Making a difference.
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
The people, the people, the people.
What it's all about.
Our RSE Whanau
The Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme was set up in New Zealand in 2007 as a means for the horticulture industry to tap into the invaluable labour resource of our neighbouring Asia-Pacific countries.
This enabled the horticulture and viticulture sectors to confidently grow amid domestic labour shortages, knowing they had access to a reliable and motivated workforce. In turn, it also supplied participating nations with a significant revenue stream through the remittances of these workers. This has helped the Asia-Pacific communities and businesses to develop and grow, as well as improve the education prospects of the upcoming generation.
In New Zealand, industry growth as a result of the RSE scheme has meant permanent, reliable job creation and career paths for Kiwis in fields like labour management, pastoral care, and accommodation management (to name a few).
Horohia ai nga pakiaka o te rakau. He ruruhau mo nga iwi ke
With hands spread we lay the roots of the tree. People of all tribes under its shade
Our seasonal workers have different cultures and speak different languages, but at Hortus they come together as whanau. We are lucky to employ men and women from Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.