Work to Live - a hui, talanoa and celebration mark an important step toward involvement of local networks in the Living Wage campaign.

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Does your organisation, your faith group, or your union have connections with South Auckland communities?  Help our communities come together around the concerns they share about poverty and inequality and start planning action for 2015 so our united voices can make a difference to the well being of local workers and their families.  On November 7 a team of Living Wage supporters will be running a celebration with conversation - and of course food and music. For more information contact us at

Here is our fine Wellington team at the first of two AGMs for the Living Wage Movement on October 16.  Come along to the Auckland AGM on Friday October 31 at 4.00pm. Details above. 

After the AGM there is a celebration of a successful year for the Living Wage Movement in Auckland. Food, drinks and an amazing raffle to support our leadership training programme. 

See details for the party below and RSVP to

Auckland University students, lecturers, and campus communities step up for a Living Wage.

Employers and workers benefit in first Living Wage businesses

Ethical employers have discovered the benefits of a Living Wage in positive productivity outcomes in recent research on a handful of the first Living Wage Employers in NZ. One employer made the connections between a decent wage and a healthy economy:

"We’re offering a really nice product and if my own employees can’t afford to eat it then that’s not good; its better for us as a business if they can afford to eat there."

At the same time workers have enjoyed levels of participation in their community previously not possible because of low wages. One worker interviewed said:

"I know the burden on my family, like they have things to pay for culturally and it feels good to me to say to my mum “don’t worry about that envelope because I’ve got the money.”

You can see the paper presented to the Population Health Congress at under the News section.



Living Wage Survey 


Massey University People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) team is running a national, online Living Wage survey. 
The survey will seek to find out how people feel about the Living Wage in NZ and what they perceive that it means for employees' income level, well-being, engagement at work, workplace productivity and capacity to have a decent standard of living. If you are an employee, manager or employer in New Zealand, please take part - it will only take you five minutes to complete the survey and gives you an opportunity to have your say about an important societal issue. You can access the survey at our website: just click on the button on the Home page. The survey which closes at midnight on 31 October.