultancy firm Scarlatti tracked the average yearly income, through Inland Revenue tax records, of a group of 19 year olds right up...... Read More

Social workers aim to use public sector pay rise as leverage

Social workers contracted by Oranga Tamariki want to piggyback on a big pay boost going to their counterparts at the state agency. Oranga Tamariki's own social workers will next month get a 30 percent pay rise, in a $114 million pay equity deal. Those...... Read More

$16m more funds approved for St James Theatre renovation

An extra $16 million has been approved by the Wellington City Council to fund the renovation of the St James Theatre. All councillors, including the Mayor, voted unanimously at a meeting today. The theatre, which is made up of two buildings - the...... Read More

Trotting Club fined $10k for underpaying staff

The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc. (the Trotting Club) has been ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for failure to pay more than 50 employees their correct holiday pay. Following a Labour Inspectorate...... Read More

Ferry skipper fined $1688 after grounding

The skipper of one of Wellington’s East by West ferries, Iain David Wilson, has been fined $1,688 after speeding and grounding the passenger ferry, City Cat. Maritime NZ Central Region Compliance Manager, Michael-Paul Abbott, said Mr Wilson was...... Read More