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Primary carers and or expectant mothers.
Not within the first 28 days of a child's birth.

If your employer agrees, you can use keeping in touch hours while you're on paid parental leave. 

Birth date or due date (whichever is later) or date the child comes in to your care Maximum keeping in touch hours
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020 52 hours over the 22-week paid parental leave period
On or after 1 July 2020 64 hours over the 26-week paid parental leave period

Keeping in touch hours cannot be used within the first 28 days after your baby is born.

If you are self-employed, you can do occasional oversight or administration of your business without losing your entitlement.

For more information about keeping in touch hours visit Employment New Zealand's website.

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