The Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $17.70 will devastate businesses in regional New Zealand, says
the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “The Prime Minister is clearly spending too much time in
Ponsonby. Slamming regional businesses, who are already suffering from fuel tax hikes, will put the brakes on economic
growth and hiring – devastating opportunities for prosperity in communities desperately in need of good news.”
“Paying $17.70 for low-skilled workers straight out of high-school in small-town New Zealand simply isn’t feasible.
Denying those young people opportunities to get employed by pricing them out of the market with the highest
income-adjusted minimum wage rate in the OECD is a moral disgrace.”
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in
the corridors of power. It's here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their
tax dollar. New Zealanders are invited to join and donate at http://taxpayers.org.nz