24 Oct 2007

98 Samoans chosen for New Zealand work scheme

12:40 pm on 24 October 2007

At least 98 young unemployed men and women have been selected by the Samoan government to work for New Zealand apple producer, Mr Apple, under the new Registered Seasonal Employer scheme, or RSE.

Samoa is one of five Pacific countries chosen for the seasonal work trial.

Close to 4,000 Samoans applied for the jobs and nearly half were short-listed for final interviews.

The scheme was introduced by the New Zealand government and endorsed by the Pacific Island Forum leaders as island countries sought to provide job opportunities for their growing numbers of unemployed.

The chief executive of the Samoa Prime Minister's office, Auseuga'efa Va'asatia Poloma Komiti, says the first group of Samona seasonal workers leaves in two weeks, with more due to go in February.