New Zealand

NZ horticulture sector hopeful of bringing Pacific workers back

Along with viticulture, the sector's usual system of employing Pacific Islanders under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme has been disrupted by the pandemic.

Pipfruit New Zealand's Trade Policy and Strategy spokesman Gary Jones says his sector is three or four thousand workers short.

He said growers believed they should be able to bring in workers from covid-free countries.

Jones said plans were in place to ensure workers who come for the seasonal work could get back home again.

Aunt left 'totally lost' after Samoan man's death in horror crash on Napier-Taupō road

The accident happened on Monday on the highway between Napier and Taupō, which police have described as one of the country's most lethal.

A convoy of three vans of seasonal workers from Hastings were travelling to Taupō for a holiday, but tragedy struck - at a turnoff to the Tarawera cafe, a popular stop along the road, one of the vans collided with a truck.

Tino Tagiilima was a passenger in the van and died at the scene.

His aunt Lofa Tuimaualuga told RNZ her brother - Tino's father who lives in Australia - called her distraught yesterday afternoon.

Samoa PM congratulates Jacinda Ardern on her re-election as NZ Prime Minister

Tuilaepa said Ardern’s re-appointment is a testament to her service in the Parliament of New Zealand and re-affirmation of the support and confidence of the people of New Zealand in your leadership.

“I wish you and your Government every success in the discharge of your High Office and mandate.”

Two Covid-19 cases confirmed on ship suspected over New Zealand case

The boat is the suspected source of an infection in a New Zealand port worker.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said all 19 crew aboard the Sofrana Surville have now been tested.

The ship was ordered to anchor off the coast of Mooloolaba instead of docking in Brisbane as planned.

The engineer's strain of Covid-19 had never before been detected in New Zealand, and has not been seen in Australia.

Pacific businesswomen says 'it's not a competition, we've got to work together'

The diverse group met in Central Auckland to participate in the Pacific Women in Business workshop run by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation. ​

Although there were differences in age, brands and experience, they all had one common goal, connection.

One of the key speakers for the event was Fonoti Agnes Loheni who co-owns Pacific fashion brand MENA.

Samoan man dead, 10 injured in crash on Napier-Taupō road

Police say the van was carrying RSE workers who were travelling from Hastings to Taupō for a holiday.

The man was in the van's passenger seat when the crash happened just before 10am yesterday (Monday).

Acting Sergeant Nathan Ross said the truck collided with the van as the van turned right into the Tarawera Cafe.

"In the van there were 10 Samoan RSE workers and one New Zealander. The New Zealand Police are currently working with the Samoan Commission to inform the families of the people in the van."

Samoan seasonal workers involved in fatal crash in New Zealand

Eleven people, including the deceased, were in the van when the crash with the truck occurred.

A statement said a number of those people in the van were Samoan nationals, who were in New Zealand working as seasonal workers.

One New Zealander was also in the van.

The New Zealand Herald reports the occupants were on their way to Taupo for a holiday.

Police are liaising with the Samoan High Commission to notify the families of those involved in today's tragic crash.

Jacinda Ardern to govern New Zealand for second term after historic victory

Ardern’s deft handling of the Covid-19 outbreak and resolute belief in science and experts was credited with earning the trust of New Zealanders, who cast early votes in record numbers, giving her party more votes than at any other election in the past five decades.

New CEO of Fred Hollows is the first Pacific woman to head Foundation

Dr Aumua joins the Foundation in January 2021 from The Pacific Community's Suva office, where she has been Deputy Director-General.

"The reputation of the Foundation [Fred Hollows] is of course incredibly well known throughout the Pacific and New Zealand, and they are a fabulous organisation and do fantastic work," she said.

"I haven't been in a sector like this before, and I'm looking forward to what I might learn and also being part of the charitable community of the region, and of course New Zealand."

Pasifika urged to use their voice this election

Advance voting has been open for five days with more than 370-thousand people already completing the ballot at the booths, and October 17 is election day.

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) said election time is a good time for the Pacific community, especially youth, to engage in what each political party stands for.

"Pacific families must have honest conversations with each other about what the benefits are for different policy options," according to the acting Chief Executive of the PCF Fiso John Fiso.