Changes to seasonal work visas have given Kiwi growers a lifeline for dealing with labour shortages, but wineries may still miss out.
Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced on Tuesday a Supplementary Seasonal Employment visa will be automatically given to about 11,000 working holiday visa holders in New Zealand to help fill labour shortages in the horticulture and wine growing industries.
It will apply to those with visas expiring between November 1 and March 31, and will extend their visas to June 30.
“While unemployment is increasing due to the [Covid-19] pandemic’s disruption, a lot of this is occurring in urban centres away from seasonal work,” Faafoi said.
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