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Thursday 17 June 2021

Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt

4th June 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.

Speaking at the New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen conference in Dunedin on Thursday,  the parliamentary under-secretary to the minister responsible for oceans and fisheries, Rino Tirikatene, said he wanted to see that dependence reduce.

“Covid-19 has shown how starkly dependent some aspects of the commercial fishing sector is on foreign workers and I understand you have an industry transition plan to reduce this reliance,” Tirikatene said.

“I am aware, and supportive of the ongoing work to develop a capable domestic workforce with sufficient capacity to meet current and future needs, and I look forward to seeing ongoing progress on this matter.”

Read Tirikatene’s full speech here.



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