Seminars on immigration
A leading immigration advisor is encouraging New Zealand farmers to unite and take a stand against the stand down, —New Zealand’s immigration policy that requires low-skilled work visa holders to be stood down after three years.
Ben De’Ath, immigration advisor and managing director of The Regions, New Zealand’s only nationwide immigration and recruitment service provider, says not only is the current stand down policy unfair on hardworking migrant workers, but it places farmers in an extremely dire situation in an industry already experiencing a skilled labour shortage.
“New Zealand can’t afford to have a one-size fits all immigration policy, not when it comes to the dairy industry,” says Ben.
“Rural communities are not the same as cities like Auckland. Their employment needs are different and that means policies need to reflect this.
“At The Regions, we work with New Zealand’s dairy farmers to recruit experienced, hardworking and reliable migrant farmworkers, mainly from the Philippines. These farmworkers come to New Zealand for a better life and to provide invaluable assistance to New Zealand’s dairy farming industry.
“The Government’s current short-sighted stand down policy will do insurmountable damage to an industry already facing extreme challenges with a shortage of skilled labour.”
Ben is speaking at a series of immigration seminars being held around the country throughout the month after the series was launched last Thursday in Northland.
The purpose of the seminars is to unite dairy farmers in taking a stand against the stand down policy and sign a petition Ben will personally deliver to Parliament.
“We want the Government to realise this is not the way forward for New Zealand’s largest contributor to the country’s economy,” says Ben.
“We hope to have 2000 signatures on a petition over the six weeks. As a company, we’re focused on finding better solutions for New Zealand’s dairy farming industry and we do not believe the stand down is one of them.”
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