Pacific Quotas Programme

Each year approximately 1,750 people from the Pacific are granted residence under the Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Category (PAC). You can to apply to become a Pacific Quota Employer (PQE) if you are interested in employing through this programme.


One year

With this option employers can

  • Employ workers drawn from the ballot for permanent employment of business activity – you don’t have to check if any New Zealanders are available to do the work first.
  • Hire people within the annual quota from: Samoa 1,100, Fiji 250, Tonga 250, Kiribati 75 and Tuvalu 75.

Things to note

  • There is no requirement for a labour market test.
  • The income threshold for the 2019 – 2020 Quota period is $18.90 an hour for a worker with no dependants and $38,577.76 a year for a worker with dependants.
  • Minimum hours per week must be at least 30 hours.
  • Applicants selected in ballot need to meet health and character requirements, English language requirements, be aged between 18 and 45 years.