NZ RSE ex­ten­sion only in­cludes Kiri­bati and Tu­valu

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New Zealand is not likely to be call­ing on more Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries to pro­vide labour for its fish­ing fleet, other than Tu­valu and Kiri­bati. A pi­lot pro­ject ex­tend­ing the Recog­nised Sea­sonal Em­ployer Scheme re­cruits trained fish­er­men from Tu­valu and Kiri­bati to work on New Zealand’s fish­ing boats. New Zealand’s Eco­nomic Am­bas­sador to the re­gion Shane Jones said grad­u­ates were be­ing re­cruited from the Kiri­bati Mar­itime Col­lege.

Mr Jones said, de­spite wider in­ter­est, the pro­ject was not likely to be ex­tended to other coun­tries. “The mo­ment that many of the other Pa­cific lead­ers heard about the pi­lot, they im­me­di­ately put their hands up as well. “But I have pointed out to them, the fo­cus is on deal­ing with the grad­u­ates of these mar­itime col­leges which do con­sume an im­por­tant part of our in­ter­na­tional aid bud­get,” Mr Jones said.

One of the coun­tries that says it is keen to con­trib­ute to New Zealand’s fish­eries sec­tor is Van­u­atu. RNZI

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