As New Zealand nears the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the struggle for equality continues for so many women – Minimum gives them a voice.
Presented with humour, power and honesty, Minimum highlights women’s experiences in minimum-wage or undervalued work, demonstrating their strength and resilience.
Minimum asks the viewer: Is this okay?
Minimum started its life in 2015 with a research grant from the Emerging Artists Trust, who supported Kathleen to interview 14 women on-camera about their work experiences.
With a further grant from Wellington City Council’s Creative Communities Scheme, Kathleen was able to bring a team of animators on board to make a ‘pilot episode’, which eventuated into becoming the tenth episode of the series
Minimum was funded by NZ On Air and produced for RNZ by Notable Pictures and with the support of Loading Docs.
Watch the episodes here:
Charmaine and Victoria The Cleaners
Victoria and Charmaine are confronted with demoralising and dangerous environments every day in their work as cleaners, and it’s rare to spend time with their kids.View more
Lavinia The Security Guard
Lavinia’s job is to keep strangers safe, but does her job provide the safety she needs to live?View more
Tarannum and Shreya The Working Students
To survive while studying, Shreya and Tarrannum must accept unsustainable target-based bonus schemes instead of pay rises.View more
Sheree The Budgeter
Paid only 50c more than minimum wage in her role at a rest home, Sheree must become a master budgeter to support her child.View more
Anonymous The Migrant Worker
Hopes for a better quality of life are quickly dashed when an anonymous migrant is subjected to racism, sexism and abuse in her hospitality job.View more
Jadwiga The Call Centre Operator
An obsession with efficiency in Jadwiga’s call centre job takes its toll on her mental health.View more
Roszanne The Rest Home Worker
For rest home worker Roszanne her minimum wage job forces sacrifices from the practical to the deeply emotional.View more
Vanessa and Linda The Teacher Aides
Highly skilled teacher aides Linda and Vanessa are determined to fight for pay equity till the end.View more
Wendy The Bus Driver
Unsafe working conditions and low pay, demand bus driver Wendy to take action.View more