The New Zealand government has confirmed it will raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour starting April 1, 2021. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood said that, as New Zealand recovered and rebuilt from Covid-19, the government was committed to supporting citizens by raising wages. “There are many Kiwis who earn the minimum that have gone above and beyond in our fight against Covid. I think everyone agrees those who served us so well during lockdown -- including supermarket workers, cleaners, and security guards -- deserve a pay raise,” Wood said. This change will increase the incomes of 175,500 New Zealanders.