Aparosa Bulinitarawereierenauvula, from Wayalailai village in Fiji, has worked on the same orchard
in the Hawke’s Bay since 2014 download video
Securing temporary and permanent labour can be challenging for growers. Without RSE workers a lot of the fruit produced in New Zealand wouldn’t be picked, packed or processed.
“More RSE workers are coming from the Pacific each year which is great for our growers. This year we’ve opened almost 3,000 new RSE accounts in the Hawke’s Bay region, up from 30-40 10 years ago.”
“We found workers didn’t always understand the banking language and technology used here. To help, local ANZ staff visited the orchards to make sure our customers – both growers and pickers – were getting what they need.”
ANZ’s pilot scheme also offers workers free financial education through ANZ’s MonayMinded programme.
Aparosa Bulinitarawereierenauvula, from Wayalailai village in Fiji, has worked on the same orchard in the Hawke’s Bay since 2014 and said the pilot programme has helped him understand how to best use his earnings to look after his family and his village.
“It gives us courage to plan, set [financial] goals and try our best to achieve those goals,” Mr Bulinitarawereierenauvula says.
ANZ is working to extend the pilot scheme to all Pacific countries with RSE workers.
About the ANZ Pilot Scheme
ANZ introduced the Pilot Scheme in response to the increase in Recognised Seasonal Employees (RSE) coming to New Zealand for seasonal horticulture work.
The scheme lets Fiji-based RSEs open a bank account before they leave the country. Once the workers arrive in New Zealand, the local ANZ team finishes the account opening process and visits the workers on the orchards to issue their EFTPOS cards.
The New Zealand ANZ team then organises education evenings to teach the workers how to use internet banking, ANZ goMoney, how to send money back home to Fiji, and how to access and use a Smart ATM. ANZ also offers financial education for those who’d like to learn more about how to best use their wages.
Fiji was chosen as a trial location because the number of RSE workers from there is small compared to Samoa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
ANZ is working to extend the service to all regions with RSE workers.
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