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Dairy Cattle Farm Workers

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From: Ryan Potts

To whom it may concern,

I write further to Nicola Hogg’s letter to me of 4 August 2020 regarding advice Immigration NZ received about the availability of New Zealanders to work in the dairy sector.

I request the following additional information:

Please confirm whether or not Immigration NZ received advice that the number of New Zealanders considered ‘trainable’ for the occupation “Dairy Cattle Farm Worker” was zero in June 2020.

Furthermore, I seek an explanation of how that number was arrived at. If you consider that this request is better dealt with by the Ministry of Social Development then please transfer it accordingly.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Potts

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-0287

 

Dear Ryan,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 5 August 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

I write further to Nicola Hogg’s letter to me of 4 August 2020 regarding
advice Immigration NZ received about the availability of New Zealanders to
work in the dairy sector.

 

I request the following additional information:

 

Please confirm whether or not Immigration NZ received advice that the
number of New Zealanders considered ‘trainable’ for the occupation “Dairy
Cattle Farm Worker” was zero in June 2020.

 

Furthermore, I seek an explanation of how that number was arrived at. If
you consider that this request is better dealt with by the Ministry of
Social Development then please transfer it accordingly.

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

Please note, due to ongoing COVID-19 response work, requests are currently
being triaged and those relating to Covid-19 processed as a priority.
Remaining requests are being assessed as per the Ombudsman’s guidance
(which can be found here:
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/news/chief-ombudsmans-statement-official-information-response-times-during-covid-19-emergency)
and processed accordingly.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [2][MBIE request email].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

[3]www.govt.nz - your guide to finding and using New Zealand government
services

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From: Anna McLachlan
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


Attachment 2021 0287 DOIA response letter.pdf
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Dear Ryan Potts

Please see attached a response to your request for information.

Kind regards

Anna McLachlan
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Operations Support, Border and Visa Operations Branch
Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

[email address]
Level 1, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6011

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From: Ryan Potts

Dear Anna,

Thank you for the prompt response. I would appreciate clarification of the following:

There were 408 work visas issued for Dairy Cattle Farm Workers in June 2020 (Migration Data Explorer). I would like confirmation that 1) each of these visas was subject to labour market testing, and 2) no New Zealanders were found to be be suitable and/or trainable for these specific job positions.

Based on my understanding of Immigration Instructions and the information you have previously disclosed to me, I think it is a reasonable assumption that the answer to question 1) should be yes and the answer to question 2) should be no. If this is not the case then I would be grateful to receive an explanation.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan Potts

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From: Anna McLachlan
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Dear Ryan

 

I am forwarding your additional questions to our OIA email to be logged as
a new OIA request as this is not something I can respond to without
looking into it further. You should receive an acknowledgement email
shortly.

 

*OIA mailbox - please log the email below as a new OIA request received
today.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Anna McLachlan

BUSINESS ADVISOR

 

Operations Support, Border and Visa Operations Branch

Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

[email address]
Level 1, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6011

 

My working hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm

 

 

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-0345

 

Dear Ryan,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 14 August 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

There were 408 work visas issued for Dairy Cattle Farm Workers in June
2020 (Migration Data Explorer). I would like confirmation that 1) each of
these visas was subject to labour market testing, and 2) no New Zealanders
were found to be be suitable and/or trainable for these specific job
positions.

 

Based on my understanding of Immigration Instructions and the information
you have previously disclosed to me, I think it is a reasonable assumption
that the answer to question 1) should be yes and the answer to question 2)
should be no. If this is not the case then I would be grateful to receive
an explanation.

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

Please note, due to ongoing COVID-19 response work, requests are currently
being triaged and those relating to Covid-19 processed as a priority.
Remaining requests are being assessed as per the Ombudsman’s guidance
(which can be found here:
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/news/chief-ombudsmans-statement-official-information-response-times-during-covid-19-emergency)
and processed accordingly.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [2][MBIE request email].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

[3]www.govt.nz - your guide to finding and using New Zealand government
services

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From: Fraser Stretton
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


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Hi Ryan,

 

Please see the attached letter extending the time available to us to
respond to your recent request for official information.

 

Regards,

Fraser

 

 

Fraser Stretton

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR

 

Operations Support – Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

[1][email address] | +64 4 896 5316

15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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From: Fraser Stretton
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


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Hi Ryan,

 

Please see the attached letter in response to your recent request for
official information.

 

Regards,

Fraser

 

 

Fraser Stretton

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR

 

Operations Support – Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

[1][email address] | +64 4 896 5316

15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand

 

[2]www.govt.nz - your guide to finding and using New Zealand government
services

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