This news will rip the y-fronts of Labour, since they always bang in about those at the bottom not enjoying bigger payrises.
If you were asked to imagine the type of household that has experienced the biggest pay boost this year, you might not pick minimum wage workers.
But new data shows that it is the lowest-earning people in New Zealand who saw the biggest boost to their pay packets over the past 12 months.
Recent data from Statistics NZ showed that, nationwide, earnings across self-employed, employed and those on government benefits increased 5 per cent year-on-year in the June quarter.
The median weekly earnings from paid employment rose $44 to reach $924 a week between June 2015 and June 2016. That is the largest percentage increase since 2007.
But looking further into the data, of those on wages and salaries, those earning less than $500 a week had the biggest year-on-year percentage pay rise, up 4.8 per cent between June 2015 and 2016.
The median income for that bracket increased from $271 a week to $284.
That was followed by a 2.6 per cent increase for those earning between $500 and $770. The median income in that bracket is now $670, compared to $653 a year ago.
Everyone earning more than $770 as week is now earning marginally less than they were the same time last year.