Introduced in 2007, the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme allows eligible Pacific workers to undertake seasonal work (in planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops) for an approved employer in the horticulture and viticulture industries in New Zealand.
Workers can stay in New Zealand for up to seven months in any eleven month period (although actual times can vary depending on the employer). The RSE scheme was developed to give the industry a more reliable source of Pacific workers from year to year.
New Zealand employers must go through an accreditation process to achieve RSE status and they need to demonstrate a commitment to recruiting and training New Zealanders before looking for workers from overseas.
A limit of 10,500 RSE places are available each year – with the number of places available for Pacific workers varying depending on the forecast of New Zealand workers available and industry demand.
The RSE scheme has strengthened relationships between New Zealand and Samoa with Samoa currently the third largest country sending workers to New Zealand.
Samoa was and is still the third biggest sending country for RSE.
ALAPA VITICULTURE SERVICES
TYRELLA ORCHARDS LTD
Please note that links to individual RSE Employer websites have been set up where these are known. Simply hover over the name of an RSE Employer to find out if a link has been activated.
Samoa Worker numbers