Dies in Australia

Family pays tributes to Tongan fruit picker online

Kaniva News reports Paulo Kivau, 39, was rushed to hospital before he was pronounced dead yesterday.

The tributes showed Kivau went to Australia to work as a fruit picker through government’s seasonal work programme.

It was believed he was sick before he died.

In 2014 Tonga sent more than 1,200 to work in the Australian agriculture and farms.

On the same period the government announced it has received $35.6 million worth of remittances under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) and Australia Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot scheme.