24 Oct 2016

Cooks hopes NZ labourers will be attracted to the country

From , 6:02 am on 24 October 2016

The Cook Islands is trying to entice workers from New Zealand to fill a major labour shortage.

The government has put in place a special permit that will allow New Zealanders to work for up to six months at a time.

The Minister of Internal Affairs Albert Nicholas told Don Wiseman that the country has a number of major infrastructure projects due to start and it needs more labourers.

Christchurch construction.

More New Zealand labourers are wanted in the Cook Islands to help the country complete infrastructure projects. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson