Tonga has opted out of New Zealand’s new seasonal workers scheme this year, due to not being able to meet certain criteria including a guaranteed return flight home at the end of the season.
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Results for Tongan seasonal workers
Wednesday 3 February 2021
Wednesday 23 December 2020
The 162 seasonal workers who left Tonga on Monday for Australia, are spending 14 days in quarantine in a hotel before they are released to work on farms in Tasmania.
Monday 21 December 2020
One hundred and sixty-two seasonal workers left Tonga for Brisbane, Australia today on a chartered flight, confirmed Paul Karalus of Tonga’s Air Terminal Services this afternoon.
Friday 27 November 2020
Wellington, New Zealand
Up to 2,000 experienced seasonal workers from the Pacific will be allowed into New Zealand in 2021 to address labour shortages in the horticulture and wine growing sectors. But countries wanting to send workers must agree to take back not only their new workers coming under the border exception but also other RSE employees already in NZ when the 2020/2021 season ends.
Wednesday 13 May 2015
A volleyball team made up of of Tongan Seasonal workers won the Motueka Volleyball League in New Zealand last week after remaining undefeated throughout the season.
Friday 22 February 2013
New Zealand visas were issued to a group of 36 Tongan seasonal workers under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employers program, and they left Tonga on Thursday February 21, after their police records were re-checked and cleared by Immigration New Zealand and Tonga Police.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
A visit by the Tongan Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele to Mr Apple's Blyth Orchard at Napier, New Zealand on Sunday, May 17 was an inspiration to the 65 Tongan workers who work at the orchard under the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme.