Farmers and hospitality disappointed to not be allocated MIQ spaces

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 May 2021, 3:49PM

Farmers and hospitality disappointed to not be allocated MIQ spaces

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 May 2021, 3:49PM

The government's making space in managed isolation to get skilled and critical workers into the country.

Over the next 10 months, 500 spaces per fortnight will be allocated to support New Zealand's economic recovery.

Three hundred seasonal workers will be able to arrive each month from June, 2400 in total by next March.

There's also an allocation for construction workers, international students and refugees.COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says they need to balance seasonal and strategic skills shortages, using spaces freed up by the trans-Tasman bubble.

But dairy farmers and the hospitality sector are disappointed the government is not allocating MIQ spaces to workers who could help.

Federated Farmers Immigration spokesman Chris Lewis and restaurateurs Chand Sahrawat and her husband Sid, told Kerre McIvor they’re disappointed with the announcement.

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