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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has encouraged people to think about whether a four-day work week could fit their workplaces.

Ardern spoke in a Facebook live video on a visit to Rotorua, which she said was the first place outside Wellington she had visited since New Zealand came out of lockdown.

The tourism industry was working hard to focus on renewing its offers for the domestic market, she said, and the Government was also working towards a trans-Tasman bubble with Australia.

But she said other ideas were being “bounced around” that could have merit to get New Zealanders travelling around the country.

That included more public holidays – an idea that has been rejected by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters – and a four-day working week.

She said people had reported that they would travel around New Zealand more if they had the flexibility of leave to do so.

The four-day week has been promoted in New Zealand by Perpetual Guardian, which found that it boosted productivity among its staff by 20 per cent.

In January, Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said the Government supported workers and businesses working together to make their workplaces more flexible.


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