3 Oct 2019

Tonga seasonal worker dies on Tasmanian berry farm

9:24 am on 3 October 2019

A Tongan man has died on an Australian farm while working in that country's Seasonal Worker Program.

Kalolo Kuea passed away at the Driscoll berry production company in Tasmania.

His death has shocked the tight-knit Tongan community in the area as well as family and friends.

The cause of Mr Kuea's death has yet to be released.

Fifteen Pacific islanders have reportedly died in the program since it began 10 years ago.

Brisbane's Courier-Mail reports extreme neglect was a factor in the earlier deaths.