Posts Tagged ‘migrant workers’

Church provides homes for migrant workers Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has turned housing developer in an effort to provide homes for migrant workers. In exchange, the local community will get voluntary help such as cleaning hospitals. The Saint John XXIII housing project is in the town of Kokopo, capital of East New Britain province. Although Kokopo’s population is Read more

Religious worker visas are being used to exploit migrant workers Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
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Newsroom reports that last year three priests laid a complaint with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) about the way a North Island organisation is using the Religious Worker Category (RWC) visa. The priests allege some religious organisations are using RWC visas to bring migrants to New Zealand for ulterior motives. The allegations are contained in Read more

Samoans visiting New Zealand treated like second class citizens? Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018
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“Can you be the Prime Minister who would be bold enough to change your immigration laws so that Samoans can enter your country freely without requiring visas, which cost money most of our poor people don’t have?” This was the question Mata’afa Keni Lesa put to the New Zealand prime minister in his opinion piece Read more

A story of worker exploitation Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Worker exploitation

Joanne (not her real name) has been living and working in a home on Rarotonga for the last six months. (This feature story is was first published by the Cook Islands News.) She gets up at 6.30am every morning to prepare breakfast for her employer’s children, sets out their clothes, makes their lunches and then Read more

Migrant worker paid $8 an hour; others not paid at all Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Stories of migrant workers being exploited, with some paid as little as $8 an hour, have been revealed in a new report from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Report author Cathy Bi said the story that struck her the most was of a girl who worked a shift at a restaurant, but was not paid because her Read more

Filipino workers offended by Kiwi’s colourful language Comments 0

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A large portion of the migrant workers rebuilding Christchurch are from the Philippines Many Filipinos are devout Roman Catholics and some found the colourful building site language demeaning and sacrilegious. “We’ve heard of Filipino workers walking off a work site, sometimes in groups, because the swearing and shouting got too much, so it’s something to Read more

‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ — undocumented migrants Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Over 37 years-ago when Annunciation House – a sanctuary and home of hospitality that has served over 100,000 refugees, homeless poor and undocumented workers – was started in El Paso, Texas, founding director Ruben Garcia and a few friends wanted to place themselves among the poor, to see where the poor would lead them. He Read more

Grand mufti wants all churches gone from Arabian Peninsula Comments 0

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula, claiming that the move is in line with Islamic law. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, told a delegation from Kuwait last week that it was “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region”. The sheikh is Read more

New Zealand Diversity Forum in August Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The 10th annual New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held in Christchurch 24 $ 25 August The forum’s theme is Migrant and refugee employment. Valuing diversity is a key issue, given the rebuild being undertaken in the Canterbury region and increased recruitment of migrant workers to help drive the rebuild. The  forum will include a Read more

Government decides to turn blind eye to Easter trading Comments 0

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Government has announced it will ease back on the enforcing of the Easter trading laws. Active monitoring of Easter trading law breaches may be scrapped in favour of giving labour inspectors more time to investigate migrant worker exploitation. Labour Minister Simon Bridges has signalled that in the future officials may rely solely on complaints because Read more