Migrant workers who lost jobs in downturn to be assessed

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by Chris Tobin

The needs of migrant workers who lost their jobs in the Mackenzie Country will be further assessed this week.

Aoraki Migrant Centre support manager Katy Houstoun met with migrants in Tekapo last week to find how they were coping after losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 economic downturn.

“There were about 30 there; a lot of them need help, some sooner than others.”

Foodbanks in Twizel, Fairlie and Tekapo had been helping and pupils from Craighead Diocesan School had donated food.

She said the migrants, aged from 20 to 40, from a broad range of countries, felt as though they were in limbo.

Representatives from Immigration New Zealand, the Mackenzie District Council and the Aoraki Migrant Migrant Centre would visit the area again this week to make a more detailed assessment.

Workers stranded at the Hermitage had been receiving the Government’s wage subsidy, which was due to run out at the end of the month. The Hermitage has announced it will reopen on July 3.