Little: Could staff at 'ethnic cuisine' restaurants be sourced locally?

Dominion Rd is renowned for its Asian restaurants, but are its chefs hired locally?
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Dominion Rd is renowned for its Asian restaurants, but are its chefs hired locally?

Andrew Little says Labour intends looking closely at New Zealand's immigration rules.

During his visit to Lower Hutt last week the Labour leader said immigration was having some downwards impact on the country's wages.

"We've got a reasonably high level of inward migration and it's not all at the skilled level.

Andrew Little says it's time to look at whether New Zealand's migrant skills mix is right.
Photo: David White

Andrew Little says it's time to look at whether New Zealand's migrant skills mix is right.

"Some of those who are coming in are at the semi-skilled level. It wasn't the intention of the immigration policy to do that."

Little said Labour would be justified in examining New Zealand's immigration settings "to make sure we're getting the right mix and balance and that we're not compromising the interests of those who are already living here and trying to get decent pay and conditions."

The hospitality industry was a good example of where migrant workers could be affecting wages, he said.

"We know that's happening, particularly with a lot of, you might say, ethnic cuisine.

"So your Chinese, your Indian. A lot of folks come here from overseas to get into the hospitality industry with those particular cooking skills and I think the question is, you know, can we actually source those labour needs internally?"

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