I’m sure they are excellent dairy workers/farmers (all 8000+ of them), but there are only around 11000 dairy farms in the whole country. It does, rather, have the feel of an approach more strongly focused, in effect, on keeping down wages rates and conditions in the New Zealand dairy industry – and fuelling the gross output driven mentality which Peter Fraser and co-authors suggest has dominated the industry in the last decade or so, a period when real value-added in agriculture has not grown at all.
The gains to farmers are clear, but those to New Zealanders as a whole are rather less obvious.
A quite remarkably larger number of (skilled?) domestic house-keepers as well, no doubt complementing the 1000 commercial housekeepers, and contributing to the long-sought lift in productivity.