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Hospitality New Zealand says it's at a loss over comments from the new Immigration Minister.
Michael Wood has accepted some concerns the sector's raised over foreign worker shortages.
But he says businesses should be considering how to make low-wage jobs with insecure working conditions more attractive places to work.
Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive Julie White told Mike Hosking they're certainly paying more than they were, with average hourly rates in the sector above $24.
She says they need government help in accessing more migrant workers to fill gaps.