Akositaine is the Assistant Training and Community Development officer and assists with the development and implementation of training and community development programs for seasonal workers participating in both the SWP and RSE scheme. He delivers pre-departure training, provides pastoral care and counselling for workers and their families, and conducts debriefing and community information session. Akositaine joined the Employment team at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 2015.
Assistant Training and Community Development Officer,
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Lu’isa Manuofetoa commenced with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in January 2015, as the Deputy Director for the Social Protection and Disability Division.
Now as the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Lu’isa is responsible for the overall operation of the MIA which consists of 10 different divisions (of which the RSE and SWP Employment Division is one). Aligning with Tonga’s national theme of a “Progressive Tonga” (which focuses on improving the economy of Tonga), her main responsibility is to ensure that there are as many employment opportunities for Tongan people as possible, whether it be in New Zealand, Australia or any other country that is seeking fit and able-bodied workers Lu’isa must also ensure that both the RSE and SWP programmes are administered according to the contractual requirements put in place between Tonga and New Zealand and Australia and promptly address/resolve any issues that may arise as a result of those requirements.
Lu’isa has the added responsibility of authorising all decisions awaiting approval (alongside the Minister for Internal Affairs) in relation to the administration of the RSE and SWP programmes.
ACTING CEO, MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Feáo assists Ákanesi with processing visa applications for those workers who are selected to travel to New Zealand and participate in the RSE programme. He joined the Employment division in September 2016 after completing his contract as the Personal Assistant to Minister of Internal Affairs.
PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (RECOGNISED SEASONAL EMPLOYER SCHEME), MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Fanauífoóu, (Foóu) is responsible for the daily management of the Employment Division. She is in charge of the administration of the RSE and SWP schemes and accountable to the CEO and relevant stakeholders. Prior to her joining the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 2012, Foóu was with the Ministry of Tourism.
DEPUTY CEO, MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Kulaea is an Employment Officer working on the RSE programme and assists in all aspects of the programme administration, including worker registration, recruitment and selection, visa applications and travel organisation. Kulaea has been involved with the RSE programme since
2010 and finds it very rewarding assisting Tongan workers to be a part of the programme (and witnessing the impact that their involvement has had on them, when they return home).
Akanesi (Nesi) is the Senior Employment Officer responsible for the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE). She is the main contact person for New Zealand employers wishing to recruit Tongan Seasonal Workers under the RSE scheme, and is in charge of all aspects of program administration for RSE, including managing the recruitment and selection process for RSE seasonal workers, assisting workers with completing their visa application and their travel organisation. Akanesi has been involved with RSE scheme since 2012.
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