Celebration; Selwyn Supporters call for a Living Wage

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Auckland Living Wage communities stand together calling on the Selwyn Foundation to pay its workers a Living Wage.

Is progress on the Living Wage for Selwyn workers on the horizon?

The Coalition of Selwyn Supporters consisting of the Living Wage Movement, Grey Power, Selwyn Foundation residents, the families of residents and locals from Point Chev amassed last week in a public meeting to call for dignity, equality and a Living Wage for workers and residents at this large Auckland aged care facility.  The management and Board were invited to a public dialogue but declined to attend and consistently reject liveable wages for their staff who are on between $14.75 and $17.97 per hour.  Selwyn could choose to invest in people, not just buildings, and that puts residents and workers before bricks and mortar.  We still wait for the chance to hear why this Anglican agency will not commit to concrete steps to alleviate poverty in its workforce.

Are Selwyn ready for a public dialogue? The Selwyn Board and CEO have sought a meeting with representatives of the Coalition of Selwyn Supporters which we hope will be a first step towards resolution - watch this space.


A new local Living Wage hub was launched in Porirua last week. Nearly 200 people filled the PIC Church Hall in Cannons Creek to hear workers, church and community leaders talk about the impact of low wages in this city north of Wellington and the need for the Living Wage.


Local cleaner Charmaine Reihana talked about the long hours she worked and how her kids missed out on time with their mum. Tawa Union Church Minister, Hiueni Nuku, talked about the power of faith groups, community organisations and unions uniting to call for the Living Wage.  At the end of the meeting community leaders, including local MPs and the Mayor, signed a statement committing to work together  to make Porirua a Living Wage city.

Te Au Marama and Hueini Nuku sing the Living Wage song as others sign on to get active in the Living Wage movement in Porirua.


Annual General Meeting notification

Auckland at PSA office, 155 New North Rd, Eden Tce 4-6.00pm (Guest speaker, Professor Jane Parker) RSVP: Have your say on what matters to your organisation as we build our campaign for a Living Wage in the local government elections next year.

Wellington at NZEI 13th Floor, Education House, 178 Willis St 4.30-5.30 (nibbles and a chat)

Nominations are now open for National Governance Committee members

Pilgrim Productions are donating all the profits to the Living Wage Movement. Book your tickets through - enjoy the entertainment and support the movement.

We are the Living Wage Tongans

The E.C.H.O.  project is a collaboration between the Tongan Youth Trust and the Living Wage Movement in Auckland to inspire Tongan youth to stand up; develop skills in creative expression; and build leadership and opportunity in the Tongan community.  The Trust and the Living Wage Movement share common aspirations

  • The need for a proper income for decent health, life styles and the quality support required for a good education
  • The desire for structural change in society that shifts the mindset of people about their capability, to inspire them to think anything is possible
  • The recognition that we need the capacity to act together if we are to bring about change that transforms people's lives

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