by Alan Ah Mu
APIA:WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2013: The New Zealand government should help find jobs for migrants eligible for residence there under the Quota ballot.
Sagaga Le Usoga MP, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him suggested such a move to make it easier for applicants to meet the compulsory Quota requirement to find a job in New Zealand before they may move there to live.
Successful applicants are randomly selected by computer under the Quota ballet.
But many of them complain they spend much money in unsuccessful job searches.
“Documents confirming jobs turn out to be bogus or expire,” Muagututagata told Parliament.
“One mother complained over radio of having spent $6 000 without success,” he said.
“It makes the Quota a waste of time,” the Associate Minister said.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi told Parliament he discussed with his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, the suggestion for a family’s breadwinner migrating first to secure a job.
If successful then the rest of the family can go over.
“Many in New Zealand are looking for work and go to Australia to do so,” Tuilaepa said.
“If it weren’t for the Protocol agreement between the two countries, New Zealand would’ve put a stop to migrants,” he said.
The agreement created the Quota system under which 1,100 Samoans a year may reside in New Zealand provided they get a job there.
At times work documents are submitted but New Zealand officials can’t find the employer stated in them, Tuilaepa said.
Successful applicants in the 2013 Samoan Quota ballot were announced two days ago by New Zealand Immigration.
The 1100 places available under the Quota haven’t been filled over the past few years.
Jobs are harder to find in New Zealand because of the impact of the Global Financial Crisis, said NZ High Commissioner Jackie Frizell.
But things are improving with workers in demand in Christchurch, the biggest city in the South Island of New Zealand.
“In particular, the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake is providing work for tradesmen and construction workers from all over New Zealand and overseas,” Her Excellency Frizell said.
“On top of this, Auckland Council and the Government recently announced a target of building 39 000 houses in Auckland over the next three years,” she said.
“This is a huge increase from the existing building rate, and will only be achieved if the number of construction workers can be boosted quickly.”