Child Labour: What is Happening in New Zealand?


  • Danae Anderson Auckland University of Technology
  • Felicity Lamm Auckland University of Technology
  • Erling Rasmussen Auckland University of Technology
  • Peter Shuttleworth Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA)
  • Judith McMorland Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA)



While the rights of New Zealand adult workers have been the primary concern of successive governments and their agencies, the rights of child workers have often been overshadowed. With the recent Government report to the United Nations on New Zealand released, the issues surrounding New Zealand young workers have come to the fore and now require further investigation. The purpose o f this paper is to report on Phase One o f ongoing research into the working lives and experiences of New Zealand children (thoseunder18years). Drawing on existing academic literature as well as government and non-governmental organisations' (NGO) reports and statistics, the paper will present an overview of the status of New Zealand children in terms of the minimum working age; the minimum wage rates; and occupational health and safety standards. Finally, the paper will outline areas of future research.


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