Minimum wage increase

East Coast Labour List MP Kiri Allan has welcomed the government's move to increase the minimum wage next April.

It goes up by a dollar 20 an hour to 17 dollars 70.

It's expected to put an extra 48 dollars a week into the pockets of about 200 thousand workers on the minimum wage.

Kiri Allan says the Labour-led government has already lifted the minimum wage since it took office last year and they're proud of the latest rise.

Sam Gardner