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Delivering for Pacific communities on 1 April

Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban
Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

31 March 2008 Media statement
Delivering for Pacific communities on 1 April

The Labour-led's government investment in businesses, families and communities means there is a lot for Pacific peoples to celebrate on 1 April, Pacific Islands Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.

"Pacific workers will benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $12 an hour, the 9th increase under the Labour-led government," Laban said.

"1 April also marks the anniversary of our workers enjoying four weeks annual leave, allowing them more time to spend with their families."

Pacific peoples enrolled in KiwiSaver will be able to save even more, with employer contributions of one per cent going into their accounts from 1 April.

"KiwiSaver is allowing our Pacific people to plan for the future, developing a culture of savings. I encourage all members of our communities to plan for their retirement, and the option for a two per cent contribution rate makes this easier."

From 1 April businesses are able to invest more in their workers with the government tax credit for employer contributions to KiwiSaver starting.

"Combined with the reduction in the company tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar, and a 15 per cent tax credit for businesses investing in research and development, Labour is working with business and industry to support innovation and investment in employees," said Laban.

Pacific families young and old are also benefiting on 1 April from consumer price index adjustments for student allowances and superannuation.

"Our Pacific communities are known for their giving and will also welcome the removal of the cap on charitable donations taking effect from 1 April," Laban said.

"I am proud to be part of a government investing in families and in our economy, who are delivering for Pacific communities and all New Zealanders on 1 April."


31 March 2008 Media statement

Fa’amanuiaga mo tagata Pasifika mai le aso muamua o Aperila

Ua saunia e le malo a le Leipa se fa’amanuiaga mo pisinisi, aiga fa’apea le lautele o le atunu’u. Saunoa le afioga i le Minista ia Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban “mai le aso muamua o Aperila o le a tele ni fa’amanuiaga mo tatou tagata Pasifika”.

Saunoa le Minista “o le a fa’aopopo le tupe maua a tagata faigaluega uma, o le a leai se isi e i lalo ifo o le $12.00 sona totogi i le itula, o le si’itaga lona iva lenei a le malo a le Leipa mo totogi o tagata maualalo totogi”.

“O le aso muamua o Aperila o se aso tāua lenei mo tagata faigaluega ona o le a fa’amautuina ai le fa vaiaso o aso malolo i tausaga ta’itasi, o lenei fa’amanuiaga o le a fesoasoani tele ina ia maua ai taimi e mafuta ai aiga.

“O le Kiwisaver po’o le sefeina o lau seleni o lenei fesoasoani e mo le lumana’i o lou aiga. O lenei fa’amanuiaga o le a fesoasoani tele mo oe I le lumana’i, o le fa’amoemoe ia e tapena mo le taimi o le a e ritaea ai ma le galuega, o lenei fesoasoani ua iai ma le seleni a le malo ua fa’aopopoina.”

“Mai le aso muamua o Aperila o le a tu’u fa’atasia ma fa’aititia lafoga mo pisinisi, o lo’o iai le fa’amoemoe o le a galulue le malo e fesoasoani tele i le lumana’i manuia o le aufaigaluega.”

O le aumatutua ma tupulaga Pasifika o le a manuia mai le aso muamua o Aperila i le fa’amanuiaga o le tupe o lo’o maua mo aiga o lo’o galulue ae o lo’o iai alo ma fanau laiti po’o le Working for Families, fa’apea foi ma le si’itaga I alauni mo e o lo’o iai I aoga maualuluga po’o Student Allowances, ia ma le tupe maua a le aumatutua po’o le superannuation.

Saunoa le afioga I le Minista “O tatou tagata pasifika e masani ona lima foai I so’o se fa’alapotopotoga aemaise lava Ekalesia. Mai le aso muamua o Aperila o le a leai se fa’atapula’a o se foai, o le a faigofie foi mo le taimi e tu’uina atu ai lau lafoga fa’aletausaga”.

“Ou te fiafia tele e fa’ailoa atu nei fa’amanuiaga mai le aso muamua o Aperila mo tatou tagata pasifika o lo’o alala I Niu Sila.” Saunoa mai ai le Afioga I le Minista o Tagata Atumotu Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban


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