World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Vanuatu celebrates five years of RSE participation

MEDIA RELEASE

23 APRIL 2012

Vanuatu celebrates five years of RSE participation

New Zealand's Department of Labour has congratulated the Vanuatu Government on reaching its fifth year of participation in New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

The New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Bill Dobbie, will join Vanuatu government, RSE officials and RSE workers in celebrating the anniversary at a function near the Vanuatu Parliament in Port Vila today.

In a congratulatory message, the Department of Labour's National Manager, Recognised Seasonal Employment, Emily Fabling, said it is a milestone that demonstrates both countries' commitment to the RSE scheme and further strengthens New Zealand's relationship with Vanuatu.

Vanuatu was one of the five Pacific nations that joined the scheme when it was introduced in 2007 to enable New Zealand's horticulture and viticulture industries to recruit seasonal labour offshore, with a focus on the Pacific.

"Vanuatu has always been one of our biggest RSE contributors, with nearly 1700 currently in New Zealand and more than 2300 having worked in New Zealand in the past year," Ms Fabling says.

More than 40 RSE employers currently recruit from Vanuatu with others beginning the process.

Ms Fabling said New Zealand works closely with the Vanuatu Labour Department to enhance RSE processes, with a formal memorandum of understanding in place setting out each country's commitment to achieving this.

"RSE has been an absolutely wonderful scheme for our horticulture and viticulture industries, in terms of ensuring they have the labour force they need at specific times of the year. And of course we are delighted at the benefits the scheme brings to Vanuatu and other Pacific nations.

"RSE has been a powerful development tool for participating households, with RSE income Vanuatu's second biggest foreign exchange earner after tourism. Everyone wins and New Zealand looks forward to many more years of such excellence and positive results."

In her letter to Vanuatu Commissioner of Labour Lionel Kaluat and his team, Ms Fabling said one of New Zealand's major RSE employers had noted that ni-Vanuatu workers' productivity had increased each year.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Israel’s Demolition Of Palestinian Homes

Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. UN Photo/Violaine Martin More>>

ALSO:

  • Palestinian Centre For Human Rights - Israeli Settlers Continue Their Attacks against Palestinians
  • Tribespeople Call On WWF To Stop Funding Abuse

    This Baka man from Ndongo village reported that he was severely beaten by anti-poaching squads on two occasions. His neighbors have appealed to WWF to stop funding such abuses. More>>

    Ebola: UN Crisis Response Mission Opens New Office In Mali

    Workers build an enclosure at the Mayagba Ebola community care centre construction site in Bombali District, which is among the areas worst affected by the disease in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/John James More>>

    ALSO:

    UNESCO Chief Denounces Murder Of Somali Radio Journalist

    Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz More>>

    Palestinian Refugees From Syria Face Worsening Situation

    Palestinian women at a UNRWA distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA/Carole Alfarah More>>

    ALSO:

    Greece Risks Prolonged Social Crisis

    Greece’s severe financial crisis has bred social unrest and intolerance of the nearly one million irregular migrants living in the country (October 2012). Photo: IRIN/Kristy Siegfried More>>

    Madagascar: Warning Of ‘rapid’ Spread Of Plague In Capital

    Ny Hantra Andriatsifasoa survived the bubonic plague after being infected in Madagascar in 2011. Photo: IRIN/Tiana Randriaharimalala More>>

    New Bird Flu Strain In Europe Threatens Poultry Sector

    24 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ) today warned that a new bird flu strain detected in Europe poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along ... More>>


    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news