Mother’s Big Dream as a Seasonal Worker


MOTHERS are the keystones in a family unit of our country; they hold their own families together while simultaneously making up quite a number of the agricultural seasonal workforce in Australia and New Zealand farms.
While they play a vital role in harvesting the food for the foreign population, farm worker women have the extra responsibility of being the primary caregivers of children.
In other words, being a seasonal worker and a mother at the same time is obviously a tough situation for Karina Buara. Since 2014, She has been part of the recruitment of seasonal workers scheme working in New Zealand farms.
The mother of five children was among other struggling mothers in the country whom have sacrificed themselves to leave their children and travel abroad for work. The thought of joining the seasonal workers emotionally hit her hard. Without wasting any further regrets or time, she finally made her decision. As a matter of fact, she had seen such opportunity as a way forward to financially support her family basic needs and wants.
Speaking to the Women Newspaper Mrs. Buara said that all of the challenges and hardships she faced had helped her to move forward and to find better solutions for her family.
“For me as a housewife, I see that by just doing nothing and depending on our husband’s salary won’t help us to solve our family needs. By seeing this, I tried to find ways that will generate income and also to help my husband to support our family,” she told Solomon Women.
A seasonal farmworker is defined as an individual who is required to be absent from a permanent place of residence for the purpose of seeking remunerated employment in agricultural work in other countries.
As a housewife she recalled her past experience while trying to generate a form of income to support her family.
“In the past, I normally sell baked scones, cakes, popcorns and cooked foods just to keep my family going. And that is when my desire of joining the seasonal workers scheme started,” Mrs Buara said.
After two seasons of working in New Zealand under the seasonal workers scheme of employment, she managed to build a three-bedroom house.
Meanwhile she urged housewives in the country to take on the seasonal workers scheme of employment initiative.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all the young women and girls to start thinking positive about themselves. I believe women are very creative; they have the skill and knowledge where they can use it to generate income for themselves and their family.
“Today we meet many challenges and in order for us to overcome it, we must try to help improve ourselves. Show others that we can also support our families by using our skill and knowledge and be creative in all our decision makings in life,” she said.