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Te Ake Rautangi

Kōhanga Reo kaimahi bring incredible skills and experience to an important kaupapa for tamariki Māori

But right now many kaimahi aren’t paid in a way that recognises their value and upholds their mana.

Tautoko this whakahau in support of our Kōhunga Reo kaimahi – let’s make sure kaiako get paid what they are worth!

The ask

Right now, many Kōhanga Reo kaimahi don’t even get minimum wage. They are paid well below the rates for other kaiako and teachers in the sector.

  1. Budget 2019 saw $21.5 million allocated to Te Kōhanga Reo, and we believe some of that money should have gone to pay Kōhanga Reo kaimahi what they are worth.
  2. Budget 2020 contributed $196.2 million, with $93 million over four years going to pay for kaimahi – but after bringing Kōhanga Reo kaimahi up to the new minimum wage of $20 an hour, there won’t be much money left.
  3. With other kaimahi from the sector receiving $23.97 per hour, and the Living Wage sitting at $22.10 an hour, it’s clear that even the new minimum wage just doesn’t recognise the value Kōhanga Reo kaimahi bring to their mahi.

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