4 Apr 2017

NZ offers to help Solomons improve RSE participation

From , 3:03 pm on 4 April 2017

New Zealand has offered to help Solomon Islands improve its participation in its Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

More than 600 Solomon Islanders currently work in viticulture and horticulture in New Zealand - the highest number since Solomon Islands joined the scheme in 2007.

However this pales in comparison to countries such as Vanuatu which has more than 4000 workers in NZ and Samoa and Tonga who have about 2000 each participating.

Solomon Islands minister of foreign affairs Milner Tozaka has welcomed an offer of technical assistance from his NZ counterpart Murray McCully to help Solomon Islands try and improve its involvement.

This was relayed to Mr Tozaka during a tour of New Zealand last week.

He spoke with Koroi Hawkins about the trip.

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Photo: RNZ/Johnny Blades