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RSE Conference 2016

21st July 2016

More workers needed for harvest – NZIER report

12th October 2016

Horticulture and viticulture are, together, New Zealand's fourth largest export industry.  

Increase in RSE workers needed

24th November 2016

The horticulture and viticulture industries rely on seasonal workers for harvest and pruning. It is not a full time job but it is an essential one to ensure that the crop is picked at the optimum time and skilled pruning is undertake. To assist with these seasonal tasks workers come from...

A decade of employment solutions for Otago

12th December 2016

Last week, I was at the 10 year anniversary celebration of Seasonal Solutions. 

RSE scheme is not migration – it adds to New Zealand’s wealth

8th February 2017

There is a commonly held misapprehension that the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme with the Pacific Islands is a form of migration; it is not. The workers come to New Zealand for, on average, about six months, and then they return home. They do not migrate to New Zealand. But what they do...

Pacific Trade Deal

1st May 2017

Largely unnoticed last week was the announcement of the Pacific Trade Deal designed to cut down trade barriers covering goods and services as well as reduce tariffs, boost tourism, and raise living standards in the 12 Pacific Island Nations are part of the deal with Australia and New Zealand.

Increase in seasonal workers welcomed

23rd November 2016

An increase of 1,000 seasonal workers announced by Government today brings some welcome relief to the growing horticulture industry, says Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman.

RSE scheme celebrates 10 years

5th July 2017

I remember when there was no Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme and the severe problems horticulture had getting labour at harvest time. It was not easy to find workers who would turn up each day and who wanted to progressively develop their skills. So as an industry – apples, kiwifruit, other horticulture...

Government leaders gather to discuss RSE scheme

10th July 2017

Last week, New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) employers, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, and key Ministers and government officials from both New Zealand and the Pacific countries providing RSE workers to New Zealand, joined together at a conference on the RSE scheme’s 10th birthday. The consensus was that the RSE...

Growing Kiwi Labour

27th October 2017


Seasonal labour a vital ingredient

11th January 2018

Research New Zealand recently conducted a survey reporting on the impacts of the RSE scheme, where it has directly enabled:

Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture

6th November 2018

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.

No workers, no fruit and veges

9th November 2018

There have been three recent announcements of interest to horticulture: