Here you will find news articles and updates relevant to the club industry. Please note that circulars are only visible to club representatives that are logged into the Clubs New Zealand website.

New Rules around Health & Safety Representatives

31 August 2023

The Health and Safety at Work (Health and Safety Representatives and Committees) Amendment Act was passed into law earlier this year. The changes introduced by the new law increase workers’ access to health and safety representatives, and health and safety committees.

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Covid-19 restrictions removed

31 August 2023

Earlier this month, Health Minister, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall announced that all remaining Covid-19 requirements were to be removed effective 12.01am, Tuesday 15 August.

Mandatory isolation for Covid-19 is no longer required. However, the Ministry of Health’s guidance is that people should self-isolate for at least five days if they are unwell, or they test positive for Covid-19. The obligation for the wearing of face masks for visitors to healthcare facilities has also been removed.

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Get prepared for Easter and ANZAC day - Trading Hours Employee Entitlements

31 March 2023

Good Friday is kicking off the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays for 2023 on Friday 7th April. With these holidays, there is always some confusion around the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and how it applies to trading hours for Club Licences and employee entitlements.  

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Minimum Wage rising to $22.70 per hour from 1 April 2023

9 February 2023

Circular 23-007

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Christmas and New Year Public Holiday Entitlements 2022/23

10 November 2022

This year the Christmas and New Year public holidays fall on Sunday 25 December, Monday 26 December, Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January meaning that Tuesdayisation may apply in some cases.

Below is a brief overview of the entitlements for these holidays, if you require further information please contact Clubs New Zealand on 0800 4 CLUBS or visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website at

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Fair Pay Agreements Bill passes third reading

27 October 2022

Yesterday the Fair Pay Agreements Bill passed its third reading and will shortly receive Royal Assent.  The overarching policy objective attached to the bill is to enable employers and employees to collectively bargain industry-wide or occupation-wide minimum employment terms.  This is because at present, New Zealand’s employment relations and employment standards regulatory system only allows for collective bargaining at an enterprise level (i.e. between individual employers and unions). There is no mechanism for parties to co-ordinate collective bargaining across entire occupations or industries. The bill aims to address this gap.

There is a lot to be said about this bill, and it is fair to say that opponents of the bill have felt the need to carefully measure their response, for fear of being labelled "greedy", "exploitative" or "anti-employment rights".  

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Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - 26 September 2022

14 September 2022

On Monday 26 September, New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service and one-off public holiday.

The public holiday will be called Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day.  This is a one off public holiday and the normal public holiday requirements under the Holiday's Act will apply, legislation will be passed shortly to bring the holiday into force.

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Part time employees must be paid $1696 a fortnight regardless of how many hours they work

15 June 2022

Employment Court rules that all salaried employees who are paid fortnightly must be paid $1,696 a fortnight regardless of how many hours they work

The Employment Court has ruled that Mount Cook Airline Limited’s part-time cabin crew who are paid a salary need to be paid the full fortnightly minimum wage of $1,600 (now $1,696 as at 1 April 2022) despite these part-time cabin crew only working six days a fortnight. This aspect of the Employment Court’s decision has been appealed to the Court of Appeal.

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The Clubs New Zealand 2022 Wage and Salary Survey is Open

9 June 2022

The Clubs New Zealand Wage and Salary Survey is back for 2022 and open for all clubs to complete now.

The results from the Wage and Salary Survey allow us to create the annual Wage and Salary Guide which is an incredibly sought after resource.  The Wage and Salary Guide will only be prepared if we receive enough responses to the survey, as we want to ensure we are creating relevant and meaningful resources for clubs to use.

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Matariki Public Holiday - 24 June 2022

12 May 2022

The Government has created a new public holiday by passing the Te Ture mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o Te Kāhui o Matariki / Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act. 

The first public holiday to celebrate Matariki will be on Friday 24 June 2022. 

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New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme

25 March 2022

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, an estimated 100,000 New Zealanders per annum are made redundant or have to stop working due to a health condition or disability. No doubt this situation has been exacerbated by many factors beyond the scope of this article. However, the implications of the Canterbury Earthquakes, a global pandemic over the last two years, and more recently the war in Ukraine, may be relevant.

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Clubs New Zealand Template Employment Agreements - Updated

18 November 2021

In light of the recent and incoming employment law changes we have had the Clubs New Zealand template employment agreements reviewed and updated where required.

The updated Clubs New Zealand Individual Employment Agreement Template and the Clubs New Zealand Casual Employment Agreement Template have been loaded in the Clubs New Zealand resource room for members to access.

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