Taxpayers are being requested to stump up for half the price of a TV advert marketing campaign to draw extra individuals to the fishing sector.
The main points are revealed in correspondence between Sealord and the Ministry for Main Industries on steps taken to encourage New Zealanders into the trade.
It was all a part of an settlement the sector signed with the federal government in return for being allowed to herald 570 fishers from Russia and Ukraine, signed by Sealord, Impartial, Aurora, Sanford and Maruha.
The working visas had been seen by the federal government as a short lived repair to a labour shortfall it will desire to see crammed by locals.
Simply over one in each 10 of the largely Russian crew examined constructive for Covid-19, which was additionally taken residence by a well being employee on the Sudima Lodge in Christchurch.
In a letter launched to RNZ underneath the Official Data Act, Sealord, which returned a $30 million revenue final yr, requested for reassurance that MPI was nonetheless keen to contribute a greenback for greenback quantity to a brand new advert marketing campaign, extolling the advantages of a life at sea.
The ultimate price of the advert was not revealed.
It was all a part of a marketing campaign to boost the sector’s profile, revealed by RNZ in December.
Based on the plan’s authors, it concerned selling “the journey of fishing within the Southern Ocean” with New Zealand’s model of actuality TV present Deadliest Catch.
In addition to expos in faculties and promoting on social media, there was a plan to pitch a function on the fishing trade to TVNZ’s Seven Sharp programme.