'It's a great opportunity for our most vulnerable people' – Pay equity on the way for mental health workers

The government is set to enter negotiations with unions for a new pay equity deal which will see 3,800 mental health workers receive a pay rise.

The pay increase will be in line with last year's pay equity settlement which saw home care workers receive pay rises of between 15 per cent and 50 per cent.

"It's a great opportunity for our most vulnerable people in New Zealand to be able to get access [and] to be able to retain some key workers because otherwise, we're going to lose them to other sectors," Diversity Works Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie told TVNZ's Breakfast this morning.

"It's an opportunity for us to retain more and be able to move them up through the system, so being able to create a career pipeline for them which I don't think is there at the moment," she said.

Diversity Works CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie explains what this will mean for women in these sectors. Source: Breakfast

Molten metal, old cars burning in Palmerston North fire

Seven fire crews are on the scene following a blaze at a scrap metal yard in Palmerston North early this morning.

Fire crews were alerted to the fire at Molten Metals just before 4am.

Police officers say metal and old cars were alight, creating hazardous smoke on Kelvin Grove Road, Kelvin Grove.

People have been asked to avoid an area of Kelvin Grove while emergency services attend the incident.

Diversions are in place. 

Source: 1 NEWS



'There's this real hunger for generational change' – Who will take National's leadership?

National MPs Simon Bridges and Amy Adams are "coming down to a two-horse race" for leadership of the National party, political commentator Bryce Edwards told TVNZ's Breakfast this morning.

Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Amy Adams.
Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Amy Adams. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Edwards says the two may be indicative of divisions within the party which were previously quashed by former National party leaders John Key and Bill English.

"For the last decade, the party's been very united, at least publicly... We're seeing divisions in terms of ideology in terms of social liberal, social conservative, left and right of the party" he said.

"There's a real hunger for generational change."

Mr Edwards says the party has an issue with likability, however.

"There must be a lot of people in National thinking, 'Come back, Bill', because it's a bit dire at the moment about all of these options."

Judith Collins, Mr Bridges and Ms Adams are currently the contenders to take on the National Party leadership, after Bill English resigned earlier this week. 

He complimented competitor Judith Collins, and possible competitor Amy Adams. Source: 1 NEWS