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New Zealand: New Minimum for Specific Occupations under the AEWV

Key Points 

  • New Zealand will implement a new minimum hourly wage for specific positions under the Accredited Employer Work Visa program 


The government of New Zealand will introduce a new minimum hourly wage for certain tourism and hospitality roles under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) scheme. The new wage will go into effect on 24 April 2023. As a result, employees in occupations listed under certain Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations must be paid at least $28.18.  

What are the Changes?  

Beginning on 24 April 2023, New Zealand will implement a new minimum hourly wage. the wage change will apply to specific roles in tourism and hospitality under the AEWV program. According to the government, these changes are a result of the gradual recovery of the tourism and hospitality industry and the opening of borders. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.

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