Seasonal workers give out of love for Samoa
Seasonal workers from Samoa working in Hawkes Bay and Dunedin have donated $18,000 out of their own pockets to assist the Government's response to the measles epidemic.
The funding was collected during a Christmas programme in New Zealand where all the seasonal workers participated and enjoyed a Sports Day.
The money was presented to the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour's Assistant Chief Executive Officer (A.C.E.O.), Lemalu Nele Leilua, on Tuesday.
Minister of Public Enterprises, who also responsible for M.C.I.L., Lautafi Selafi Purcell, said the gesture from the workers shows a true Samoan that cares for their country.
He said although the temporary workers have low salaries and were recruited to work in New Zealand so they can help their families, it did not prevent them from giving back to Samoa.
The Minister of Finance extended his appreciation to the workers for their thoughts and love for the country.
Sili said the contribution will go a long way in helping the Government in its efforts to combat measles, which has already claimed 83 lives.