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?
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59.7% Yes, five days is not enough59.7% Complete
14.3% No, I never use mine up anyway14.3% Complete
25.9% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis25.9% Complete
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For the scientist who embarked on a hunt for the Loch Ness monster, and more recently sequenced the genome of the tuatara, his love of science and animals began in the Hutt Valley.
Neil Gemmell graduated Dux of Taita College in 1984, and credited his teachers for instilling a love of science in him.
People probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear he was still chasing answers to this kind of mystery.
“I was a bit of a nerd,” he laughed.