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Christchurch "Will Need Immigrant Workers" To Rebuild

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Christchurch "Will Need Immigrant Workers" To Rebuild

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee agrees immigrants will be needed to rebuild Christchurch.

Speaking today on TV3’s “The Nation” Mr Brownlee said the Government would first look at immigrants who could speak English “but that doesn’t restrict the need”.

Asked about speculation that building companies were looking to Ireland for labour he said: “The people who would go and get those people would be the individual contractors themselves.

“There's a huge amount of contracting going on in Christchurch at the moment.

“I don’t think I'm wrong to say that I'm sure there are some Irish people who've immigrated to New Zealand to be part of this effort already.”

Also on the programme Fletcher Construction CEO, Mark Binns who is managing the rebuild for the Earthquake Commission and is a partner in the Alliance to rebuild infrastructure said his company was going to need more people.

“There will be people come from outside Christchurch from other parts of New Zealand without a doubt,” he said.

“But we still think there's going to have to be people brought in from overseas.”

Mr Binns also said it might be necessary to provide temporary accommodation for the migrant building workers in Christchurch. 

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