Kiwis too lazy to work

? Southland Times

It seems that Kiwi workers have a bad attitude for Kiwi employers,?preferring?instead motivated immigrants

Southland dairy farmers are finding immigrants more desirable staff than “dysfunctional” New Zealanders, a Lincoln University academic says.

University researcher Rupert Tipples said a lot of problems dairy farmers were seeing with Kiwis was that they might have a criminal record, social issues and did not want to work.

“In contrast, the migrants come in to work, make money, pay money back to their relatives, and they are highly motivated,” Dr Tipples said.

This month he invited 700 Southland dairy farmers to Winton to talk about immigrants working on dairy farms.

A Dairy Insight study he worked on in 2004 highlighted the need for immigrants in the New Zealand dairy industry.

Dairy farmers preferred employing immigrants for the entry-level jobs once deemed suitable for unemployed New Zealanders, he said.

“The unemployed New Zealanders, they have less skills and qualifications, and if you throw in something like `have you got a clean criminal record?’ All the migrants need to have that to get in the country.”

A Canterbury farmer once told Dr Tipples because of New Zealanders’ social baggage, he employed only Filipinos.

“Because you don’t have to do all the social work, [that] you have to do with the Kiwis. You’re their financial adviser, you’re their councillor and social worker, and a farmer at the same time.

“The guy said `I want to be a farmer, I don’t want to be doing all these social worker things, that’s not my stuff,’ yet that’s what comes when you have a dysfunctional Kiwi worker,” Dr Tipples said.

Most of the unemployed lived in the North Island, were young Maori and Pacific Islanders, and would not head south for work, Dr Tipples said.

“The major group of unemployment, at the highest rate these days is Maori and Pasifika youth. They probably come out of school with minimal qualifications, they probably live north of Hamilton, and the jobs are down here in Canterbury and Southland.”