Tonga Hopes To Boost Overseas Seasonal Workers Numbers

admin's picture

About 3,000 workers earned over US$20 million during last year

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 3, 2014) – The Tonga government is hoping to significantly increase the numbers of workers travelling to New Zealand and Australia under the temporary seasonal employment schemes.

Under the schemes in each country's horticulture sectors, Tonga has provided nearly 3,000 workers in the past year.

The chief executive of Tonga's ministry of internal affairs, Lopeti Senituli, says these workers earned more than US$20 million and remitted about half of that to the country.

He says the impact is significant and the government wants to send more.

Mr Senituli says there are already another 1500 people registered, wanting to go.

"There is also pressure or requests from the Ha'apai Islands, which have recently been struck by Tropical Cyclone Ian for placements for workers from the islands affected and overall it is the government's intention to do its best to increase the numbers from Tonga."

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment