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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 24) – New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said his country is considering recruiting seasonal workers from Pacific Island countries.

Peters told a media conference yesterday that New Zealand had a different view from Australia regarding the proposal pushed by Island leaders to have some of their unemployed citizens engaged as casual workers in farms in Australia and New Zealand.

Also attending the media conference in Port Moresby was acting Prime Minister Sir Moi Avei.

Australia is against employing seasonal farm workers from the Pacific Islands.

He said the seasonal work program would prove an advantage for both New Zealand and the participating countries. Peters said the plan would be to recruit a member of a family and when they return, another family member is recruited to give everybody the chance to work in New Zealand.

The New Zealand government is yet to discuss and debate the proposal.

May 25, 2006

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