Samoa seasonal workers

Measles epidemic taking toll on Samoan seasonal workers

Jerf van Beek said many Samoan RSE workers had been affected by the impact of the epidemic on their families back home.

"Funerals are a very important part in the Samoan culture and we know it's very expensive," Mr van Beek said.

"We as an industry really want to support our RSE workers who are being affected by it, that they are able to come to New Zealand, earn the money and actually take it back again, under a very taxing situation."

So far, one Samoan worker in Hawke's Bay, has contracted measles. This worker was isolated and had since recovered.

Samoa Govt anticipates new seasonal work openings abroad

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, has predicted at least 600 new seasonal job openings for Samoans in New Zealand.

That comes as New Zealand looks to increase the cap on numbers of seasonal workers by over 3000 to 16,000 over the next two years.

Samoa has about 2500 workers on New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

Lautafi is also enthused about new opportunities in Australia's Pacific Labour Scheme, Talamua reports.

Extra-marital affairs issue for Samoa seasonal workers 'manageable'

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour raised concerns following family members' complaints and posts on social media.

The ministry's chief executive, Pulotu Chu Ling, told Talamua Online his office had investigated the complaints it had received.

While there were still minor problems, it was now manageable, Pulotu said.

The ministry relays concerns to the liaison officer for the seasonal worker scheme on the ground in New Zealand, he said.