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Government Consulting on Options to Improve Protections for Contractors


Submission completed and submitted by the NZARBP


January 2020

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety has opened consultation on possible changes to better protect vulnerable contractors in New Zealand. They are keen to hear what you think about these options for change.

While contracting arrangements can be beneficial for both firms and workers, they do not work for everyone.

There are two situations in New Zealand that we are particularly concerned about:

  • Some workers are misclassified as ‘independent contractors’ when they are, in substance, employees, so miss out on basic employment rights and protections.
  • Some workers are in a ‘grey zone’ between employee and contractor status and may have low bargaining power and be vulnerable to poor outcomes.


They have developed a number of possible options to improve legal protections for these workers, which can be grouped into four main approaches:

  • deter employers from misclassifying workers as contractors and not employees,
  • make it easier for workers to access a determination of their employment status,
  • change who is an employee under New Zealand law, and
  • enhance protections for contractors without making them employees.

These options aim to provide a fair balance between protecting vulnerable contractors, and keeping the flexibility, independence, and other benefits of contracting in arrangements where it works.

A full outline of the problem and options for change can be found in the discussion document here.

They value your views on these options, including which changes would make the biggest difference, and how they could be implemented effectively. You can provide them with feedback in any form, and you do not need to answer all of the questions asked in the discussion document.

Visit to have your say.


Please share this link with those in your network who may be interested in making a submission.


Your feedback will help us develop a comprehensive response to the challenges faced by contractors who experience poor outcomes in New Zealand.

Consultation closes at 5pm on 14 February 2020.  


Confirmation of the new Minimum Wage Rates from April 1 2020


The government has confirmed that New Zealand's minimum wage will increase to $18.90 from April 1, 2020.
This equates to an extra $48 per week before tax for employees working 40 hours per week on the current minimum wage. The government plans to work towards increasing this to $20.00 for 2021.
The starting out and training wages will also see a boost, with a rise to $15.12 per hour from 1 April 2020, remaining at 80% of the adult minimum wage.

AGM 2019

Sunday 15 September 2019 | The Hilton Hotel, Auckland


After an incredible Awards event on the Saturday evening, the NZARBP held our AGM bright and early Sunday morning.

With Kim Ryan not re-standing for President, Oonagh Wolfkamp with unanimous votes now assumes the position of President of the NZARBP, with Louise Gray filling Oonagh’s previous position of Vice President.

The Association would like to thank Kim for her role as President over the past three years and we are pleased to announce that she will continue on as a member of the Executive Committee.

Emma Fraser was welcomed, elected by unanimous votes to the Executive Committee and will cover our Nail Portfolio.

We believe that 2020 will be a year of change and one of celebration with our 50th Jubilee.

Minutes from the AGM are available through the Members Section, on this website.



Front Row: Executive Committee
Nicole Carter, Oonagh Wolfkamp, Kim Ryan, Louise Gray and Emma Fraser  (Appologies: Judy West and Michaella Messenger)

Back Row: NZARBP Area Reps

Lisa Carruthers (Taranaki), Kelly Gosling (Nelson), Corrie Jacobs (Otago), Megan Woollard (Hawkes Bay), Amanda Semenoff (Northland), Kylie Love (Manawatu), Kylie Price (Auckland)


NZARBP Executive Committee Member

Michaella Messenger talks to NewsHub

RE: Regulation with in Micropigmentation/ Cosmetic Tattoo Industry - 10 August 2019

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The call for Regulation within our Industry.

Be proud that you are a member of the NZARBP, show everyone that they are definitely in 'Safe Hands' with you.


    ✔️  A QUALIFIED Beauty Professional.
    ✔️  You adhere to STRICT health and hygiene protocols and practices.
    ✔️  You are insured!
    ✔️  And you belong to a community of like-minded professional women which are some of the most forward-thinking in the country.

 April 2019



Concern over minimum standards for the appearance industry driving change

Tattoo shops, beauty salons, cosmetic clinics, spas, nail clinics and skin piercing businesses in Lower Hutt are to be asked for their views on a new bylaw which would set health and safety standards for the appearance industry. And it is a move that is being welcomed by Regional Public Health, and many in the industry including the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals and the New Zealand Sterile Sciences Association.

The proposed “Appearance Industry Bylaw” would cover businesses where there is no regulation currently. It would not apply to health care facilities, registered medical practitioners, registered acupuncturists, or pharmacies as these services are already subject to industry and professional standards.

“Unlike many countries there is no law in New Zealand that regulates the appearance industry. It is up to councils to set minimum standards in regulations that apply to the businesses operating in their local authority,” says Dean Bentley Environmental Team Leader Hutt City Council.

“While many businesses have good policies and practices to prevent clients getting infections or cuts, others do not. In some situations, operators are not aware that the way they have been doing things is no longer best practice and potentially puts people at risk. We need to look at setting standards that protect customers so they can feel confident in the services they are purchasing,” says Bentley. 

The proposed bylaw would assist in promoting and protecting public health by requiring people and premises providing appearance services to comply with minimum standards for sterilisation and hygiene. These requirements would reduce the risk of injury, transference of communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV/Aids, viral, bacterial or fungal skin or wound infections. The bylaw would also outline a licencing process involving inspection and certification by Council’s environmental health team.

To assist with the development of the bylaw a ‘pre-consultation’ phase is being held until 31 May 2019. This allows Hutt City Council to consider feedback before drafting a formal bylaw which would be formally consulted on.

Information on the pre-consultation underway on the Appearance Industry Bylaw can be found here:


28 March 2019

 Re: Regulations with the Nail Industry

Kim Ryan talks to NewsHub





25 February 2019



Re: Vocational Education Reform

The Government has presented a proposal to reform the current vocational education system, including apprenticeship training and training offered by Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.

At this point, it is only a proposal and there is a six-week consultation period to get feedback from students and industries.

For further information in regards to the proposed changes and links for feedback submission, please visit the Ministry of Education website, through the link below.

We recommend you be a part of this conversation for the future of our industry.