Friday, 18 September 2020 13:02

Jumping the gun

Written by  Milking It

OPINION: Someone at DairyNZ got too excited by news that the Government was finally allowing migrant farm workers stuck overseas since March to return to New Zealand.

At 3pm on Friday, September 4, DairyNZ released a joint statement with Federated Farmers thanking the Government for allowed skilled migrant workers to return. The only problem was that the Government had made no such announcement.

About 90 minutes later, DairyNZ issued another statement retracting the earlier statement.

“There was a miscommunication….we apologise for the error,” said the industry-good organisation.

Eventually though, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi’s office issued a statement on September 9 giving government clearance for skilled workers to return.


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