6 Dec 2010

Samoa PM visits NZs employers to review seasonal work scheme

12:00 pm on 6 December 2010

The Prime Minister of Samoa says he would like to see more people fromhis country employed in jobs under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

The scheme allows New Zealand employers to provide seasonal work for up to 8-thousand people a year from six Pacific Island nations.

There are currently about 12-hundred from Samoa.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been in Hawke's Bay recently, for meetings with employers.

He says they identified several issues where the scheme can be improved, including better communication between employers, Samoan government officials and potential workers.

Tuilaepa says the benefits of the scheme are already being seen in Samoa, with improved housing, and the building of new community centres and churches.