Cheers erupted in the Christchurch Council chambers, as the living wage was adopted yesterday.
A group of supporters of the wage campaign waited anxiously as voting was carried out by councillors.
Living wage steering committee spokeswoman Karena Brown says they were overwhelmed and are happy that the full implementation of the wage has been put through council.
The wage is set at $19.80 per hour compared to the minimum wage rate of $15.75. The wage rate will increase to $20.20 per hour from July 1, 2017.
The Greater Wellington Regional Council unanimously voted to become a living wage employer in 2016, while Auckland Council followed suit in June this year with a stepped approach that will see all staff be paid at least $18 per hour from September, increasing each year until 2019. NZN