The RSE scheme has been of great benefit to us. The boys love working and making money to help our families in Samoa. Some of the team have even started small businesses with the money made. We enjoy New Zealand but would be better if the weather was more like home!
Peniamina Tapuotaota – Falealupo, Samoa
This is my seventh year as an RSE worker for Mr Apple. I make good money and have used most of it to build our family home. My next goal is to buy a vehicle for my family. Every week I send money home and last year I’ve managed to send home NZD$7,000. Thanks to the RSE scheme!
Iapesa Savea – Solosolo, Samoa
I am grateful to have been a part of the RSE scheme for four years now. Income I have earned through the RSE scheme has helped build our family house in Samoa and I have new skills and knowledge to take back home. It’s a wonderful scheme to be part of and I would like to thank Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage Ltd very much for the opportunity.
Nila Siaulaiga – Leone, Samoa
Iosi Fata has worked for Landstaff Ltd for five seasons, and this year brought his son, Peni, to join the team. The RSE scheme has allowed the father and son to work together to provide for the educational needs of family members, including Iosi’s daughter, twin grandchildren and cousins. While the rest of Peni’s money will help repay his father for his own education, Iosi has also saved money to contribute towards family faalavelave and church activities.
Iosi & Peni Fata – Sinamoga, Samoa
The RSE scheme has been a great success for our fruit growing operation. I rate our team of RSE workers the best around. Not only are they hard working and conscientious but are wonderful people to have around. They are led by Peniamina Tapuotaota (Ben) who does a fantastic job for us. We couldn't achieve the results we get without their input. They have made what was a hard task of getting our fruit off at optimum timing to almost an enjoyable one.
PaT PEARCE – Orchard Manager, Freshco
Mr Apple has been sourcing RSE workers from Samoa since the inception of the scheme seven years ago. This year we have 430 Samoan workers spread across all of our orchards and packhouses.
We select Samoans as they are,
Extremely productive picking high quality fruit to meet market expectations
Reliable turning up to work every day
Responsible by taking their duties seriously and giving us few pastoral care problems
Friendly and a pleasure to work with.
Mr Apple will continue to select workers from Samoa and look forward to maintaining our strong relationship with these exceptional people.
Alistair Jamieson – Labour Manager for Mr Apple NZ Ltd, Hawkes Bay
RSE to us is definitely a win-win situation. We train a stable workforce that are willing to work to our standards. Our RSE workers are sourced mainly from Samoa and they gain skills which they can take home and utilise (as well as a regular income to support their families and communities). It would be very difficult to harvest our crops without RSE workers. Personally, RSE is the best aid New Zealand can give the Pacific Island nations as the money is going in at the bottom where it is needed.
Alan Dobbie – OPAC Orchard Operations Manager, Bay of Plenty
Landstaff Limited has been recruiting RSE workers from Samoa since Carl Fairey first formed the company in 2008. The company continues to only recruit from Samoa every year because the workers:
Integrate well with their own local workers who are predominantly New Zealanders of Samoan descent.
Are hardworking, fit people and enjoy the outdoor work
Work well in a team environment, sharing knowledge and skills amongst working teams
Are motivated to earn as much as they can!
The benefits to Landstaff Limited having such reliable workers during the peak season has been two fold. Firstly, the staff recruited from Samoa has improved the company’s reputation of being able to deliver skilled workers when the harvest is ready. Secondly, contracts secured during the peak season often provide ongoing work for the local permanent workers during the winter months too. And, while Landstaff Limited enjoys these benefits from the workers recruited from Samoa, our company is well aware that keeping RSE workers happy is also key to business success.
Carl Fairey – Director Landstaff Limited – Hawkes Bay
Vailima sources over half of its seasonal RSE labour from Samoa, we have had a long established relationship with Samoa and the RSE employees. We find the workers from Samoa to be fit, strong and have a great work ethic. They have a pleasant nature and are a joy to work with.
matthew hoddy – vailima Orchards
We find the Samoan Workers to be hard working and capable of consistently high standards of work ethic and acclimatise well to the working culture in New Zealand. In addition we observe that Samoan groups on arrival soon develop a pleasing degree of care and common respect for one another while away from their homes. They will assist any of their group who may be struggling in both the ‘in-work’ and ‘out of work’ situations with a strong sense of group care and responsibility.
Robert Walker – Financial Controller, Birdhurst Orchards