37 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.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 59.7% Yes, five days is not enough
    59.7% Complete
  • 14.3% No, I never use mine up anyway
    14.3% Complete
  • 25.9% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    25.9% Complete
5716 votes
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11 hours ago

A message from Marlborough Lines

Ian Allen Reporter from Marlborough Express

Marlborough Lines Limited (MLL) owns and operates the
electricity distribution network which connects over 26,000 homes and businesses across Marlborough.
Recognising that Marlborough businesses and consumers may be financially impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic, MLL will bring forward (partially) the March 2021 annual discount payment for
eligible consumers.
The amount of the discount payment for each eligible consumer
will vary depending on:
• the electricity consumer type; and
• the amount of electricity consumed and the days of connection between 1 February and 31 July 2020 (six months).
For an ‘average’ domestic consumer, a payment of approximately $117 (incl. GST) will be made.
The discount payment will be made to electricity retailers on 28 August 2020. A line item showing the MLL discount payment should be included on consumers monthly electricity invoices after that date.
The previously planned annual payment for March 2021 will be deferred to May 2021, and, will now be based on electricity consumed between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 (eight months). Annual discount payments will then be made in May of each year thereafter.

13 hours ago


Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

Why volunteer? Peter, a volunteer driver says "I wanted to give back to the community now that I am retired and have some spare time."

If you're like Peter and want to give some of your spare time, you can see all available roles and apply online on our website (click the read more button below)

Alternatively, call 03 577 9388 or email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz