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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 5) – Recruiting Fijians to work in New Zealand will help ease Fiji’s unemployment problem, says Fiji Minister for Labour Kenneth Zinck.

The comment comes after the Department of Labour in New Zealand announced permits for Pacific people already in New Zealand on temporary permit - pilot season work permits.

In a press statement released by the Department of Labour on December 23, New Zealand Immigration Minister David Cunliffe said New Zealand was experiencing high demand for skills and labor.

"Horticulture and viticulture are among industries being hit hardest. Employers have an ongoing challenge to recruit skilled and unskilled labor to meet demand. The seasonal work permit is designed to help the horticulture and viticulture industries in some regions which are experiencing labor shortage. The scheme will allow people from overseas in New Zealand to get a work permit," Mr. Cunliffe said.

Mr. Zinck said locals wanting to go to New Zealand to work on farms should appreciate the opportunity and return home when their term expires.

January 6, 2006

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