400 TONGANS GET SEASONAL WORK ON NEW ZEALAND FARMS

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NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Radio Tonga News, Nov. 7) - Four hundred Tongans have secured temporary jobs under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme in New Zealand.

This includes workers who are already in New Zealand and those who are about to leave Tonga before the first week of December.

Senior officer at the Ministry of Labour, Sione Maumau, says that 80 percent of them have been working on farms.

Training is underway in Nuku΄alofa for 20 men who will be working for Vinepower Ltd. in the North Island town of Nelson beginning in early December.

Mr. Maumau adds a similar training is being conducted for 45 people who are being recruited by Mr. Apple's company. They will leave for New Zealand on November 15th and 19th.

Meanwhile another group of 76 workers will be interviewed tomorrow by the Nelson Consortium. Thirty of them were chosen from Tongatapu and the rest from Vava΄u.

The next recruiting campaign will also include 24 women who will work as folk-lift drivers, mechanics, computer operators and couples to supervise the laborers.

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