Media mentions

NZWRI is regularly mentioned in the media. A selection of articles is listed below:

Large gender pay gap causes concern

Southland Express, 22 February 2018

A workshop held in Dunedin encouraged employers to take action on closing the gender pay gap. Professor Gail Pacheco presented her findings in research commissioned by the Ministry for Women on empirical evidence behind the gender pay gap.


Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

The Guardian, 15 February 2018

Senior lecturer in Management, Dr Peter Skilling, argues that New Zealanders tend to be more flattered than troubled by entrepreneurs such as Peter Thiel, which doesn’t necessarily mean New Zealanders are particularly susceptible to libertarian ideas but would indicate a tendency of complacency in these matters.


Go to Health podcast: Is your job hurting your mental health?

NZ Herald, 13 February 2018

Professor Helena Cooper-Thomas weighed in on whether people are more stressed by work than they were in the past, signs of stress, and how to deal with it.


Retirees to the Rescue

Sunday News, 11 February 2018

Michael Fletcher said research he did in 2015 at NZWRI found that as workers got older, they were more likely to earn lower wages. About 30% of workers over 60 years were paid less than two thirds of New Zealand's median wage.


New study finds thousands of kiwis are transient

Newstalk ZB, 8 February 2018

AUT economist Professor Gail Pacheco told Kate Hawkesby frequent residential movement is known to have poorer outcomes.


AUT study classes 150,000 Kiwis as 'vulnerable transient'

NZ Herald, 8 February 2018

New data on New Zealand's burgeoning transient population has urged social services to call for a "game changer".


Perpetual Guardian to test four-day week

Stuff.co.nz, 8 February 2018

Professor Jarrod Haar said the shorter week could benefit businesses in the long run by reducing employee turnover, as more workers would be satisfied with their jobs.


Labour approach testing employment waters

The Newsroom, 7 February 2018

Employment law specialist, Pam Nuttall is interested in the “hobbit law” working group as it appears to have the potential “to implement a constructive intent to improve industrial relations across the board.”


NZ living wage needs urgent look, Massey University and AUT researchers say

NZ Herald, 17 December 2017

Researchers say that while a national minimum wage is a legal floor intended both to provide protection for workers and encourage fair competition among employers, minimum wages were now widely recognised as failing to provide sufficient cost-of-living income.


The way of the future?

Employment Today, 13 December 2017

The gig-work approach has instant accessibility and may be hailed as the way of the future, but Professor Jarrod Haar is less than convinced, pointing out that, although the model offers flexibility, it also has some inherent disadvantages — for both parties.


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