NZ: Ryman gives care staff $2 an hour pay boost

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Staff at the NZX-listed provider’s New Zealand retirement villages have been told in an email that they will get a $2 an hour boost to their pay packet during the country’s nationwide lockdown, according to media reports.

The NZ village model provides a continuum of care, from independent living, to serviced apartments to residential aged care, with the full range of supporting staff.

In the email sent last Friday, Ryman Healthcare acknowledged the efforts of staff to continue providing an essential service while the rest of the nation was being told to stay home.

“We are immensely grateful that in the level four lockdown you are still coming to work each day to make sure that our villages remain a safe haven and that our residents are well-looked after,” it read.

Ryman is not commenting on the move, but staff say the payment began from the start of the lockdown on March 26.