04 December 2006

NZ: Central Hawkes Bay added to regions with absolute labour shorages

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Immigration New Zealand have announced that visitors looking to undertake employment under the Seasonal Work Permit policy are now able to do so in Central Hawkes Bay.

The Ministry of Social Development has identified Central Hawkes Bay 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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