3 Feb 2021

Tonga decides not to participate in NZ seasonal work scheme

From , 6:01 am on 3 February 2021

Tonga has decided to not partake in the new Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme in New Zealand due to repatriation and quarantine difficulties.

A border exception for two thousand experienced Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific was announced late last year, to assist the horticulture and wine industies.  

But participating countries had to meet strict criteria - forcing Tonga to pass on the opportunity.

Sela Jane Hopgood reports.

RSE worker in a Hawke's Bay orchard.

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