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Maria Grateful For Opportunity

Maria Turagakacivi, 26, of Naqali, Naitasiri, says she is grateful to be considered for the New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme. She said this during the opening of the pre-departure
01 Jun 2015 13:24
Maria Grateful For Opportunity
Maria Tuaragakacivi (sitting third from left) ,Ministry of Employment deputy secretary Isimeli Tuivaga (in garland) with ministry delegates and the other five seasonal workers to New Zealand in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Maria Turagakacivi, 26, of Naqali, Naitasiri, says she is grateful to be considered for the New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme.

She said this during the opening of the pre-departure orientation for the workers at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

The training is for the final six of the 30 pilot workers to kick-start Fiji’s participation in the NZ seasonal work scheme.

The Ministry of Employment had previously sent 24 Fijians to NZ under this scheme this year.

“I am very happy for the opportunity to go and work in New Zealand so I can earn money to further my studies,” Ms Turagakacivi said.

She said she would be based in Nelson, New Zealand, for seven months and would work as a fruit-picker.

“I applied three months ago and received confirmation about two weeks ago,” she said.

Meanwhile national OHS deputy secretary Isimeli Tuivaga said plans have been made for the six workers during their stay in New Zealand.

“We’ve established some timelines and targets for you to meet; this way you will not be easily swayed to spend your hard-earned savings unnecessarily,” he said.

“We want you to make a good impression on your employer and your New Zealand community; you are Fijian ambassadors and you will need to showcase and display Fijian hospitality.”

He stressed the importance of the impression the six workers would create in terms of employment opportunities for other applicants.

“I urge you to work hard, work as a team. There are only six of you therefore you must work together,” he said.

The six Fijians depart for NZ this Wednesday

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