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3 days 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?
  • 60.1% Yes, five days is not enough
    60.1% Complete
  • 13.6% No, I never use mine up anyway
    13.6% Complete
  • 26.2% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    26.2% Complete
4327 votes
2 days ago

Dunedin's coast: NZ's little slice of "Bali" is full of wildlife

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

With sweeping beaches, hidden caves, seals, penguins and albatross - we think this must be the most underrated stretch of New Zealand. Have you been? Read more on the link below.

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21 days ago

Returning Kiwis

Debra from Milson

Just viewed this and thought, yes this is how I feel. Welcome to have you come home but:

RETURNING KIWI's
If you are a true kiwi, then damn well act like one.

Don't come home from Covid ravaged countries abroad and complain that the red carpet is not rolled out for your privileged arse.

Whilst you were abroad enjoying the sights of the world and/or chasing inflated incomes; the rest of us were at home working hard, paying taxes, and social distancing in lockdown. The same taxes that are now supporting your free hotel isolation, the hospitals that have cared for your loved ones; and the same lockdown that has provided you with a Covid Free and safe country to return to.

What makes you think you can walk straight back in and demand a job (or benefit) and house ahead of the many thousands of loyal Kiwis that have waited in the queue and kept the fires burning during some very tough times in recent years. Why is it you are returning home now I ask? Moaning to media just amplifies your arrogance.

Also note that thousands of resident Kiwis haven't even been able to visit their loved ones in hospital, let alone hold funerals for their departed. Equally, remind yourself that you made conscious decisions to leave family behind for everyone else to care for, but now you are expecting (demanding) special exemptions to pay your last respects.

Thus, if you can not muster the gratitude and guts to isolate correctly for a minimum of 14 days and abide by medical officers requests, then go straight back to where you come from and hand in your Kiwi passport on the way out. We don't need you.