Support for Central Otago labour shortage
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the Government was doing all that it could to support Central Otago fruit growers struggling with a seasonal labour shortage.
“When the Ministry for Social Development declared a seasonal labour market shortage for January and early February 2016, it was important support was provided.
“Immigration New Zealand is now able to approve a variation of conditions for visitors to New Zealand who already hold a visitor visa, providing they meet the qualifications criteria.
“This is about the Government supporting Central Otago growers and ensuring that they have enough people on the ground at harvest time to get the job done.
“While employing New Zealanders is a priority, this is about stream-lining the process to allow overseas people the opportunity to work on a short-term basis and support Central Otago growers.
“Overseas visitors can now approach Immigration NZ and apply for a variation, and if approved, can gain work in Central Otago for the six-week harvest period.”
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru