Opportunities open to Tongan nurses and apprentices to work in Australia,  NZ

    Nurses and apprentices in Tonga can now go to New Zealand and practice what they are being trained for in Tonga.

    The opportunity follows an agreement signed by New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers and representatives from Pacific nations at the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus talks in Brisbane last month.

    Tonga’s Customs and Revenue CEO ‘Anisi Bloomfield said all apprenticeship-type training in Tonga including welding, fishing, building and eletricians would benefit from the agreement.

    He said this was a great opportunity for Tongans and academic institutions which ran technical training in Tonga such as the Fokololo ‘o e Hau Institute, the ‘Ahopanilolo and Tupou Tertiary Institutes.

    However, the greater opportunity comes with stricter requirements.

    Bloomfield said before the Brisbane’s Pacer Plus agreement, countries from the Pacific nations could choose whoever they wanted to go to New Zealand and Australia to pick fruit under the Recognised Seasonal Employer Work agreement.

    Under the agreement signed last month the selection of apprenticeship candidates from the Pacific must involve the employers, representatives from Australia and New Zealand as well as the Tongan government.

    Bloomfield said he could see this as a good move to make sure people who were selected could make use of the opportunity and never cause any other problems that could fail the programme.

    He said there were other opportunities, including an agreement to allow more commodities from Tonga to be imported into New Zealand.

    He said in the past it took five years for New Zealand to accept Tongan fruit to be sold in its markets.  The new agreement meant more fruit, such as zucchinis, would be exported to New Zealand.

    Another advantage for Tonga was that the programme could open another door to New Zealand and Australia to upgrade and improve syllabii used by technical training schools in Tonga.

    Bloomfield said this was a significant part of the agreement as the two countries wanted to make sure their syllabi were aligned.

    “Pacer Plus is an extension of the already strong political and community ties we have with Pacific nations,” Australian Minister Fierravanti-Wells said.

    “Deepening regional trade ties will help to increase the skills of workers throughout the Pacific, boost economic empowerment and strengthen the stability of Australia’s immediate neighbourhood.”

    The Australian Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, Senator Richard Colbeck said PACER Plus would provide an opportunity to create jobs, enhance private sector growth and raise standards of living in Pacific Island countries through enhanced regional trade and closer economic integration.

    He said he was particularly excited by the potential for the Pacific to make more money from marine resources, fisheries and tourism potential.

    The two countries are now processing the agreement requirement to enable apprentices from the Pacific nations to travel to New Zealand and Australia.

    The main points

    • Nurses and apprentices in Tonga can now go to New Zealand and practice what they are being trained for in Tonga.
    • The opportunity follows an agreement signed by New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers and representatives from Pacific nations at the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus talks in Brisbane last month.
    • Tonga’s Customs and Revenue CEO ‘Anisi Bloomfield said all apprenticeship-type training in Tonga including welding, fishing, building and plumbing would benefit from the agreement.
    • However, the greater opportunity comes with stricter requirements on who can go to Australia and New Zealand.

    1 COMMENT

    1. ‘E lava he taimí ni ke ō ʻa e kau neesi pehē ki he kau ako ngāue fakatekinikale ʻi Tongá ki Nuʻu Sila mo ʻAositelēlia ʻo ako ngāue ai ki he meʻa ne nau ako ʻi Tongá.

      Ko ha faingamālie ʻeni hili ha aleapau ne fefakamoʻoniʻaki ai e ongo minisitā Fefakatauʻaki ʻa Nuʻu Sila mo ʻAositelēliá mo e kau fakafofonga mei he ngaahi fonua Pasifikí ʻi ha alēleaʻanga ʻa e Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus he māhina kuo ʻosí ʻi Pilisipeini.

      Naʻe fakahā ʻe he CEO ʻa e Kasitomu mo e Tānaki Paʻanga Fakalotofonua ʻa Tongá ʻĀnisi Bloomfield ʻe kaimelie mei he aleapau ko ʻení ʻa e kau ako ngāue kotoa ʻi Tonga ʻo hangē ko e kau kasa ʻukamea, kau toutai, langa mo e fakaʻuhila.

      Ne ne pehē ko e faingamālie lahi ʻeni ki he kakai Tongá mo e ngaahi akoʻanga fakatekinikale ʻo hangē ko e Fokololo ʻo e Haú, akoʻanga ʻAhopaniloló mo e Akoʻanga Fakatekinikale Ako Māʻolunga ko Tupoú.

      Neongo iá ko e faingamālie lahi ange ko ʻení ʻoku toe lahi ange ʻa e fiemaʻu kae toki paasi ha taha ke kau ai.

      Pehē ʻe Bloomfield ki muʻa ʻi he aleapau Pacer Plus ko ʻeni ʻi Pilisipeiní naʻe fili mai pe ʻe he ngaahi fonua Pasifikí ia ʻa e kakai ʻoku nau loto ke nau omi ʻo kau he polokalama toli fakafaʻahi taʻu ʻi Nuʻu Sila mo ʻAositelēliá

      ʻI he aleapau ko ʻeni kuo fakamoʻoniʻi ʻi he māhina kuo ʻosí ko hono fili ko ia ʻo e kau kanititeiti ke ako ngāue mei he Pasifikí ʻe kau atu ki ai e kau fakafofonga ia mei he ongo fonuá, ngāueʻanga ʻe omi e kau akó ki aí pea pehē foki ki he Pule’anga Tongá.

      Pehē ʻe Bloomfield ʻoku lelei pe ʻa e fiemaʻu ko ʻení koeʻuhī ke fakapapauʻi ko kinautolu ko ē ʻe filí ʻe lava ke nau fakaʻaongaʻi lelei ʻa e faingamālié pea ʻoua naʻa nau toe fakatupu ha ngaahi palopalema ʻe maumau ai ʻa e polokalamá.

      Ne ne pehē foki ne toe ʻi ai pe ʻa e ngaahi faingamālie kehe maʻa Tonga kau ai ʻa e ava mai ʻa e faingamālie ke lahi ange ki ha ngaahi fuaʻi ʻakau ʻe lava ke uta mai mei Tonga ki Nuʻu Silá pea vave ange ʻa e taimi ʻe aleaʻi ha fuaʻi ʻakau pehē ke tali.

      ʻI he kuohilí ka ʻi ai ha fuaʻi ʻakau foʻou ʻe kole ke hū mai ki Nuʻu Sila ʻe taʻu ʻe 5 e ngāue ia ki ai kae toki lava ke maʻu ha tali.

      Ko e lelei ʻe taha ki Tonga ʻo e polokalama ko ʻení he ʻe ala ava ai ha toe matapā ki Nuʻu Sila mo ʻAositelēlia ke na hikiʻi hake mo fakaleleiʻi e silapa ako ʻa e ngaahi akoaʻanga fakatekinikale ʻi Tongá.

      Pehē ʻe Bloomfield ko e konga mahuʻinga ʻeni ʻo e aleapaú koeʻuhī ʻoku fiemaʻu foki ʻe he ongo fonuá ke fenāpasi ʻena silapá mo ia ʻoku akoʻi ʻi Tongá.

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