November 11, 2016 9:30 am

Women impress in NZ seasonal work scheme

The first group of women from the tikina of Vaturova that was employed with Turners & Growers under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer Work Scheme have been praised by the employer for their excellent work performance. This was revealed by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Jone Usamate after receiving an […]

The first group of women from the tikina of Vaturova that was employed with Turners & Growers under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer Work Scheme have been praised by the employer for their excellent work performance.

Group photo of the fifteen Vaturova women deployed under the New Zealand RSE Work Scheme with outgoing Minister for Employment Honourable Semi Koroilavesau.
Group photo of the fifteen Vaturova women deployed under the New Zealand RSE Work Scheme with outgoing Minister for Employment Honourable Semi Koroilavesau.

This was revealed by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Jone Usamate after receiving an update from the employer last week.

“I ‘m very happy to hear that our women workers from the tikina of Vaturova are coping well with their work in New Zealand and I sincerely thank them for their remarkable achievements,” Hon. Usamate said.

New Zealand T&G Orchard Operations manager Mr Richard Lenton highlighted that the fifteen Fijian women commenced work with the company in September and their performances have been outstanding within a month of their engagement.

“In simple terms, I am very impressed with our Fijian ladies.  They are a very happy group and are certainly very productive,” Mr Lention said.  

“I have also been very impressed with the Group Leader, Peniana Tamona who certainly appears to be leading by example.”

Mr Lenton also thanked the women for their inter-relations with the new RSE group that arrived from Kiribati, without any hesitation.

On the same note, the employer urged Fijian women to avoid shyness and feel free to ask whatever questions they have as this will help the employer understand the need for any assistance that workers may require.

Minister Usamate thanked the employer for choosing Fiji to recruit from and for having faith in Fijian people to contribute towards the success of the business and at the same time assisting in improving the livelihoods of Fijians from rural settings through seasonal work employment opportunities.

The Minister is also looking forward to receiving similar updates of other Fijian workers employed through the Government bilateral agreement between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.