Tuesday, July 5, 2011

[pima.nius] NZ Tongans unhappy at overstayers

11:26 AM |

NZ Tongans unhappy at overstayers

Updated July 5, 2011 16:27:30

Tongans in New Zealand are unhappy that several Tongan workers have disappeared after participating in a regional seasonal work program.

24 Tongans are now on the run after coming to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme, which brings people from several Pacific countries to work temporarily in New Zealand, mainly in the horticultural industry.

Australia runs a similar scheme.

The Tongan government has been warned the country could be removed from the scheme entirely if the number of Tongan workers who overstay isn't reduced.

The chair of the New Zealand Tongan Advisory Council, Melino Maka, says that the majority of New Zealand Tongans have no sympathy for the overstayers.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Melino Maka, chair of the New Zealand Tongan Advisory Council


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