Update: Temporary workers in distress asked to contact MBIE for help

Following an earlier inquiry with the office of the Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa, about a distressed Kiwi-Indian Chef sleeping rough in Auckland streets during the Covid-19 emergency lockdown, the Indian Weekender has received a response advising that for now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise will be acting as the key nodal agency. 

The Indian Weekender has earlier reported that a Migrant chef was rendered homeless when he was transitioning between two jobs and had sent his passport to Immigration New Zealand for the mandatory change of visa label when the country entered into complete lockdown. 

A request was sent to the office of Minister Salesa with an inquiry if there was any designated nodal agency that the government has set-up to provide more targeted help to some temporary workers who were falling under the cracks and missing out on the support that the government has been providing to everyone. 

Minister Salesa had then responded immediately, assuring to find the accurate information and made further contacts within the appropriate government offices. 

Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa (Image Courtesy: southseas.org)

The Indian Weekender has just now received a response from the office of the Ministry of Social Development that for now, the government has set the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) as the nodal agency and the first point of contact. 

“The current advice from the Ministry of Social Development for people on temporary visas is to contact The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment on 0508 754163,” response from the office of the Minister of Social development Caramel Sepuloni said. 

The office of the Minister for Ethnic Affairs has also assured that they will be making further follow-ups to ensure the right help reaches out to migrant workers in distress. 

Meanwhile, The Kiwi-Indian Chef who was rendered homeless ever since the country had entered into the Level-4 lockdown has finally been able to get accommodation following an intervention from the office of the Hon Consul of India, on behalf of the Indian High Commission. 

The Indian Weekender will continue reporting on the matters related to the Kiwi-Indian community and the wider migrant community and get accurate information. 

For now, migrant temporary workers in distress are encouraged to call MBIE on 0508 754163, while possibly further support systems come into place during these unprecedented times.