New Zealand: First of 2000 Pacific workers arriving from Samoa

Up to 2000 people from the Pacific region will arrive in New Zealand in the next few months; the first of Samoa's 780-strong workforce linked with the Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme landed in Auckland this weekend.

The rest of the island nation's group will arrive on flights on Thursday, next Monday and next Friday and will spend 14 days in managed isolation before travelling to different parts of the country to start work. Samoa has had no reported Covid cases since late last year and the country has yet to experience community transmission of the virus.

The arrivals will be welcome news to many growers and farmers who have experienced a shortage of workers - and therefore rotting fruit or product - in the last few months due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.


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