Govt ponders bigger Pacific seasonal quota

  • 03/06/2014

The Government is considering allowing more Pacific Island seasonal workers to come to New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key says.

Currently about 8000 are allowed in each year.

They work in horticulture during the fruit picking season and send most of their earnings home.

Mr Key is visiting Samoa, where villagers asked him to increase the quota, Radio New Zealand reports.

He said the cabinet was considering an increase and the number could go up to about 10,000.

Earlier today Mr Key announced the Government was giving Samoa $1 million to help build its tourism sector.

The money will be used by the Samoa Tourism Authority to upgrade important visitor attractions and improve access to them.

"The higher quality and more accessible visitor attractions will improve the tourist experience and should help increase income for local businesses and communities," Mr Key said yesterday.

The money will also help Samoa's tourism sector rebuild after Cyclone Eva and develop a five-year plan for the industry.

"New Zealand and Samoa have a strong relationship, underpinned by the many New Zealanders of Samoan descent living in New Zealand, so it's important that we support economic development in the region," Mr Key said.

He leaves Samoa later to visit Tonga and then Niue.

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