Will the introduction of a youth wage next year threaten the livelihoods of older employees?
The new rate represents 80 percent of the current minimum wage of $13.50 per hour for adults, meaning under-17s and some under-19s can be paid $10.80 an hour.
The plans, which come into effect from April 1st, have been met with division from the government's coalition partners. ACT called it a step in the right direction, while the Maori Party says it does nothing to address poverty.
Are there any further issues with having a youth minimum wage?