An extra 3000 Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme seasonal workers will be able to be brought in as relief for the horticultural sector, bringing the total to 19,000 workers.
In a new development, employers will be required to provide sick leave alongside the existing $22.10 minimum wage requirement.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Immigration Minister Michael Wood announced the move this afternoon after the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Wood said it amounted to a 19 percent increase on the previous season, the largest in more than a decade, in acknowledgment of the industry's growth amid a lack of working holiday visitors.
"We are listening to industry, and worked closely with horticulture and wine sectors to ensure we strike the right balance by incentivising local employment, bringing in further additional workers, and also requiring working conditions to be improved."
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