New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

New Zealand congratulates Vanuatu for success with Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme

RSE Agent and employee in Port Vila before flying to Christchurch

The New Zealand High Commissioner Bill Dobbie has congratulated Vanuatu for its outstanding success with the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme.

The High Commissioner spoke after the first charter flight of the 2013/14 RSE season departed Port Vila for Christchurch on Saturday evening, carrying 140 ni-Vanuatu to their seasonal work in New Zealand’s orchards and vineyards.

"Vanuatu has been the number one success story of the RSE, since the scheme started in 2006. During the past year, over 2,800 ni-Vanuatu RSE workers went to New Zealand, up 17% on the previous year", the High Commissioner said.

"Vanuatu is also leading the other Pacific Island countries who participate in the RSE. During the past year, 38% of all RSE workers in New Zealand came from Vanuatu, far more than from any other country", the High Commissioner added.

"The RSE is a great partnership. It is of mutual benefit to the economies of New Zealand and Vanuatu. It has strengthened the people-to-people links between New Zealand and Vanuatu", the High Commissioner said.

"I would like to thank everyone who has helped the New Zealand-Vanuatu RSE to prosper and grow. The Vanuatu Government, the New Zealand Government and the RSE Agents all play an important role. But I would particularly like to thank the ni-Vanuatu RSE workers and their New Zealand employers for what they have achieved", the High Commissioner concluded.

A second RSE charter flight will depart Port Vila for Christchurch in early November.

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