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A meaty job on the cutting edge

Saturday September 28, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Teremoana Ngu with his 10-year-old daughter, Tiare. 19092407 Teremoana Ngu with his 10-year-old daughter, Tiare. 19092407

History repeats this week for Teremoana Ngu, whose Mangaian father left the Cook Islands to work in a New Zealand freezerworks in the 80s.


Ngu is currently in the Cook Islands recruiting for the meatworks plant where he works as a production manager, interviewing anyone who’s interested in employment for part of the year.

The jobs he’s offering are seasonal, for a term of five or six months each year. Alliance, the company Ngu is recruiting for, provides transportation to New Zealand and interim accommodation, as well as training, and pays rates of up to $270 per day.

“I want to give Cook Islands people the opportunity to make good money for part of the year and come home with their pockets full of money for the rest of the year,” he said. “It’s seasonal, so you can come home and make a life.”

The recruitment is also ideal for Alliance, given the cost and challenges of arranging visas and paperwork for workers without New Zealand passports.

Ngu was on Aitutaki on Wednesday and Thursday, interviewing at Aitutaki village all day long, and then got back to Club Raro on Rarotonga yesterday.

Those interested can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or show up for an on-the-spot interview. Jobs could begin as early as the end of October.

“It’s a great opportunity to make some money and it’s not hard work – you just got to come to work every day,” he said.

“You can make money for the family and bring it home and celebrate. I just want to give back to my Cook Islands people because they’ve done a lot for me.” 

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