Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has brushed off concerns about Chinese aid following a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying grants and loans from the Asian superpower are “all out in the open”.
In today's email for Newsroom Pro subscribers, we look at how the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme could be expanded to include construction and tourism. We also include a fresh estimate that Auckland's housing shortage is headed over 50,000 and the latest on Auckland house prices from QV and Barfoot and Thompson, along with the usual quotes and numbers of the day and a couple of fun things.
A seasonal worker scheme providing employment for people from the Pacific has received a $10 million boost from the Government, which says it could be expanded to cover new industries like tourism and fisheries. While most are in agreement about its value for the workers, some have raised concerns about exploitation of those who come here, as Sam Sachdeva reports.