RSE staff members from Left, Pinnacle, Pio Teo and Tawunu Samola will be in New Zealand from February 2020.
Pio Teo has been in New Zealand since February 2020, before the borders were closed to fight the Covi-19.
Torhol Contractor Supervisor Teo has five children who have returned home in Samoa. He calls them on video every day.
So far, workers like Teo have been working in the popular RSE program to stay in New Zealand or return to New Zealand or return home with no idea when.
However, Prime Minister Jassinda Arder announced on Monday that the cabinet had agreed in principle to allow current staff in Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu to travel to New Zealand without a two-week stay at MIQ.
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* Marlboro experienced a “significant” shortage of workers during the harvest season
* Foreign workers’ plan in Limbo when boundaries are violated
For people like Te’o, there is now a way to get back home to Samoa and back to New Zealand. But that still does not make it an easy decision.
RSE workers in Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu will be allowed to enter New Zealand without a two-week MIQ.
“We miss our family, but at the same time we have the best chance of making money … We provide everything our family needs at home,” Teo said.
Because of Covi, it’s an important opportunity for people like us here.
Re-opening the border for all RSE workers to enter will be a big challenge when this news comes out. We must choose what is best for us and what we should do. The best option for me is to keep going. ”
But he said the announcement was still a relief. At least he knew he could go home now, and come back with less trouble.
Teo plans to lower his head and continue working until next year.
“Next year, when we have finished all the work, we will come back and rest. Then we will return if the boss allows us. ”
But he was calling from people in Samoa, such as Pinnacle.
When the tortoise moved to New Zealand in early 2020, he had a 5-month-old baby. When he returns home later this month, he will have a baby on August 26.
He says he plans to move out of New Zealand because he wants to spend time with his six children.
After the Marlboro Primary Health Organization built some immunization centers for RSE staff, the tortoise will return to Samoa completely.
Aristotle Mitchell, general manager of Thornhill Veterinary and Garden Development Contract, said he was relieved to be able to return home.
“I think it upset them,” said Michelle.
For some, there were no flights at all. It will be a relief to be in the house when they want to … Some men have really struggled. ”
Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga all managed to protect Covi-19 by not dealing with border issues and community outreach.
The Ministry of Trade, Innovation and Employment and Refugee and Immigration Services General Manager Fiona Witterridge’s one-way neutral trip with Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa was well received by many RSE workers, but raised questions for those workers. Not from countries included.
As a result of VV-19, many RSE workers have remained in New Zealand since the border. These workers have limited or, in some cases, no means of returning to the Pacific.
This announcement gives more confidence to workers in Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa who want to return home and return to New Zealand for another season.
There are currently approximately 7300 RSE workers in New Zealand. Of these, 2,100 arrived in New Zealand in November last year.