Research New Zealand recently conducted a survey reporting on the impacts of the RSE scheme, where it has directly enabled:
Horticulture New Zealand is pleased Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway have increased the amount of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who will be available for the upcoming busy fruit harvest season.
There have been three recent announcements of interest to horticulture:
A Bill to give Immigration New Zealand more flexibility during the COVID-19 response and recovery was introduced into Parliament on 5 May.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Immigration has granted a special direction to issue new limited visas to stranded Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who qualify.
We sent out an update on the changes to the RSE scheme that were made on 8 July. These changes offer increased flexibility and certainty for those involved with the scheme. You can read our update on what these changes include here.
Due to the Minister of Immigration having had surgery, he will not be able to do the webinar scheduled for 2pm Friday 17 July because he has no voice.
FEP workshops are restarting in Pukekohe for growers in Auckland and Waikato. The workshop series will get underway in August, and run through to November 2020.
The latest Recognised Seasonal Worker (RSE) survey – used earlier this year when the industry successfully made the case to keep the scheme in place – is now available here.
The Government has announced that it is extending Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) visas by six months, allowing these workers to stay and work in New Zealand.Immigration New Zealand will contact all RSE employers whose workers visas are expiring.
Work the Seasons has included the availability of Employer to Employer private chat on the Work the Seasons Platform. Work the Seasons have provided details below on how to use the Employer chat to get the most effective results.
The Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme has been in place since 2013.
The horticulture industry says it is appreciative of the Government’s decision to let 2000 Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from the Pacific into New Zealand under strict quarantine and employment conditions.
At this stage, we do not know how the allocation will be managed.