Renewed calls for overseas seasonal workers to be next in line to have their visa restrictions eased. Visitors and temporary migrants trapped in this country will now have their visas extended to give them more time to organise flights home. But Horticulture NZ chief executive Mike Chapman says that doesn’t help people working in the horticultural and wine sectors. He says the harvest is beginning with strawberries and asparagus and significant demand for workers and then there are the Christmas cherries to get picked and thousands of workers are needed. The horticultural industry has been warning of this problem since July and at the time former Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway promised the horticultural industry would be able to recruit up to 14,400 RSE workers from the Pacific Islands later this year. Kiwifruit producer Seeka chief executive Michael Franks says a lot is at stake for the industry with NZ workers coming and going. He says the company was forced to recruit more than 900 New Zealanders to fill 240 jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown because they kept quitting.