15 Jan 2021

Samoan seasonal workers prepare to leave for NZ

11:54 am on 15 January 2021

More than 150 Samoan seasonal workers will leave Samoa in a few weeks for New Zealand.

Samoa's Ministry of Commerce and Industry said 600 more workers will begin orientation training soon and will travel on two more flights before the end of this month.

The workers will be employed by six companies in horticulture, and all travel and accommodation is being provided by these companies, according to Ministry official Lemalu Nele Leilua.

"These expenses are paid by the companies and do not affect the workers take home pay," she said.

Radio 2AP reported Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will meet with the group to offer advice on work ethics as well as on health and social issues that threaten the continuation of the scheme.

Tuilaepa recently voiced his concern with issues affecting the workers, especially with alcohol consumption.

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Photo: Samoa govt