More Samoans secure jobs in New Zealand
Aside from the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Workers programme, Samoans are also reaping the fruits from two other separate employment incentives.
And to date, a little over 2,000 Samoans are earning decent money in New Zealand under the umbrella of three different employment initiatives which the Samoa Government has secured.
The bulk of the Samoans are temporary workers under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employment (R.S.E.) Scheme exclusively designed to meet New Zealand’s horticulture and viticulture industries labour needs.
The N.Z. Recognised Seasonal Employment (R.S.E.) scheme has a current cap of 11,000 workers.
And as one of nine recruiting Pacific Forum countries, Samoa has an estimated 1,800 workers employed under the Approval to Recruit (A.T.R.) visa for the R.S.E. Scheme.
The visa allows certified R.S.E. Employers in the horticulture and viticulture industries in New Zealand to recruit workers to work for their orchards/farms for a period of seven months.
But there are two other employment programs which the Government of Samoa is engaged in, Samoa’s New Zealand based R.S.E. Liaison Officer, Lemalu Nele Leilua explains.
For instance, the 100 additional Samoan recruits who will be heading to the Land of the Long White Cloud to work for the Silver Ferns Farms, the largest meat processing company.
Since 2007, the special work visa arrangements have been operating as a separate program under the Government of Samoa in recruiting workers suitable for the meat industries.
The 100 will complement the 100 plus Samoans already on the Silver Ferns payroll.
The Samoan meat processors are recruited under the Approval in Principal (AIP) visas which mandates a 10-month contract subject to renewal at the discretion of the company.
Samoa is also privileged enough to secure job opportunities under the Pacific Partnership Program (P.H.P.) where employers are recruiting carpenters from Samoa.
This initiative was rolled out earlier this year and has paved a way for our skilled workers to secure job opportunities in New Zealand, under the auspices of the New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (M.B.I.E.) with Samoa’s Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) as their local counter-part and implementing agency.
Altogether, 2,064 local residents are working in New Zealand from the three Government employment initiatives.