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Lift In Overseas Workers Delights Orchardists

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Hawke’s Bay’s booming apple industry will be watching closely to see where an additional 1750 overseas workers will be stationed – as they hope to head off a repeat of this year’s ‘apple-picking crisis’.

Nine months ago the Ministry of Social Development declared a month-long seasonal labour shortage in the industry at the peak of the apple-picking season.

The Government has now said New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme cap will increase by 1750 to 12,850.

“New Zealand’s RSE scheme is a ground-breaking initiative introduced by the previous Labour Government in 2007, helping meet labour shortages in some of New Zealand’s most important industries while providing economic support to our Pacific neighbours,” Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said.

Photo: Pacific workers in Hawke’s Bay

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Posted: 14 November 2018

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