'Using military aircraft to bring seasonal workers from the Pacific into New Zealand'

NZ: Some apple growers think Minister Peters' suggestion isn't a bad idea

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has suggested using military aircraft to bring seasonal workers from the Pacific into New Zealand to work. The Foreign Minister says getting commercial airliners to Pacific countries hasn't been possible.

Peters says there's still a large pool of seasonal workers who haven't returned home, but also told Mike Hosking if that pool of workers can't cover the horticulture labour shortage, the government needs to be taking proactive action.

Newstalkzb.co.nz quoted Paul Paynter, general manager of Yummy Fruit, as saying it is a reasonable idea, as foreigners pick about 70 per cent of their apple crop and labor shortages are still pressing.


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