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    The government was warned by employers that there would be a serious shortage of pickers when it increased the taxation levels on backpackers.  This was even before the stories of exploitation.  So no one should be surprised at the outcome.

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    26 minutes ago, Skani said:

    The government was warned by employers that there would be a serious shortage of pickers when it increased the taxation levels on backpackers.  This was even before the stories of exploitation.  So no one should be surprised at the outcome.

    I've recently noticed a lot of Pacific Islanders doing farm work around Devonport.  An employer said they are hard workers and very reliable.  They always look very cheerful too whenever I see them around.

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    Yes, there's a special Seasonal Work Program for Pacific Islanders in regional areas at harvest time.  One employer I heard said they're becoming like family....returning to the same place each year.   I think they are allowed to stay for up to 7 months in any one year.

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