@rikkitic I have 2 really straightforward questions for you. Just yes and no.
1) Do you think that it's reasonable to raise the minimum wage from 15.75, to $20.20 in 3 years?
2) Do you still think it's reasonable to do it, when the people responsible for measuring the impact of that decision (treasury), advise that the likely effect, is the loss of 58,000 jobs?
To give you some perspective, 12,000 jobs were added in New Zealand last Quarter, in one of the strongest employment periods of modern times.
The rise in minimum wage is a good move and a very much needed move to stop greater job loses. Inflation is rising, currently tipping the 2%. Power, petrol, rents and foods are rising and mortgages are tipped to rise. If the minimum wage is not raised then spending power gets arrested, this inturn slows the domestic market and tip the economy into recession. The risk for job loses and company closures from that would be greater.