03 November 2006

NZ: Marlborough added to regions with an absolute labour shortage

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Immigration New Zealand have announced that from the 6th November 2006, visitors looking to undertake employment under the Seasonal Work Permit policy will be able to do so in Marlborough.

The Ministry of Social Development has identified Marlborough as a region with an absolute labour shortage, allowing the horticulture and viticulture industries in the area access to temporary workers on Seasonal Work Permits (SWP).

The pilot scheme, introduced in December 2005, allows visitors to the country to extend their stay to take up paid work in the horticulture and viticulture industries and relieve critical labour shortages.

Seasonal work is defined as
Under the SWP policy:

As with the current policy, permits will only be granted for work in regions where the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has declared an absolute labour shortage. Presently the MSD has declared shortages in:


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