Dear Editor, Jacinda Ardern and her Government really have something to answer for over the way they have robbed Cook Islands businesses of most of their Filipino workers and also a lot of their Fijian workers.
The time and effort and money that goes into employing these workers by Cook Islands businesses was ignored because of what the NZ Government perceived as NZ’s more urgent need for these workers.
NZ changed their
Immigration laws to allow these workers a fast track to gain NZ permanent
residency ... this is like the holy grail to most of these workers so they took
up this opportunity with both hands, and I can’t blame them. They left the Cook
Islands in large numbers resulting in chaos for the Cook Islands businesses who
were losing these workers.
The problem was
compounded by a Cook Island recruitment man who came up here and advertised for
workers for NZ based on the fuzzy logic that he was doing this “to help
Cook Islanders”. Really? Perhaps he should talk to Elena Tavioni who had to
temporarily close down the manufacturing side of her business because of the
mass exodus at short notice of her factory staff. This is just one example of
the many businesses that were also similarly affected.
Most of these workers
that left were reasonably well paid and well treated certainly as far as the
agreed terms of their contracts were concerned and this was acknowledged by
most of the workers that were leaving but the offer of a fast track to NZ
residency was too good to miss out on.
The NZ Government was
made clearly aware of the chaos they were creating to Cook Islands businesses
but they continued down this track and still continue down this track.
Why didn’t NZ business
owners do the same as us and go to the Philippines and Fiji to employ their own
workers instead of stealing our staff.
Our workers were offered
to NZ businesses on a plate. They were all double vaccinated at our expense, all
the Health and Police checks were completed meaning that with very little delay
these workers could jump on a plane and fly down to their new jobs at a very
much reduced airfare for their new employers.
This all happened
regardless of the contracts that these workers had originally signed with their
Cook Islands employers. These contracts now meant nothing because of “human rights”.
Imagine the uproar that
would be created if Cook Islands business owners gave their expat workers a
month’s notice that they were being replaced by cheaper labour from another
country and this was being promoted by a recruitment officer who was doing it “for
the benefit if Cook Islands employers”.
I don’t blame the
workers who have taken up this offer but I do blame the Ardern Government
for the reasons outlined above.
specialist, Dr. PM Mark Brown, I need answers!
ad hoc Minister of Health, you are due for another media release to clear up
confusion. My family and I and all my neighbours were told by your Ministry of
Health staff that according to TMO protocol, if I’m infected with Covid, I
cannot get reinfected until 3 - 6 months have passed.
3 or 6 months? In your professional medical opinion, tell us with some
certainty, is it 3 or 6 months when you can get reinfected. I have places to
go, people to see, things to do so hurry up with your release already.
Reply – With regard to the letter from Iriti Maoate; I’m
afraid I don’t have a crystal ball, and neither does anyone else I know – to be
able to assist with travel plans.
What I can say is that according to the credible
scientific research around Covid-19 infections – while it is possible to be
reinfected at any time – it is unusual for it to happen in under three months;
but it does happen.
Research carried out in Denmark by the Statens Serum
Institute showed that of about two million people recently infected, many of
them by the highly transmissable BA.2 sub variant, 187 were reinfected between
20 and 60 days; 47 of them were originally infected by the BA.1 variant. Most
of those cases were young unvaccinated people who experienced mild symptoms.
The research studied infections reported between 21
November last year and 22 February this year; and focussed on patients who
tested positive twice between 20 and 60 days apart.
Conclusion: There is evidence that Omicron can
reinfect people, but it is safer to say that there is no definite time frame
that you are safe from reinfection. It might depend on your vaccination status
and your health.