'Plain common sense' - Peters wants military planes to pick up seasonal workers

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Wed, 16 Sep 2020, 9:10AM
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'Plain common sense' - Peters wants military planes to pick up seasonal workers

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 16 Sep 2020, 9:10AM

Winston Peters has suggested using military aircraft, to bring seasonal workers from the Pacific into New Zealand to work in orchards.

Peters, who is also New Zealand's Foreign Minister, said that New Zealand's military could be doing "so much more" to prevent more economic damage in the horticulture sector.

The Foreign Minister says getting commercial airliners to Pacific countries hasn't been possible.

Peters says there's still a large pool of seasonal workers who haven't returned home.

But he told Mike Hosking if that pool of workers can't cover the horticulture labour shortage, the Government needs to be taking proactive action.

"When push comes to shove, they will end up with a crop that you can't supply the local workplace for. We have to get our exports going, it's just plain common sense."

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