Samoa sends more seasonal workers to NZ

Samoa continues to send workers to New Zealand under the seasonal workers scheme with 150 more preparing to leave January 21st.

Radio 2AP reports Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will meet with the group to offer advice on work ethics as well as health and social issues that threaten the continuation of the scheme.

Tuilaepa has recently voiced his concern with alcohol consumption.

A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry says 600 more workers will begin orientation training soon and will travel on two more flights before the end of January.

Lemalu Nele Leilua said only experienced workers are being recruited to cut down on initial training time when they arrive.

The workers are employed by six companies in horticulture and all travel and accommodation are provided by the companies.

“These expenses are paid by the companies and do not affect the workers take home pay,” said Lemalu.