Friends and work colleagues gathered at the Rarotonga International Airport to bid them farewell as they boarded the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.
Principal Immigration Officer Kairangi Samuela says: “I understand their employers are repatriating them, most have requested to go home and or permits have expired so repatriation occurs.”
Filipino Community president Marijoe Manlangit said the group would be transiting through Auckland so they would not have to go through quarantine in New Zealand.
They would be boarding a commercial flight from Auckland, there is not repatriation flight, she added.
Manlangit also confirmed that these were workers who have finished their contract and wanted to go back home.
May Espasor worked for 18-months at Aramoana On The Beach and said she was returning to Iloilo City in the Philippines to take care of her mother.
Rigo Garcia said he was excited to return home and be around family. He was working in Rarotonga for the last 18-months at the Edgewater Resort.