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Pacific Trades Partnership team in Tonga

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26th July, 2018 A group of New Zealand employers from Downer New Zealand and Trade staff is in Nuku’alofa this week, together with staff from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, to recruit Tongan carpenters and hammer hands as part of the Pacific Trades Partnership.

The Pacific Trades Partnership initiative is focused on recruiting skilled trade workers from the Pacific to assist New Zealand companies facing labour shortages, and is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  It builds on the success of the Canterbury Reconstruction pilot 2016-2017 which brought Pacific carpenters to New Zealand following the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.

The Tonga Institute of Science and Technology, with support from the Tongan Ministry of Internal Affairs, is assisting the employers with interviewing and screening 24 Tongan applicants.  Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in carpentry-related short-term employment opportunities in New Zealand where they will be able to gain new skills and earn money to send home to support their families.

The initiative is initially focusing on recruitment from Tonga and Samoa and aims to provide work placements for 40-50 Pacific workers.

For further information, please contact:
Olivia Pepa
Public Diplomacy and Policy Adviser
New Zealand High Commission Nuku’alofa | Te Aka Aorere
T +676 23-122 E This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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