Worker influx this weekend

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The Multicultural Council are expecting an influx of international workers to North Otago over the weekend as dairy farms in the area take on new staff.

Migrant support coordinator, Jojan McLeod said she had heard there were a number of Philippino and South African families coming down from the North Island to take up employment opportunities here.

She said she will be running two social gatherings in June so that migrants can get to know who their neighbours are and to create an awareness of what services are available to them.

The first is on June 21 from 2-4pm at Windsor and will include the Five Forks, Enfield and Ngapara areas. The second is on June 22 (2-4) and will include people from Duntroon, Glenavy, Papakaio and Kurow.

The Multicultural Council splits into two divisions, migrant support and the newcomers network which takes in a broader group of residents.

Ms McLeod said Ministry of Social Development research said many migrant dairy workers become isolated through the nature of their work and don’t tend to get involved in their community.

If they are coming from a new country, she said, some won’t be prepared and employers need to be aware that they may need more warm clothing. They may also not know about the everyday things like operating a heat pump.

“But most employers are really very good,” she said.

Ms McLeod can be telephoned on 434 7544 or emailed at info@waitakimulticultural.org.nz

By LINDA MCCARTHY