Important information for workers in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) policy
As a RSE worker it is important to know what rights and obligations you have at work and being safe in the workplace.
Here is some practical information about different things you can face while you are at work. It will help answer common questions regarding your work rights, pay, how to stay safe at work, and solving common problems.
Your RSE visa allows you to work for the RSE Employer that has offered you employment until it expires or is revoked. New Zealand has rules regarding your rights as an employee and what you can do. It is very important that you are aware of these.
RSE pre-departure resources (Get Ready Pack and DVD) are available to prepare workers before they travel to
New Zealand and to help assure they do everything possible to benefit from their travel and working experience under the RSE Policy in the Viticulture and Horticulture industry.
RSE ‘Get Ready’ DVD
A ‘Get Ready Orientation’ DVD was produced by the Department to compliment the RSE Get Ready booklet.
If you would like a copy of this DVD please contact us.
Note: A payslip a worker receives may look a bit different and the rates of pay may also be different. The RSE employer will explain to a worker these differences on payslip and rate of pay.
For employers, there are four steps in the RSE process:
The first step in the process for employers is applying for recognition as a recognised seasonal employer (RSE). To find out about the requirements you will need to meet, and how to apply for RSE status, see the RSE requirements pages.
Once you have RSE status you need to apply for an agreement to recruit (ATR) workers from offshore. To find out about the requirements you will need to meet, and how to apply for an ATR, see the ATR requirements pages.
When you have an ATR you can make a job offer. Your prospective worker will need to provide us with evidence of your offer to get a visa from offshore (see the how a worker applies for a limited visa page for details on where a worker can submit their RSE limited visa application). Then they can come to New Zealand, work for the length of time their visa is granted for, and return home. To find out about the requirements the job offer must meet, how you can help the workers that you want to apply, and where they can submit their application, see the employment agreement page.
Finally, if you want to get your workers back for another season, they may be able to return to New Zealand under a new ATR if the conditions of their visa have been met, and if there is a continued labour shortage.
If you would like to be a seasonal worker in the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme you will need to complete the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Overseas Seasonal Employment Application Form. Please read the Guidelines carefully which will help you with completing the Form correctly.
You can download and print this Application Form from this website, or collect it from the Ministry of Internal Affairs office in your island group.
You must complete Section One of the Application Form and attach with your application a passport sized photograph and photocopies of the following documents (not originals):
You must then take your Application Form together with any attachments to your Town Officer and/or District Officer who will complete Section Two of the application form.
In this section, they will be asked to provide their honest assessment of you according to the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Criteria for Seasonal Workers, and verify information previously provided by you in Section One. Your Town Officer and/or District Officer will then return the completed Application (including Section One, Section Two and attachments) directly to the Ministry of Internal Affairs main office on your behalf.
Kapau ‘oku ke fiema’u ha faingamalie ngaue fakataimi í he polokalama toli fua’iakau ki Nu’usila pea mo ‘Aositelelia, koia ‘oku fiema’u keke fakakakato ‘a e Foomu Fakahu Ngaue Toli Fua’iakau Ki Muli (Overseas Seasonal Employment Application Form). Fiema’u ke ke lau ke mahino ‘a e Fakahinohino (Guidelines) ‘oku ‘oatu he’e tokoni kiate koe hono fakakakato ho’o foomu lesisita.
‘E malava foki keke maú atu pe taunilouti ‘a e foomu lesisita mei he uepisaiti ko eni ‘o kapau ‘oku ke ‘i he ‘otumotu ‘i Tonga ni.
‘I ho’o foomu kuopau ke fakapipiki ai ho la’ita paasipooti ‘i loto ‘i he mahina ‘e ‘o, pea ‘omai fakataha moe tatau ‘a ho’o;
‘I he ‘osi hono fakafonu ‘oe Konga Uluaki ‘oe Foomu Lesisita (Foomu Toli) pea fakapipiki kiai moe tatau ‘o e ngaahi tokumeni koeni, kataki ‘o ave e foomu kole ngaue ki ho’o Ofisa Kolo moe Pule Fakavahe aia tena fakakakato atu Konga Ua ‘oe Foomu Lesisita.
‘I he Konga koeni ‘e kole atu ai ke nau fakamatala faitotonu ‘o felave’i mo kinautolu ‘o fakatatau ki he Founga Fili ‘a e Potungaue Fakalotofonua ki he Kau Ngaue Faha’ita’u ke fakamo’oni’i e fakamatala na’a ke fai ‘i he Konga Uluaki. Ko e Ofisa Kolo moe Pule Fakavahe tena fakafoki mai e foomu toli (foomu lesisita) kuo kakato hono fakafonu ‘o kau ai e Konga Uluaki, Konga Ua moe ngaahi pepa ‘oku fiema’u kiai) ‘o fakahangatonu kihe Potungaue Fakalotofonua.
Please also read the Ministry of Internal Affairs Overseas Seasonal Employment Programs Selection Policy to learn more about the Ministry of Internal Affair’s policy, processes and procedures for selecting suitable workers for overseas seasonal employment programs including RSE.
Kataki 'o lau ke mahino ange 'a e tu'utu'uni ngaue 'a e Potungaue Ngaahi Ngaue Fakalotofonua moe Ngaue Toli Fua'i'akau Fakataimi ki Muli ki hono fili ha kaungaue (Selection Policy). Te ke 'ilo lahiange fekau'aki moe tu'utu'uni ngaue 'a e Potungaue, ki he founga ngaue mo e anga 'o e founga hono fili ha kaungaue fe'unga mo e polokalama ngaue toli fua'i'akau fakataimi ki muli 'o kau ai 'a e polokalama toli fua'i'aki ki Nu'usila pea mo 'Aositelelia.
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