Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Vanuatu RSE workers excited about one-way travel bubble with NZ

Seasonal workers from Vanuatu are happy to be able to bypass managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) when the new one-way RSE travel bubble with...

Changes to Australia’s Pacific labour programmes welcomed

Changes to Australia's Pacific worker programmes have been welcomed but questions remain over the pathway to permanent residency. The Australian government hailed their reforms to...

Quarantine options for Pacific workforce

Australia is weighing up new quarantine arrangements for Pacific farm workers coming from countries with low coronavirus cases and high vaccination rates. Pacific Minister Zed...

NZ quarantine-free travel for Pacific RSE workers to restart next month

Recognised seasonal employer (RSE) workers from the Pacific Islands will be able to return to New Zealand next month, the Government has announced -...

Solomon Islands workers fly to Australia for seasonal work Programme

A first group of 160 workers have left Solomon Islands Thursday to work in Queensland, Australia under the Seasonal Work Programme (SWP) and the...

Pacific Island seasonal workers filling an ‘absolutely vital’ gap, horticulture sector says

One hundred and fifty seasonal workers have landed from Vanuatu, but New Zealand’s horticultural employers would happily take six times as many. The latest group...
162 Fijian seasonal workers ready for work in Australia. Photo: DEPTFO

Over 500 Fijians selected for overseas employment opportunities during the COVID19 period

The deployment of the third batch of 162 Fijians last week has taken Fiji’s number to over 500 workers in Australia since the recommencement...

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UN and Forum SG pledges resources to the government and people of Tonga

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed his deep concern after reports of a tsunami and ash affecting Tonga following the eruption of an...

Tonga eruption likely the world’s largest in 30 years – scientist

Early data from Tonga's violent volcanic eruption suggests it is the biggest blast since Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines 30 years ago, volcanologist Shane...

EU could suspend Vanuatu visa-free travel over ‘golden passports’ scheme

The European Commission has proposed suspending a visa-free travel arrangement with Vanuatu due to concerns about the Pacific nation’s controversial “golden passports” scheme. The proposed...