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    Will there be any need for WHV applications if this is put in place, as they will possibly be taking a lot of the jobs that would normally have gone to applicants who currently fill the slots while looking for something more permanent?

    NZ may open short-stay jobs to islanders

    03 April 2006

    The Government is considering a plan to open New Zealand temporarily to unskilled migrants from the Pacific Islands to save our smaller neighbours from economic ruin. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said that, while Australia was less keen on the idea, raised by Pacific Forum leaders at a meeting in Papua New Guinea (PNG) last year, he saw potential in it.

    "We have extraordinarily similar approaches (in the Pacific), but, in some ways, our approaches are unique," Peters told The Press. "On the question of labour mobility, New Zealand is prepared to look at, in a very cautious way, its potential to help both ourselves and depopulated Pacific Islands, in some cases, overpopulated parts of our near neighbourhood as well."

    Peters, who was a controversial pick for foreign minister after last year's elections, has said he will make the Pacific a major focus of his time in office. He has in the past been accused by critics of being anti-immigration. The Pacific Plan ? a 10-year roadmap for growth in the region ? adopted in October made the suggestion that their should be increased labour mobility in the region, including granting temporary work permits for islanders wanting to work in Australia and New Zealand.

    Prime Minister Helen Clark and John Howard of Australia were cool to the idea at the time, prompting grumbling about racial bias from leaders who said Europeans were granted the right to work on holiday visas in both countries. Clark expressed concern temporary visas could lead to an increase in illegal workers, but said New Zealand would look at the idea. Island leaders argued such a scheme would enable labourers to send money back home and boost island economies. Peters said that did not necessarily open the door to overstayers.

    "I believe that in tandem with sovereign governments in an agreed approach on the question of mobility and return to the island after a time in New Zealand so others can come, organised from the local village level, it is a policy that could work," he said. "If it is organised at a governmental level, sometimes such is the contempt for government that they have no compulsion to come back home. But if it's organised by their local church and chieftainship and the local authorities that is a significant constraint on people on obeying the agreed plan and allowing others to take part in the mobility arrangements. That has not been tried before, but I think it has got potential," Peters said.

    Officials from the Department of Labour and the Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the merits of opening New Zealand to thousands of temporary migrant labourers. But asked about Peters' comments, Clark said they were in line with what she had said at the Pacific Forum. "The comments are in line with what I said in PNG. New Zealand has never ruled out the idea, and it is pointed out that we do have a Pacific access quota and are prepared to discuss the matter with island governments."

    Besides New Zealand and Australia, other Pacific Forum countries include PNG, Fiji, the Solomons, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nauru, Palau and Niue. Peters said small Pacific island states were looking to New Zealand for help and in many cases regarded it as more focused on the Pacific than Australia.

    "They do. Auckland is the biggest Pacific Island city in the world," he said. "I think they see that we are more focused on the Pacific, while they see Australia more focused elsewhere as well. It is not a criticism of Australia."

    A report commissioned by Australia's Federal Government and released in January outlined the extent of the labour problem in the Pacific. It found that the plight of Pacific island nations had become so dire that urgent remedies, notably moving abroad in search of job opportunities, were for many essential to keep them viable.
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    I think eventually, they (Pacific islands) will only be able to come to NZ to work for certain kind of jobs. The approval of the visas will be based on similar job shortages list or confined to certain areas.


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