29 Jan 2018

Stakes high for NZ seasonal worker recruitment in Solomons

From , 6:05 am on 29 January 2018

Threats to the safety of a New Zealand seasonal worker recruiter while in Solomon Islands have underlined how desperate people are to join the scheme.

New Zealand's decade-old Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme is this season bringing in 11,000 Pacific workers for the local horticulture and viticulture industries.

But as one RSE contractor who recruits directly in the islands has learnt, the stakes are high.

Johnny Blades reports.

RSE worker in a Hawke's Bay orchard.

RSE worker in a Hawke's Bay orchard. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades