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RSE Conference

Kia Orana, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō e lelei, Malo le soifua, Malo ni, Fakatalofa atu, Noaˈia ˈe mḁuri, Kam na mauri and Warm Pacific Greetings.

The 16th annual RSE Conference will bring the Pacific and RSE employers together to share learnings and discuss the future of the scheme. Led by MC Caren Rangi, speakers will include Pacific representatives, government officials, RSE employers and workers.

This year’s gala dinner will combine with the Horticulture Conference, providing a great evening event for connection and networking.

RSE Conference Programme | Tuesday

*speakers and timings subject to change

Tuesday (Plenary/Auditorium)
12.30pm – 1.15pmLunch with NZAPI delegates in Exhibition Hall
1.15pmMihi whakatau
Ava ceremony
MC Caren Rangi
1.50pmHon Carmel Sepuloni
2.05pmMessage from Platinum sponsor Countdown
2.10pmMBIE sessions: RSE 101
Tony Jensen
Tamara Johns
2.40pmMBIE sessions: Labour Inspectorate update
Kerri Ahomiro
Margaret Meafua
3.00pmMBIE sessions: Compliance
Paul Stephenson
3.10pmMBIE sessions: Policy review update
Sam Foley
Mel Mylvaganam
3.30pmAfternoon tea
4.00pmStrategy updates from the Pacific
Pacific Representatives

RSE Conference Programme | Wednesday

*speakers and timings subject to change

Wednesday (Plenary/Auditorium)
8.45amMessage from Wednesday RSE sessions sponsor - OrbitProtect
8.50amStaying ahead of the game: the RSE scheme and the PALM program in 2023
Charlotte & Richard Bedford
9.20amPACER Plus
Roy Lagolago & Alisi Holani
9.50amConnecting RSE workers with tangata whenua
Ngahiwi Tomoana - Ngāti Kahungunu
Heather Kean – T&G
Teei Fairburn – Eastpack
10.30amMorning tea
11.00amEmployers perspectives: RSE recruitment practices
Lee du Preez -Southern Cross Horticulture
Richard Lenton - Avocado
Heaven/Aeneid Seventeen
11.30amCultural competency panel: understanding differences between people from different countries and how RSE employers can apply this
Moderated by Dr Edmond Fehoko - Fehoko Consulting
1.30pm Ola Manuia: RSE Wellbeing Framework
Faamata Laumalili - MBIE
Tofilau Talalelei Taufale - Te Whatu Ora
2.00pmSSWFP: Worker and family wellbeing programme
Peter & Regina Bumseng
2.40pmRSE travel – importance of being prepared in advance
Alesha Sturgeon – World Travellers
3.00pmAfternoon tea
3.30pmPacific Australia Labour Mobility / Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Priya Sivakumaran, Director, Pacific Labour Growth, Strategy and Design Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Sue Saunders, Assistant Secretary, PALM Delivery, Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
Cary Duffy, A/g Assistant Secretary, PALM Transition and Governance, Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
4.00pmClosing Panel: Talanoa
Moderated by David Vaeafe – Pacific Cooperation Foundation
5.00pm – 5.45pmBreak
5.45pm – lateHorticulture and RSE Conference Awards Dinner
*tickets must be purchased to this event