23 May 2008

Samoa government to appoint liaison officer for New Zealand seasonal work scheme

1:42 pm on 23 May 2008

The Samoa government will appoint a liaison officer to handle all matters for its people in New Zealand working under the recognised seasonal employment scheme

The New Zealand government will fund the new post.

The four other Pacific Island countries that are part of the scheme will also have liaison officers under the new measure.

The officials will look after the needs of the workers while in New Zealand and will be an intermediary on any issue relating to the scheme.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that another four Samoan workers have been sent home from New Zealand because of alcohol related incidents.

The CEO of the Samoa Prime Minister's Office, Auseuga'efa Va'asatia, says this shows the Government is maintaining its stance of zero tolerance on any breach of the seasonal scheme's policy.