26 Jun 2013

NZ MP critical of government inaction over Samoan unemployment

3:05 pm on 26 June 2013

A New Zealand opposition MP has criticised the government's lack of action over the unemployment rate of Samoans.

Labour's Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su'a William Sio also says the quota ballot system under which Samoan migrants arrive is difficult to access.

Last week, a Samoan MP said Samoans migrating to New Zealand were treated like refugees, and spent large amounts of money while having to jump through hoops.

Su'a says people in New Zealand tell him the same and the Pacific community in New Zealand has an unemployment rate more than double the national level.

"Either the jobs are not there or they find that the promised level of income doesn't eventuate and therefore they then become reliant on their families here in New Zealand. And that makes things worse because it puts pressure on families living here who are already under pressure in these economic conditions and these people are not eligible for any kind of support."

Su'a William Sio.