Two prominent New Zealand academics have recently returned from discussing labour mobility policies and long term sustainable development plans in Tarawa, Kiribati. Access to overseas labour markets is a key development priority for the country and part of wider development strategy the country which is dealing with the devastating effects of climate change.


The research team – Associate Professor Yvonne Te Ruki-Rangi-O-Tangaroa Underhill-Sem, from the University of Auckland and Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford, from Auckland University of Technology, have been working on a New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research project titled ‘Labour Markets in the Pacific.’ The research trip to Kiribati was one component of a larger project initiated by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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