27 Oct 2016

Solomon Islanders off for seasonal jobs

4:57 pm on 27 October 2016

More than 80 Solomon Islanders have left for Australia and New Zealand to take part in seasonal workers programmes over the next six months.

29 have travelled to Darwin while the other 55 will work in various farms around New Zealand, engaging mostly in fruit picking.

The Solomons' Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the numbers taking part in the programmes is increasing due to market intelligence identifying the needs of employers and a cohesive relationship with Australian companies.

The workers received pre-departure training in which they were encouraged to perform well, respect the laws and cultures of their host countries and to represent their nation with pride.

Solomon Islands is expected to send more than 300 workers to New Zealand before the end of the year.

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Photo: RNZ/Johnny Blades