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NZ Seasonal Work Start In February

Next February will see the start of seasonal workers scheme. Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday flew to Auckland to meet his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully. The meeting
23 Nov 2014 11:30
NZ Seasonal Work Start In February
Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (left), with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully in Auckland yesterday.

Next February will see the start of seasonal workers scheme.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday flew to Auckland to meet his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully.

The meeting represents another significant step for New Zealand’s relationship with Fiji.

At the meeting the ministers noted an agreement will be signed in Fiji on December 11 to set out the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) arrangement between the two countries.

In a pilot phase of the scheme, 30 workers from Fiji will be employed for seasonal work in Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty and Nelson.

“We look forward to the first placement of workers from Fiji in February 2015,” Mr McCully said.

Ratu Inoke praised the efforts of the departments in Fiji and New Zealand, and employers in New Zealand, to prepare for the scheme to take effect.

The ministers noted that the RSE scheme is employer-driven.  It has a strong track record of delivering benefits to the New Zealand economy, along with income and skills for Pacific island workers, their communities and countries.

“Fiji’s participation in the scheme is consistent with the programme of re-engagement between New Zealand and Fiji,” Mr McCully said.

The ministers looked forward to their next formal foreign policy consultations early in 2015.

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