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Nurses Organisation proud to become Living Wage employer

1 July 2016

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is proud to announce that it has joined the ranks of accredited Living Wage employers in New Zealand.

NZNO kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku says “One of our organisation’s values is that all staff are equally important to the success of NZNO, so it is essential that every staff member is paid enough to participate fully in their family life and community. It is our hope that one day every New Zealander will have that opportunity, especially Māori and Pacific families, who are currently missing out.”
 
“The Living Wage is the hourly wage a working person needs to pay for the necessities of life and participate as an active citizen in the community. It covers expenses like food, transport, housing and childcare, and is calculated independently each year by the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Unit. This year the Living Wage is $19.80.” Nuku says.
 
NZNO president, Grant Brookes says, “This announcement is something I am very proud of, having been part of NZNO’s Living Wage journey since 2013, then being involved with the successful remit at last year’s annual general meeting, which set a deadline of today for NZNO to achieve accredited employer status.”
 
“I believe the Living Wage is one of the many ways we can create a healthy New Zealand. When there is enough money in a household for the basics, people are able to live richer and more fulfilling lives.”
 
“NZNO joins more than 50 other Living Wage employers in New Zealand. We hope many more will follow our example.”

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Rob Zorn
Communications and Media Advisor

rob.zorn@nzno.org.nz
027 431 2617  |  04 494 8242

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