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15 women in Fiji leave for NZ seasonal work

Posted On: Thursday, 14 September 2017

SUVA, 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 (DEPTFO NEWS) --- Fiji's Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations this week farewelled and presented Pre-Departure Orientation certificates to fifteen (15) women from Tikina Vaturova of Cakaudrove. These women left the country today for employment opportunities in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme and will be employed with Turners & Growers (T&G) NZ Limited, for a  duration of four months, engaged in Strawberry and Blueberry picking. Of the 15, nine (9) are returning workers and six (6) are selected for the first time by the employer through the National Employment Centre (NEC) to participate under the scheme.

Ministry of Employment, Deputy Secretary, Vilimone Baledrokadroka urged the group to work together as a team and for them to continue to open doors through their good work.

?This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference to your lives, homes and community.  You?re an ambassador of your employer, country, community and your family,? Minister Usamate said.

?Think of those that rely on you here in Fiji while working in NZ and save as much as you can.?

Lanieta Lakolevu, a 19 year old and the youngest returning worker who will also be re-engaged under the scheme said that her first deployment for the period of seven months with the same employer was a worthwhile opportunity for her and her siblings.

?I sent home a total of NZ$700 on a weekly basis to assist in the construction of our family home and I managed to bring back home a total of NZ$4000,? said Lakolevu.

?My goal for this second time around is to assist in the extension of our home and school supplies for my two younger siblings in preparation for the new school year.?

Lakolevu thanked the Fijian Government for assisting rural Fijians in employment opportunities.?....PACNEWS


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