Spokesperson for Finance
21 February 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
AUS-NZ Wage Gap Now $180, More Than A Kiwi’s Daily Pay
How To Work A Four-Day Week? Move To Australia
The wage gap with Australia is now so large that Kiwis across the ditch earn a New Zealander’s weekly pay in just four
days, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker
“The median weekly wage gap with Australia has ballooned by $60 to $180 per week under John Key’s leadership, despite
National’s promise to close the gap.
“In Australia the median wage is $1067, in New Zealand it’s $887, according to the latest statistics. To make up the
difference Kiwis need to work another full day and another hour on top of that. It’s no surprise 182,000 Kiwis have left
“Kiwis who left for Australia only need to work a four day week to get what they were earning here. What a luxury. Of
course they are leaving in droves, with a record 54,000 buying a one-way ticket last year.
“John Key told all New Zealanders that a fundamental purpose of his Government would be, ‘to narrow the wage gap between
ourselves and Australia, and to grow local wages in New Zealand.’
“National made a promise it can’t fulfil, it’s time they admitted they broke their word to New Zealanders.
“National’s policies aren’t working. There is a better way, a Labour way. Kiwis want a hands-on government that is
willing to roll up its sleeves. Labour has a vision of a high-tech, high-growth and high-wage New Zealand. We will take
the steps necessary to make that happen,” said David Parker.
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 Purchasing power parity, Statistics New Zealand, Australia Bureau of Statistics and OECD.