Primary Sector

Fruit-picking subsidy flops as Kiwis stay put

Dan Moskovitz
Tue, 27 Apr 2021

A lack of pickers and pruners is hitting the horticultural sector hard (Pic: supplied).
Dan Moskovitz
Tue, 27 Apr 2021
The government’s Seasonal Work Scheme subsidising jobseekers has lured just 195 new fruit pickers to move to where work is.Pre-pandemic, temporary migrant workers from the Pacific Islands were the backbone of the horticultural seasonal workforce but with border closures preventing their entry, the government tried to attract New Zealanders to where the work was. Announced in November, the SWS aimed to fill the shortage by giving financial aid and support to people relocating for horticultural work. This was alongside other measures,...

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