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New Zealand to welcome 3,000 more seasonal workers

New Zealand is welcoming 3,000 overseas employees after it increased the limit of its Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme. The latest increase is the largest one in over a decade, according to New Zealand's ministers, and officially raises the RSE cap to 19,000 workers.

"The additional 3,000 places is a 19% increase on the previous season and acknowledges the industry's current needs based on strong growth and the lower number of working holiday makers onshore right now," said immigration minister Michael Wood.

The expanded cap will see overseas workers from participating Pacific countries provide workforce relief to the horticulture and wine sector.

"We are listening to industry and worked closely with horticulture and wine sectors to ensure we strike the right balance by incentivizing local employment, bringing in further additional workers, and also requiring working conditions to be improved," Wood said.

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