BusinessNZ says New Zealand will continue to need lower skilled migrant workers and will suffer if their numbers are heavily curtailed. Minister Stuart Nash’s speech implied the use of lower skilled temporary migrant labour had pushed down wages but BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope says the Minister fails to recognise there are just not enough people in New Zealand currently to do the jobs and if we have to reduce the amount we are producing because we don’t have the skilled people here, then that is problematic. Australia has just announced an $80-odd billion package of economic improvements which he says will be a massive attraction for New Zealanders and non-New Zealanders to go to Australia and work, and NZ will have to compete with that.
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