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Government concerns over Tongan RSE Workers who remains in NZ unlawfully

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8 September 2011 T

he Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries is seriously concerned with the high number of Tonga RSE workers who are remaining unlawful in New Zealand since the beginning of the scheme in 2007. To date, the recorded number of absconders from Tonga have reduced from twenty-three and currently standing at twenty-one (21) with another over-staying worker due to voluntary return this week set to reduce the number to twenty (20).

The Ministry has stepped up its appeals to families and community of origin of these workers remaining unlawful in NZ, to assist in locating and encouraging them to return home based on advice from Immigration New Zealand. The Ministry had also been engaging with the New Zealand Department of Labour throughout this year, to further step up measures with the view to reduce significantly the number by December 2011.

The RSE scheme is continuing to be an important development instrument for the people of Tonga currently securing seasonal employment for over 1,200 nationals each work season in New Zealand mobilizing at least an estimate of over TOP$ 5 million net remittances per annum into the local economy.

Government of Tonga is convinced through published independent surveys of the positive outcome of the RSE scheme to Tonga including improvements to participating families' general standard of living, contributions to churches and community obligations.

As part of the stepped up measures, the Ministry is undertaking to announce herewith to the public the names of the twenty-one (21) RSE workers whom are remaining unlawfully in NZ, their village of registered origin in Tonga, and suspected location in New Zealand.

The New Zealand authorities have also been requested to assist and consider the announced names to be subject of track for deportation, and for targeted enforcements.

The Ministry again, further wishes to appeal to the public, communities including Tongan communities in New Zealand for their assistance and confidential advice if they know about the whereabouts or any leads to any of these unlawful RSE workers to contact:

  • Immigration New Zealand (NZ) Free phone Number 0508 55 88 55
  • INZ website http://www.crimestoppers-nz.org/ Free phone Number 0800 555 111
  • Sefita Haoli (Tonga's RSE Liaison Officer) in Auckland at +64 274 531 000
  • Direct contact to the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries at any office branch in Tongatapu, Vava'u, Ha'apai, ‘Eua & Niuatoputapu or call our main office in Nuku'alofa at telephone number +676 23 688

No.

NAME(s)

COMMUNITY IN TONGA

SUSPECT LOCATION IN NZ

UNLAWFUL SINCE...

1

Teisina Pousini

Haveluloto, Tt

Auckland

4 Dec 2008

2

Loko Fotu

Leimatu'a, Vv

Auckland

14 May 2009

3

Manase Lisala

Leimatu'a

(Not known)

14 May 2009

4

Tioni Tupou Samiu

Leimatu'a

Hamilton

14 May 2009

5

Vainikolo Talakai

Leimatu'a

Otahuhu

14 May 2009

6

Veioso Liumei Vea

Leimatu'a

Mangere

14 May 2009

7

Viliami Kokohu

Leimatu'a

Not known

14 May 2009

8

Vaea Alamoti

Kolofo'ou, Tt

Not known

14 May 2009

9

Itilani Latu

(not yet available)

Not known

14 May 2009

10

Sitiveni Lupeitu'u

(not yet available)

Not known

14 May 2009

11

Hosea Manumu'a

Leimatu'a, Vv

Not known

10 June 2009

12

Koli Vaiaku

Leimatu'a

Not known

10 June 2009

13

Lafaele Fa'asolo

Leimatu'a

Not known

10 June 2009

14

Talanoa Fangalahi

Leimatu'a

Not known

10 June 2009

15

Viliami Faiva'ilo

Nuapapu, Vv

Manurewa

10 June 2009

16

Mosese Ula

Fatai,Tt

Not known

10 June 2009

17

Misiona Afu

Holonga , Vv

Waikato/Hamilton

3 July 2009

18

Ataata Finau

Afa, Tt

Not known

28 Aug 2009

19

Miko Ekonomika

Longomapu, Vv

Waikato/Hamilton

25 Feb 2010

20

Seli Kata

Sapa'ata, Nt

Not known

15 May 2010

21

Sosaia Faka'osifolau

Fahefa, Tt

Not known

14 Apr 2011

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:15 )  

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