FRUITGROWERS CHAR­I­TA­BLE TRUST Ki­wifruit in­dus­try smooths the way for RSE med­i­cal ex­ams

The Orchardist - - News -

Peo­ple from Van­u­atu now have ac­cess to dig­i­tal ra­di­ol­ogy equipment partly thanks to the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

In fact with­out the trust, the $50,000 project could not have gone ahead.

“The NZ Fruitgrowers’ Char­i­ta­ble Trust’s do­na­tion played a crit­i­cal role in reach­ing the re­quired amount needed for the pur­chase,” said Ki­wifruit In­dus­try Com­mu­nity Sup­port Trust chair Neil Tre­bilco. Trust ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Keith Macken­zie says the project, run by the Ki­wifruit In­dus­try Com­mu­nity Sup­port Fund, came up $16,538 short of the to­tal sum re­quired for the equipment – a digi­tiser and x-ray ma­chine. The fund ap­proached the trust, which agreed to make up the bal­ance.

A to­tal of 3,500 peo­ple from Van­u­atu come to New Zealand ev­ery year as part of the Recog­nised Sea­sonal Em­ployer (RSE) scheme. As part of their visa ap­pli­ca­tion, RSE work­ers must un­dergo a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at Port Vila, which can be a big trip for po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees who live on out­ly­ing is­lands.

There­fore the new equipment is based on the out­ly­ing is­land of Santo. The dig­i­tizer en­ables x-rays to be made avail­able elec­tron­i­cally and sent to Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand.

Neil Tre­bilco said peo­ple from Van­u­atu made an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the ki­wifruit in­dus­try and the New Zealand econ­omy.

“We are pleased to be able to give them some­thing in re­turn.”

Keith agreed that RSE em­ploy­ees pro­vided “a valu­able life line for our in­dus­try and the eas­ier we can make things for them, the bet­ter.”

“We are pleased to be able to give them some­thing in re­turn.”

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