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Those who attended Hon. Grant Robertson’s 2021 Budget Discussion with the HB Chamber will be well aware of how hard our region has been hit by the lack of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers since the start of the pandemic.

A govenrment announcement this week will allow seasonal workers to travel to New Zealand from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu without undergoing a two-week stay in managed isolation.

The Government is keen to get the arrangement in place before September but the decision has only been made in principle by Cabinet.

The new travel corridor is aimed at helping industries reliant on seasonal workers from the Pacific, such as horticulture, and is part of a wider Government push to design a path out of the pandemic.

HB Chamber will provide further updates as we know more, details expected next week.

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