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Fruit pickers in NZ ordered to return home for poor behaviour

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/02/2017

 8 Tongan fruit pickers were ordered to return home last Friday for alleged misbehaviour while working under the seasonal fruit picking scheme in New Zealand.

CEO of Internal Affairs ‘Ana Bing Fonua said, these young men were accused of consuming alcohol and causing violence and not being able to fulfil their assigned tasks while working.

 The young men were already warned and counselled before regarding their behaviours but there was no change in their life style so the final decision was to send them back.

CEO added these men were not matured enough.

However, one of the returning fruit pickers of last Friday denied the allegations and said, they were working hard without causing any violence and the problem was not them, but the supervisor distributing false information.

The young men were from a fruit picking team from Tofoa.    

The Town officer of Tofoa ‘Usaia Fifita said, he is ashamed of what had happened and this has ruined the reputation of Tofoa and its people.

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