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The service, which started with Fijian RSE workers in Hawke's Bay in the 2018/2019 picking season, lets workers open bank accounts in Fiji before arriving in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied Hawkes Bay Today. A pilot scheme to help Recognised Seasonal Employees (RSEs) send wages home...

Rural industry leaders say without foreign workers they would not be able to get their grapes picked, kiwifruit packed and cows milked. So how dependent are New Zealand's rural industries on migrant labour? Last year, more than 20,000 foreign workers came to New Zealand to work in...

It's time to start giving credit to the seasonal pickers, packers and pruners for the role they play in our economy, writes the University of Waikato's John Gibson. The Government recently announced increases in the cap for visas under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. After the second increase, the scheme will allow up to...

The 1000 square metre building is a well-recognised round building on a 1616 square metre site. Photo / Supplied, Hawkes Bay Today An odd-looking Hastings complex that houses seasonal workers for the country's biggest organic orchard is on the market for sale with a 20 year lease. Once...

Strawberry growers say the Immigration Minister's failure to announce a cap on seasonal workers will result the businesses that harvest in October and November, having to leave a large proportion of their crops rotting in the ground. New Zealand Strawberries and other early season Kiwi produce risks rotting...

At the end of a frustrating season in the mid-1990s, Basil Goodman promised himself that no matter who walked in the door, they'd be put to work in the orchard. As the fruit grower manager of a large syndicated stonefruit and cherry orchard outside Cromwell, he...

Hawke's Bay's apple industry will spend $30 million on building accommodation totalling 1500 beds for RSE (recognised seasonal employment) workers. The Government is yet to decide on approving 1000 extra RSE workers to help pick Hawke’s Bay’s $650 million apple crop in 2020. The apple industry says...

According to Hort NZ, the RSE scheme helped the industry keep up with production and benefitted the Pacific region by $50m last year. The worker scheme known as Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) last year benefitted the Pacific Islands by at least $50 million, says Horticulture New...

Vanuatu's National Workers Union is encouraged by increased organisation by seasonal workers in neighbouring countries in asserting their basic rights. Dozens of ni-Vanuatu on Australia's Seasonal Worker Program last week won a settlement after taking legal action against an agriculture contractor for gross underpayment and mistreatment. The...