Air New Zealand announced 150 seasonal workers from Samoa who are taking up employment in New Zealand for the first time since borders closed in March 2020 have arrived tonight on the last of five flights that have transported more than 700 workers from Apia to Auckland over the past six weeks under the Recognised Seasonal Employer programme.
The airline has transported workers on three charter and two commercial services between Samoa and New Zealand to support a sustainable seasonal labour force for orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island. Once the workers have completed two weeks of managed isolation, they will disperse around New Zealand to support the country’s horticulture and viticulture industries for the next seven months.
Air New Zealand’s Country Manager Samoa Karen Gatt says the airline’s team based at Faleolo Airport was excited to see so many travellers and their families arriving at the terminal again when the RSE programme kicked off in January.
“We’re happy to be able to support both the New Zealand and Samoan Governments and New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc with the RSE programme which connects people with jobs and New Zealand with much needed seasonal workers. I’m really proud of our team which has worked hard to ensure these flights have run smoothly.”
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