DEAR EDITOR, quoting Radio New Zealand – June 11, 2018; “A New Zealand fruit grower has clarified that his company helps pay for the airfares of all its Solomon Islands workers to come to New Zealand, because they cannot afford to do so themselves, and they then reimburse the company half of the cost.
“John Van Vliet who runs an apple and pear export business in Wairarapa made the clarification after one of his workers was quoted saying she was only left with $75 dollars after the reimbursements, rent and living expenses.
“Mr Van Vliet said the reimbursements for half of the cost of the airfares met by his company were normally all paid up in the first three weeks.
“He said all his workers receive their full pay and entitlements throughout the season.
“Mr Van Vliet said at the end of the season his company helps workers who would like to return the following year by again paying half of the cost of their airfares.
“He said without this assistance the workers would not be able to come and work in New Zealand.
“John Van Vliet is full of praise for his Solomon Islands workers and he is increasing the number he employs next season.
“He said his business and the industry could not do without the Pacific labour force made available under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme” [email protected] Radio New Zealand