Increased Parental Leave Payments

Increases to paid parental leave payments have come into effect from 1st July 2015.  The maximum weekly rate for eligible employees and self-employed parents increased from $504 to $516.85 gross per week.  The number of weeks was extended from 14 to 16 weeks on 1st April 2015, and will increase again to 18 weeks from…

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Changes to KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver and HomeStart On 1st April 2015, the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant was introduced in place of the KiwiSaver first-home deposit subsidy.  The HomeStart grant provides eligible buyers with up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for couples to put towards the purchase of their first home, where it is an existing home.  For…

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