[21 September/The Country]

Meat companies in South Canterbury requiring workers are recruiting overseas. Immigration New Zealand allowed Silver Fern Farms to employ 49 overseas workers. ANZCO Foods also had 18 overseas workers permitted. Alliance Smithfield’s Acting Plant Manager, Ivan Docherty, said they were short by around 30 workers. Silver Fern Farms’ Paeroa Plant Manager, Bruce McNaught, added they were processing stock following its annual two week maintenance shutdown period. Secretary of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Meatworkers Union, Bill Watt, was aware of the applications to bring in 100 workers, and said the companies’ labour shortages had been an ongoing issue. Celtic Rugby Club Member, Vaughan O’Shaughessy, said they had brought international players to the club, who were allowed to be employed by the club but not elsewhere. They would have three players coming over who would work at this Smithfield works this year for the first time.