15 Feb 2018

Usamate's NZ visit aims to boost Fijian RSE worker numbers

4:03 pm on 15 February 2018

Fiji's employment minister Jone Usamate is on a visit to New Zealand exploring opportunities for more Fijians to work on the country's orchards and vineyards.

The Fiji health minister, Jone Usamate.

Jone Usamate Photo: International Labour Organisation cc-by-2.0

He was expected to visit seasonal workers and employers in the horticultural areas of Hawkes Bay, Alexandra and Blenheim.

The Fiji government said talanoa sessions were held with the Fijian community in Wellington this week.

The week-long tour included talks with New Zealand's Minister for Immigration and follows a visit to Australia last week where he also met with seasonal workers.