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'This just cannot happen': $9.5 billion at risk as horticulture sector struggles to fill $25-an-hour jobs

horticulture sector struggles to fill $25-an-hour jobs

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[12 September, Stuff NZ]

The shortage of horticultural workers due to the covid-19 border restriction is putting the sector at risk, and the Hawke’s Bay alone will need around 10,000 seasonal workers starting from next month, according to NZ Apples and Pears chief executive Alan Pollard. Solutions being considered were to attract unemployed Kiwis and students for the summer break, and to use workers from corrections facilities on day release.

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