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30 July 2002
Representatives from agriculture and horticulture industry associations and
other related agencies met in Rotorua from 23-24 July 2002 to consider how they
could best address the issue of labour and skills shortages in their sector.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the two-day workshop
provided participants with an opportunity to outline their concerns and to
review the current range of research and activities underway across the sector
aimed at addressing labour and skill shortages.
The consensus of workshop participants was that a co-ordinated approach
across the sector was preferable, to reduce duplication and to prioritise where
resources could best be directed. There was strong support for the establishment
of a formal labour and skills co-ordinating group.
MAF officials will be testing the commitment to this proposal with key
decision-makers in the industry over the coming weeks. Should that commitment be
confirmed, negotiation between industry parties over the form, role, and funding
of the co-ordinating group will follow.
For further information please contact:
Brett Sangster, Director Corporate
Communications, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 04 498 9882 or 027 247 8777