To extend low skilled visas or not, recruit/train NZers

From First Up, 5:51 am on 8 July 2020

Kiwis first - or continue to support non-citizens already here. It's the debate raging over who should be prioritised when it comes to jobs. Amid mounting pressure, the government yesterday announced the 16 thousand 500 people on temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020, will have their visas extended by six months. And about 600 lower-skilled visa holders who are subject to a 12-month stand-down period and were going to have to leave, will also be able to stay for the duration of the extension. But Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says employers longer term focus should be on recruiting and training New Zealanders. Shortly we'll be joined by former Immigration Minister Tuariki Delamere, who now runs an immigration consultancy. But first, Matthew Tukaki is the Chair of the National Maori Authority, he was also formerly the head of recruitment company Drake International Australia.