Hospitality New Zealand welcomes the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to
allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.
“This is great news for the hospitality sector with the start of the high season just two months away,” says Chief
Executive Julie White.
“This is a practical and sensible approach by the Government.
“It’s rare good news for desperate operators who needed to know early that their skilled chefs, duty managers, and wait
staff will be available in this most vital of seasons, and that they will have access to others as they become
“Summer trading is key to carrying many operators through winter, and after last summer failed to live up to
expectations and threw them into a very tough winter, we really do need this one to be a good one.
“With borders remaining closed, to not have those skilled staff available would have meant a repeat of this year.
“It may still be like that for many operators, but this could give them a fighting chance.
“They will now be able to have a slightly more relaxed Christmas knowing they are likely to get the staff they need.
“Employing New Zealanders first remains a top priority for our industry, and Hospitality New Zealand is doing all it can
to train people through its online Typsy programme, but that all takes time, and in the meantime, and while the borders
remained closed, we need our onshore migrant workforce to keep us going.”
Hospitality New Zealand is Aotearoa’s leading nationwide hospitality industry association covering commercial accommodation and food and
beverage businesses. It is a not-for-profit organisation that supports over 3,000 members. To find out more visit www.hospitality.org.nz
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