41 days ago

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Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

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5 hours ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

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Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 57.5% Yes, five days is not enough
    57.5% Complete
  • 13.4% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.4% Complete
  • 29.1% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    29.1% Complete
859 votes
4 hours ago

West Coast infrastructure projects to receive $36 million Covid-19 kickstart

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The West Coast Regional Council will receive $24 million for flood protection and climate resilience projects as part of the $3 billion fund for job creation announced last week.

More than $12m of the investment will support the community and environmental and transport projects.

An additional $13m has been set aside in this year’s Budget to go towards improving the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast.

Read more, including details about which projects are being funded, here.

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1 day ago

Generation Pandemic: How has Covid-19 affected your children?

Kelly Dennett Reporter from Sunday Star Times

This week we're looking at how the pandemic will affect our children and their resilience. The Sunday Star-Times wants to hear from children about how they've been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdown. Perhaps they've learned more about hand washing and germs, or maybe they want to talk about having mum or dad home more often, or learning from home. Kids can write a sentence or two to be included in print by emailing kelly.dennett@stuff.co.nz, by Friday, July 10, at 5pm. Their first names and ages may be used in print. Parents, if you're happy for your children to be photographed please let us know.