Clear Horizon carried out an evaluation of two Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) funded programmes that support the New Zealand Government’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Policy targeting Pacific workers:


  • the Strengthening Pacific Partnerships (SPP) programme implemented by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  • the RSE Worker Training Initiative (known as Vakameasina) implemented by Fruition Horticulture.


The evaluation used a theory-driven and mixed-methods approach, incorporating the Kakala ‘Pacific world view’ methodology for cultural appropriateness. Data collection and analysis included desktop/literature review, process mapping, key informant interviews, case studies of workers and employers, a web-based stakeholder survey, and a summit workshop. This evaluation was completed in September 2016.