The Labor Mobility Unit (LMU) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Tradeis stressing tothe general publicthe importance of verifying the legitimacy of Agents whorecruit for the New Zealand Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE) and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

The Unit is making clearthat people wanting to participate should never have to pay money to an individualpromising to give them work under these schemes. If you need to verify whether an agent is licensed or require any other information relating to these schemes you should visit the LMU.

This announcement comes after reports of bogus agents falsely promising to send people to New Zealandand Australia.

 A bogus agent promising to send workers to New Zealand in return for money has already been arrested by Police and as such the LMU is warning the general public to be aware of these bogus agents.

If an individual or agent is not authorized by the LMU, they are unable to offer jobs under the RSE scheme; anyone claiming to be an agent who does not have a license is committing fraud and will be referred to the police.

The public is therefore advised that they must first enquire with the LMU to verifythe authenticity of the recruiting Agents before proceeding with the recruitment process. This should avoid any misleading information being provided and prevent false expectations arisingforseasonal job offers in New Zealand by those persons who dishonestly claim to be agents.

For New Zealand RSE the LMU currently has nine approved agents while for the Australia SWP there is currently no approved agents.

The LMU approved license required by agents to recruit workers for both the New Zealand RSE scheme and the Australian SWPis valid for one year only and all licensed recruiters are kept on file at the LMU, which isavailable to the public to view. They also welcome any honest individuals who may wish to recruit for Australia or New Zealand through the proper processes to apply for a license.

Some of the conditions to become a licensed agent include havingestablished a business relationship with an Approved Employer abroadand committing not to charge fees or collect money from potential workers without any formalized arrangement between the approved Employer, LMU and the approved recruiting agent.

A list of approved recruiting agents and their contacts for the New Zealand RSE scheme can be collected from the LMU office within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade at Melanesia Pacific Haus. Enquires can also be made by phone 21250.

List of Approved Agent for NZRSE 2016

  1. Lorraine & Simon - Seasonal Employment Agent
  2. Nixon Asugeni - AMA Recruitment Agency
  3. Louisa Fakaia Indu - AL Recruiting Agent
  4. Gaye Au Ramosaea - Psalms Employment Services
  5. Remington Tagini & Russell Tagina - Island Agency
  6. Simon Tarifiu - Seasonal Employment Agent
  7. Moses Omearo - SSEC Transit
  8. Jacob Kanai - Suhairato Recruiters
  9. Lency Rotu - LR Recruitment Agency