New Zealand Seasonal Employer Seeks More Ni-Vanuatu Workers

Seasonal Solutions in country to expand recruitment to all provinces

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 27, 2017) – The biggest employer of the RSE Scheme in New Zealand, Seasonal Solutions, has confirmed its decision in a meeting with Vanuatu Commissioner of Labour in Port Vila yesterday, to spread its recruitment programme to the remaining most isolated areas of the islands throughout all six Provinces.

The Commissioner says he put the proposal to the company and they considered it and approved of it. “In our meeting today (yesterday) I gave them new isolated areas of West Coast Santo and Tassariki, Ureparapara and Torres, the head of the dog on Malekula, East and South Epi, East Pentecost, Aneityum, Aniwa, Futuna and East Erromango as new recruitment areas that have not been penetrated before”, he says.

The Commissioner says they are very keen to move into these areas this season. They have their agents on the islands that go to the communities and recruit direct from inside. He is also looking at linking them with the Provinces, to allow each Province to facilitate the recruitment programme.

While the New Zealand Government has further opened the recruitment gap to 1,000 more workers, Commissioner Kaluat says out of the number Vanuatu could take out 500 on its own.

New Zealand farmers want more workers than the extra 1,000 spaces.

Meanwhile continuing recruitment by employers has not slowed down. “When we believe we have overpopulated both the North and South Islands with our workers, more farmers continue recruit more workers on top of the existing population of over 3,500 workers on the ground”, he says.

“It is from word of mouth promotion from employers who tell their friends about how good our workers are and more employers want to recruit more workers from Vanuatu”.

Also, he says some employers come up to Vanuatu on holiday and end up on Champagne Beach in Santo or Gaua in the Banks and “lose their hearts” in those isolated spots and tell their friends to come over and their connection with Vanuatu continues to grow.

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