The Living Wage Movement states its "asks" of 2017 candidates for Auckland Council candidates.

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Calling for Living Wage Candidates

The first election forum for candidates will take place in West Auckland at 6.30pm on August 18 for Waitakere Ward councillors, the second will be in the City for Waitemata Ward and Mayoral candidates at 6.00pm on September 1. Wellington will follow and watch this space for the commitments they will seek of candidates in the Capital City.  

The Auckland network has decided what the top issues are for our Peoples' Forums and we will call on candidates to support: a Living Wage for directly employed staff and workers employed on a regular and ongoing basis by contractors at Auckland Council and its CCOs; extended train timetables and a review of night and weekend transport to ensure workers needs are met; and a housing Warrant of Fitness scheme along with interest free loans under the Retrofit Your Home programme.  

Be part of the team organising these events; register to be there!  Contact: 

Recent events

150 people attended a public meeting at St Peter’s on Willis in Wellington on 1 August to hear international Living Wage campaigner, Deborah Littman, share the story of the London and Vancouver councils’ Living Wage campaign. Faith groups, community organisations and unions joined Wellington’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor to hear about overcoming the barriers to win local government campaigns. 

Living Wage supporters packed out the Red Sea Cafe in Newtown, Wellington for a fundraiser on Sunday 8 February. The event brought together a wide range of locals from one of Wellington's most diverse communities to eat African food and talk about the living wage. To get involved in Newtown email

Over 60 people attended a Living Wage for Vic campaign event on campus. It was buzzing with students, TEU members and others from the Victoria community.  A lively quiz focused on the gap between how much the minimum wage can buy compared to the Living Wage. Graduate student, Joshua James, opened with a powerful speech telling how hard it is for students to get by on the very low wages paid for work in the university library.  A group of university cleaners, who are on the minimum wage of $15.25, joined the action and then headed back to work.  Victoria graduate Eleanor Haggerty-Drummond shared her story of gaining a pay rise as a result of the Living Wage campaign at Wellington City Council, where she now works. The Living Wage for Vic campaign team meets once a month. To get involved email

The Living Wage Movement is seeking volunteers to support our ongoing Employer Accreditation programme. If you are interested in this important role please email:

Upcoming Events

At the 2017 AGM the Auckland network will elect a Local Board made up of two members from each stream: community, union faith. Do you want to stand for a position for this Board to support Auckland strategy and our community organiser, Cissy Rock? Contact for a nomination form. Nominations will be received up until the start of the AGM on August 19
(see details below).
The Wellington AGM will now take place at NZEI in the same building as advertised above, Education House, 178 Willis St.  Please be there at 4.00pm for a prompt start at 4.30pm.

Nominations close for the National Governance Committee of the Living Wage Movement on August 5.
Bishop Victoria Matthews of Christchurch Transitional Cathedral speaks at the announcement of the 2017 Living Wage Employers on July 1. The Cathedral stands alongside Trinity Cathedral in Auckland as the first cathedrals to become accredited in NZ.  In the last newsletter this cathedral was referred to as Canterbury Cathedral.  LWMANZ apologises for the mistake.
Wellington City Mayoral Candidates' Forum, Thursday 1 September, 6-8pm, Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington CBD

Wellington City Council has taken significant steps towards delivering on the promise made in 2013 to become a Living Wage council. We will be calling on candidates to commit to ensuring that every worker, including those employed via contractors and in CCOs, is paid a minimum of the current NZ Living Wage rate.

Hutt City Council Candidates' Forum, Thursday 8 September, 6-8pm, St. Paul's Anglican Church, 76 Waiwhetu Road, Lower Hutt

We will be calling on candidates to commit to Hutt City Council becoming a Living Wage council and paying all workers in the council workforce, including those employed via contractors, the current NZ Living Wage rate.

Porirua City Council Candidates' Forum, Thursday 15 September, 6-8pm, Porirua Pacific Islanders' Presbyterian Church Hall, Cannons Creek, Porirua

We will be calling on candidates to commit to Porirua City Council becoming a Living Wage council and paying all workers in the council workforce, including those employed via contractors, the current NZ Living Wage rate.
(Porirua Network pictured above.)