The adult minimum wage will go up by 50 cents an hour from April 1.
Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today that the minimum wage for adults would increase from $14.25 to $14.75 an hour.
"$14.75 per hour is an appropriate increase given current economic and labour market conditions. It balances the needs of both businesses and workers whilst having minimal impact on the wider labour market."
The Government had taken great care in setting wage rates to ensure they maintained the balance between protecting the lowest paid workers and ensuring jobs were not lost, Mr Woodhouse said.