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Eight migrants working illegally have been detained by Immigration officers following a swoop with police in Northland.
The one Malaysian and seven Thai nationals remain in custody in Whangarei pending deportation.
Immigration New Zealand says the eight had originally come to New Zealand as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme - but were now working illegally.
Compliance Branch Manager, Dean Blakemore, says he hopes it serves as a warning to employers that they must make basic checks on seasonal workers before they employ them.