Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme 

Under the new border exception RSE workers from the Pacific will be allowed to enter New Zealand to support the horticulture and viticulture industries. 150 workers will be able to enter New Zealand every 16 days from June 2021. 


On arrival workers will transfer directly to managed isolation.  

Individual workers need to meet immigration requirements to be granted a visa. 


RSE workers will only be able to enter New Zealand from Pacific countries that have been assessed as a low-risk COVID-19 country.


Participating countries need to commit to repatriating workers at the end of the season.

Employers need an Agreement to Recruit (ATR) to employ offshore RSE workers.


The ATR requires employers to show they have taken all reasonable steps to train and employ New Zealanders before seeking a migrant worker. The Ministry of Social Development is consulted in this process. 


Eligible employers will be required to make additional commitments regarding flight costs, managed isolation and quarantine requirements, work conditions including paying workers NZD $22.10 an hour, and pastoral care. They will also be required to ensure workers are employed for the full period of their visa, help workers move to areas of greatest demand and provide progress reports.