Kerre McIvor nails it:
More than 63,000 fit, capable, work-ready New Zealanders are looking for jobs, so why are we importing workers?
Between 2011 and last year, more than 23,000 Filipinos were granted temporary visas to work on New Zealand farms, because, apparently, there were no Kiwis to do the jobs. Yet Government stats state there are.
I can understand why overseas workers might be brought in to work in industries or professions where years of specialist training is required.
But being a good farm worker requires little more than basic common sense and a willingness to work. And the furore over the faked Filipino work visas proves that. It is believed one in three of the thousands of Filipino farmer workers is here with faked documents.
Farmers are beside themselves as this is one of the busiest times of year. They say the Filipino workers may not have had experience before they arrived, but they have proved invaluable and losing them would be devastating for their businesses. Read more »