Percentage-based pay increases for politicians appear destined for the scrapheap, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing a salary freeze for MPs as the Government develops a “fairer” model to set their pay.
The settlement between hospital nurses and their district health board employers - coupled with current immigration settings - adds to growing pressure in the retirement sector and if steps aren't taken people may eventually have to be turned away, says Summerset Group chief executive Julian Cook.
Nurses have voted in favor of the latest pay offer from the government, staving off further strike action and bring nearly a year of negotiations to an end.
Tourism is now our biggest industry, but the sector continues to be stigmatised as unattractive and lowly-paid. So why are we not moving towards a more value-added approach like some of our other big earners?