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Friday 20 May 2022

Employment

Seeka harvest down due to smaller crop, tighter labour
19 May 2022   /

Seeka harvest down due to smaller crop, tighter labour

Seeka expects its 2022 kiwifruit harvest will fall short of forecasts due to lower crop volumes and a tight labour market, but said that it is too early to provide current year earnings guidance.


Food sector agreements, wage exemptions, fast track residency to plug worker shortages – govt
12 May 2022   /

Food sector agreements, wage exemptions, fast track residency to plug worker shortages – govt

New sector agreements with the meat processing and seafood industries will be put in place later this year to help develop their workforces, says the government.


Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes
12 May 2022   /

Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes

The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.


Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees
11 May 2022   /

Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees

The Employment Court has found three former Gloriavale commune members on the West Coast were employees not volunteers at the registered charity which has F&B ventures.


Unemployment stays at record low, wages on the rise
5 May 2022  

Unemployment stays at record low, wages on the rise

Unemployment has remained at a record low of 3.2% for the March 2022 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest employment figures.


More than 6k working holiday applicants so far, more expected with border easing
2 May 2022   /

More than 6k working holiday applicants so far, more expected with border easing

The workers will support NZ’s hospitality, horticultural and tourism sectors, says Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.


Seeka staff call for secure wages in new agreement
2 May 2022   /

Seeka staff call for secure wages in new agreement

Workers at Seeka have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new collective agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June.


Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line
28 Apr 2022   /

Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line

Hawke’s Bay iwi-owned Takitimu Seafoods has started a restructure consultation process which could see its headcount reduce from 70 workers to 25 after falling to a $6.9m loss in its 2020-21 year.


Seeka updates on “challenging” 2022 harvest
27 Apr 2022  

Seeka updates on “challenging” 2022 harvest

Listed kiwifruit company Seeka has labelled the 2022 harvest across Australia and New Zealand as “challenging” amid labour, weather and supply chain headwinds.


A closer look: NZKS overhaul will see 100 jobs go
14 Apr 2022  

A closer look: NZKS overhaul will see 100 jobs go

The salmon farmer expects many roles to go via natural attrition, as it reduces its harvest size from 8,000 to 6,500 tonnes.


Food and fibre workers welcomed, but make it quick and allow more – MIA, DairyNZ
12 Apr 2022   /

Food and fibre workers welcomed, but make it quick and allow more – MIA, DairyNZ

Under-pressure meat processors are among business that will benefit from an increase in the class border exceptions and caps.


Countdown backs modern slavery consultation
11 Apr 2022   /

Countdown backs modern slavery consultation

Government proposals would require organisations to take action if they become aware of modern slavery or worker exploitation.


Supply chain pressure bolsters record Q1 job listings – Trade Me
6 Apr 2022   /

Supply chain pressure bolsters record Q1 job listings – Trade Me

Supply chain challenges were one of the reasons behind a record number of job vacancies in the first quarter of the year according to analysis from Trade Me Jobs.


Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt
31 Mar 2022   /

Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt

The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.


Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report
31 Mar 2022   /

Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report

The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders could make it harder for employers to fill critical worker shortages as Kiwis head overseas, according to a new report which estimates a net outflow of 16,500 people as border opened.


Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ
30 Mar 2022   /

Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ

The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented. 


Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report
24 Mar 2022  

Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report

New Zealand companies are seeing an acceleration of ‘career waka jumping,’ according to the 2021/22 Beyond Recruitment Economic & Labour Report.


Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps
22 Mar 2022   /

Hundreds needed to plug Countdown supply chain gaps

Hundreds of people are required to plug gaps in Countdown’s supply chain because of Covid-19 absenteeism.


NZKGI puts the call out for more workers
15 Mar 2022   /

NZKGI puts the call out for more workers

Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says the sector is desperate to attract overseas backpackers to come over and pick fruit this season.


Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt
14 Mar 2022   /

Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt

But it’s no ‘silver bullet’ for industries struggling to cope with labour shortages.


BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation
10 Mar 2022   /

BusinessNZ welcomes shorter self-isolation

Business New Zealand has called the government reduced self-isolation for positive Covid cases “a pragmatic response.”


Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday
9 Mar 2022   /

Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday

The isolation period for Covid-19 cases and household contacts will go down to seven days from 10 at 11.59pm on Friday 11 March.


Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union
8 Mar 2022   /

Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union

Countdown employees working alongside Australian colleagues shipped in to fill gaps in New Zealand stores and supply chains should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly higher rates of their colleagues from across the ditch, First Union says.


Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines
8 Mar 2022   /

Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.


Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs
8 Mar 2022   /

Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs

A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.


Foreign worker scheme boosted for dairy season
3 Mar 2022   /

Foreign worker scheme boosted for dairy season

Federated Farmers is relieved hundreds of extra international dairy workers can enter New Zealand this season.


Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next
2 Mar 2022   /

Warehouse, logistics absenteeism surges past 40%, manufacturers expected to be next

The supply chain is being hammered with consumers warned to expect gaps.


F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps
1 Mar 2022   /

F&B firms scramble to plug Omicron gaps

Omicron absenteeisms are piling pressure on supply chains, with manufacturers scrambling to retrain and redeploy staff.


RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ
1 Mar 2022   /

RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ

Horticulture New Zealand says the government’s decision to boost the cap on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme would benefit future picking seasons.


RSE worker cap raised, challenges remain – govt
28 Feb 2022   /

RSE worker cap raised, challenges remain – govt

The government’s extended the cap on RSE workers for this season but warned there might be hurdles in getting enough people here to finish picking.


Wine demand strong as $1bn harvest kicks off
22 Feb 2022   /

Wine demand strong as $1bn harvest kicks off

Ongoing international demand and low stock levels have winemakers hoping for a significantly larger harvest this year, after a 19% drop in yield in 2021.


Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber
21 Feb 2022  

Govt needs to clarify RAT rules – chamber

Auckland’s Business Chamber wants clarity from the government over how companies can access rapid antigen tests.


Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ
21 Feb 2022   /

Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ

Job ads posted on website Seek reached a record in January, however hospitality and tourism ads were down 4% from December.


Kiwifruit sector forecasts record 190 million tray harvest
18 Feb 2022   /

Kiwifruit sector forecasts record 190 million tray harvest

The kiwifruit sector is forecasting a record harvest this year of at least 190 million trays.


Businesses critical of minimum wage increase
14 Feb 2022   /

Businesses critical of minimum wage increase

The business sector is critical of a move to raise the minimum wage 6% during the expected Omicron wave.


Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled
10 Feb 2022  

Critical business register live today, close contact exemption scheme unveiled

Critical worker close contacts can keep going to work instead of isolating if they return a negative RAT under the new scheme.


Critical worker details coming this week – PM
9 Feb 2022   /

Critical worker details coming this week – PM

Industries will know by the end of this week which of them are considered critical, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


Mixed reception to border plan from food sector groups
4 Feb 2022   /

Mixed reception to border plan from food sector groups

While it opens for more workers, it comes too late for some and does not do enough to address labour shortages for others.


Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM
3 Feb 2022   /

Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM

But they will still need to go into self-isolation, says Jacinda Ardern.


Labour shortages concern, global prices strong for producers – ANZ
3 Feb 2022   /

Labour shortages concern, global prices strong for producers – ANZ

Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.


EMA gives thumbs down to income insurance proposal
3 Feb 2022   /

EMA gives thumbs down to income insurance proposal

EMA won’t support the government’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme as it is, saying it would result in a further tax on businesses.


Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries
2 Feb 2022   /

Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries

The Omicron wave about to wash over New Zealand will exacerbate an already tightening labour market.


Govt inaction could impact food production – Nats
1 Feb 2022   /

Govt inaction could impact food production – Nats

The National Party says government inaction on border class exceptions for time-critical workers could have an impact on food production and distribution in New Zealand.


… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff
8 Dec 2021   /

… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff

Sealord will not make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for New Zealand staff, seeking instead to mirror in the workplace what could reasonably be expected in a public environment.


Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey
3 Dec 2021   /

Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey

Mounting skills shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions are among the key challenges for company directors, according to the Institute of Directors and ASB Bank’s annual survey.


Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health
29 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Grocery workers, Covid and mental health

Grocery workers are suffering the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace.


Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise
29 Nov 2021   /

Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise

Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.


Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs
24 Nov 2021   /

Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs

Domino’s is hoping a year’s worth of free pizza will help fill more than 1500 new part-time and full-time roles.


Coca-Cola retains The Gender Tick
22 Nov 2021  

Coca-Cola retains The Gender Tick

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has retained The Gender Tick accreditation for 2021.


Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri
5 Nov 2021   /

Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri

Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.


Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties
4 Nov 2021   /

Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties

The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.


Without law change, mandating staff vaccination “risky” – HortNZ
3 Nov 2021  

Without law change, mandating staff vaccination “risky” – HortNZ

Without a law change, it is risky for employers to mandate vaccination in any workplace, says Horticulture New Zealand.


Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate
2 Nov 2021   /

Countdown preps ‘no jab, no job’ mandate

The supermarket chain is consulting on a proposal that will see all of its 18,000 employees subject to a vaccine mandate.


RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel
29 Oct 2021   /

RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel

The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.


Zespri slashes 2022 SunGold licences
21 Oct 2021   /

Zespri slashes 2022 SunGold licences

The quantity of SunGold Kiwifruit licence to be released in 2022 has been slashed in half to 350 hectares.


Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%
20 Oct 2021   /

Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%

Silver Fern Farms and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU) have agreed an increase in the minimum hourly rate paid at the meat processor to $24 per hour – an increase of almost 10%.


Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions
13 Oct 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.


8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest
12 Oct 2021  

8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest

The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.


Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA
6 Oct 2021   /

Vaccine passports should be extended to workplaces – EMA

The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace.


Global food firms and the SDGs – Fonterra, Zespri ranked
4 Oct 2021   /

Global food firms and the SDGs – Fonterra, Zespri ranked

The 350 biggest global food firms are assessed on their environmental, nutritional and social impact. Who is leading and who is lagging? 


17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt
30 Sep 2021  

17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt

The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the food and accommodation sectors to stay in NZ.


Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers
28 Sep 2021   /

Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers

One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.


Kiwifruit season could be short nearly a quarter of workers – Zespri
23 Sep 2021  

Kiwifruit season could be short nearly a quarter of workers – Zespri

Labour shortages, increased kiwifruit supply, and shipping disruptions are leading to the one of the most challenging seasons in decades, says Zespri.


RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals
13 Sep 2021   /

RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals

The details are yet to be finalised but government confirmation that quarantine-free travel will commence in October for workers from Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa has provided a boost to growers.


Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings
10 Sep 2021   /

Food firms dominate Kiwi co-op rankings

Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.


Synlait looks for 150 layoffs to save up to $12m
8 Sep 2021  

Synlait looks for 150 layoffs to save up to $12m

The move to “review and reset the structure of the business” could see as many as 150 jobs go at the dairy company.


Staff safety focus for Countdown following attack and “aggressive” lockdown environment
6 Sep 2021  

Staff safety focus for Countdown following attack and “aggressive” lockdown environment

Countdown has called in trauma psychologists who have met with staff who were working when a terrorist carried out an attack on shoppers in Auckland’s New Lynn supermarket on Friday.


Applications open for next round of wage subsidy
3 Sep 2021  

Applications open for next round of wage subsidy

Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level lockdowns can apply for the next instalment of the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Friday 3 September.


Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission
1 Sep 2021   /

Union urges centralised bargaining in ComCom grocery submission

First Union has highlighted centralised wage bargaining “as a key tool to constrain excess supermarket profitability and secure decent work for everyone in the supply chain,” in its submission to the Commerce Commission’s market study into the grocery sector.


Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout
31 Aug 2021   /

Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout

F&B manufacturers are keen to get essential services staff vaccinated but it’s not easy, despite government encouragement.


Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected
24 Aug 2021   /

Outbreak puts 1000+ Countdown staff in isolation, more expected

The supermarket group expects the number of staff affected to keep rising as locations of interest and close contact lists grow.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers
23 Aug 2021   /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.


Supermarket worker vaccination plan in pipeline
19 Aug 2021   /

Supermarket worker vaccination plan in pipeline

The government is today expected to provide details on a move to bump supermarket workers up the vaccination priority list which would see jabs being given on-site.


Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions
13 Aug 2021  

Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions

The Primary Production Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the primary industries of New Zealand.


Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave
10 Aug 2021   /

Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave

Poultry company Ingham’s is introducing paid vaccination leave for its staff in New Zealand and Australia in an extension to its health and wellbeing benefits.


MIA launches worker shortage campaign
6 Aug 2021   /

MIA launches worker shortage campaign

The Meat Industry Association has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees – currently standing at around 2,000 people.


Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB
5 Aug 2021   /

Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB

New Zealand’s closed border is putting additional strain on the country’s labour market with ASB warning the impacts could last several years.


Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers
4 Aug 2021   /

Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers

Living wages, job security and local sourcing are the pillars of the initiative.


RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…
3 Aug 2021   /

RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…

The horticulture and viticulture sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the government’s decision to streamline the entry of seasonal workers from the Pacific.


…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers
3 Aug 2021   /

…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers

The positions were needed to help meet global demand for the grower’s apples.


Restaurant Association expands Hospostart
27 Jul 2021   /

Restaurant Association expands Hospostart

The Restaurant Association is expanding its training programme, Hospostart, after receiving further backing from the Ministry of Social Development.


New people chief for A2 Milk
26 Jul 2021   /

New people chief for A2 Milk

The A2 Milk Company has filled another role in its leadership team appointing a new chief people and culture officer following the departure of Lisa Burquest in January.


Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year
26 Jul 2021  

Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year

Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.


MIA calls for halal butchers visa category
19 Jul 2021   /

MIA calls for halal butchers visa category

Government changes to some essential skills visa will help ease some of the pressure on the red meat sector’s migrant workforce but a permanent solution is needed, according to the Meat MORE »


Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry
16 Jul 2021   /

Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Gig economy workers worse off – CTU
15 Jul 2021  

Gig economy workers worse off – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed a report into the gig economy in New Zealand, which it says delves into the experiences and difficulties faced by gig workers like rideshare and food delivery drivers and considers international precedents and potential options for change.


Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson
14 Jul 2021   /

Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson

Too many jobs are being created in the low-wage economy, says the finance minister.


Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker
14 Jul 2021  

Restaurant director fined for exploiting worker

The director of Auckland restaurant Kiran Cuisine has been ordered to pay full arrears of $75,026.18 in unpaid minimum wage, leave, and holiday pay to a former employee, as well as a further $50,000 in penalties.


Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI
13 Jul 2021   /

Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI

The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.


Food & Fibre CoVE partners up with Te Pūkenga
7 Jul 2021   /

Food & Fibre CoVE partners up with Te Pūkenga

The Food and Fibre Centre for Vocational Excellence and the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, Te Pūkenga, have signed what the partners describe as a ground-breaking Memorandum of Agreement.


Feed Your Future campaign concludes
7 Jul 2021  

Feed Your Future campaign concludes

The Feed Your Future career promotion campaign has concluded having held seven events taking high school students to visit primary sector businesses from Whangarei to Invercargill throughout May and June.


Inquiry welcome, industry transition “challenging” – Seafood NZ
5 Jul 2021   /

Inquiry welcome, industry transition “challenging” – Seafood NZ

Seafood NZ has welcomed the government’s inquiry into foreign workers but warns getting more Kiwis involved in the sector will be a challenge.


Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector
2 Jul 2021   /

Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector

Former Sanford COO Greg Johansson will help conduct the inquiry.


Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ
25 Jun 2021   /

Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ’s quarterly planning forecast shows the economy bounced back during the June quarter with GDP figures holding up well, although warned that constraints to growth are rising.


Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber
23 Jun 2021  

Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber

The Auckland Business Chamber has added its voice to calls for immediate action in opening the border to allow entry for key workers to support the primary exports, hospitality, accommodation, and tourism sectors.


B+LNZ launches employment hub
16 Jun 2021  

B+LNZ launches employment hub

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has officially launched its new online employment hub, which it describes as a one-stop shop for farm owners and managers to assist them as employers.


Apple industry winter employee funding
15 Jun 2021  

Apple industry winter employee funding

NZ Apples and Pears Inc is encouraging apple industry employers to draw on new government funding to keep their workers employed during the winter season.


Goodman Fielder launches new green goals, targets 2040 for net zero emissions
4 Jun 2021  

Goodman Fielder launches new green goals, targets 2040 for net zero emissions

Food giant Goodman Fielder has introduced a new sustainability strategy that will see it use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 and halve its food waste by 2030.


Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt
4 Jun 2021  

Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt

Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.


Sick leave doubles to 10 days
25 May 2021   /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


Comvita leadership takes up $2.3m in shares
24 May 2021   /

Comvita leadership takes up $2.3m in shares

Eight senior staffers have accessed Comvita’s new share purchase and loan scheme which has seen the company grant loans totalling $2.28m .


No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt
18 May 2021  

No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt

The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.


Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs
18 May 2021  

Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.


PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants
14 May 2021   /

PM to lead trade delegation to Aus, signals shift from low skilled migrants

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Australia in early July.


Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills
14 May 2021  

Govt gives helping hand for food & fibre skills

The government has established six new Workforce Development Councils, including one for people, food and fibre. to support the vocational education system.


Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue
11 May 2021   /

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.


NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021
3 May 2021  

NZ AgriFood Week kicks off for 2021

Delegates from around the country are converging on the Manawatu for the 2021 New Zealand Agrifood Week.


Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign
30 Apr 2021  

Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign

Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.


Online course aims to hothouse Kiwi horticulture talent
28 Apr 2021  

Online course aims to hothouse Kiwi horticulture talent

New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc and GoHort have backed free online courses to attract Kiwi’s into horticulture roles.


New partnership empowers primary sector progress
23 Apr 2021   /

New partnership empowers primary sector progress

The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.


TWE named one of the best places to work
22 Apr 2021   /

TWE named one of the best places to work

Treasury Wine Estates has been named as one of the top companies to work in Australia and New Zealand.


Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list
19 Apr 2021  

Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list

Cafe workers, fast food cooks and kitchen hands are now on the Government’s oversupply list for all regions except Queenstown Lakes and Mackenzie Districts.


Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister
14 Apr 2021   /

Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister

The winners of the Good Employer Awards have been revealed.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill
9 Apr 2021   /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry
8 Apr 2021  

Perspectives: Women empowerment and peer support in the wine industry

Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, a traditionally masculine domain.


Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers
8 Apr 2021   /

Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers

Federated Farmers has asked the government to allow 500 skilled dairy staff into New Zealand.


Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role
6 Apr 2021   /

Kiwifruit Vine Health boss moves to top MPI role

The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt
6 Apr 2021  

Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt

Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.


T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs

The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go
30 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


Food sector jobs down in Feb
30 Mar 2021   /

Food sector jobs down in Feb

Jobs in the accommodation and food services sectors were down 5.4% for February 2021.


Woolworths NZ appoints managing director
18 Mar 2021   /

Woolworths NZ appoints managing director

Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.


Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats
18 Mar 2021   /

Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats

The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.


F&B firms finalists in MPI Good Employer Awards
16 Mar 2021   /

F&B firms finalists in MPI Good Employer Awards

T&G Global, Trevelyan, and Constellation Brands are among the food and beverage companies recognised.


Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches
11 Mar 2021   /

Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches

An investigation in 2019 found breaches of minimum employment standards in relation to 24 workers.


Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance
9 Mar 2021  

Jobs safe despite $16m automation investment – Alliance

Southland’s largest employer is automating its warehouse and using laser guided storage and retrieval systems.


700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE
1 Mar 2021   /

700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE

The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.


INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT
22 Feb 2021   /

INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT

Immigration New Zealand is doing more harm than good when it comes to the horticulture sector and the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, according to the ACT Party. “A completely inflexible MORE »


Govt extends visitor visas
22 Feb 2021   /

Govt extends visitor visas

The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.


AGMARDT looks for associate board member
19 Feb 2021   /

AGMARDT looks for associate board member

The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust is taking applications for an associate board member to join its board of trustees. AGMARDT was an independent, not-for-profit charitable trust fostering MORE »


Countdown call centre staff picket Ponsonby store
14 Dec 2020  

Countdown call centre staff picket Ponsonby store

The action comes as pay negotiations remain “unresolved”.


Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle
11 Dec 2020  

Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle

Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.


Migrant exploitation earns Kiwfruit firm $250k fine
10 Dec 2020  

Migrant exploitation earns Kiwfruit firm $250k fine

Rajasekar Chellappa, former owner of Raj Kiwi, failed to pay minimum wage to six workers.


Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement
10 Dec 2020  

Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement

A cohort of Best Ugly Bagels staff is aiming to negotiate a collective employment agreement will calls going out for more workers to join E tū union.  NZ chef Al MORE »


Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand
9 Dec 2020  

Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand

Summerfruit NZ says growers have received more job applications than usual for this time of year.


Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers
8 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers

The association has started the roll out of a series of online, digital and regionally focused advertisements.


Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO
8 Dec 2020  

Fairnham is Frucor Suntory’s new CCO

Drew Fairnham has worked in the F&B industry for a number of years.


New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment
3 Dec 2020  

New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment

Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.


Unilever NZ begins four-day work week trial
1 Dec 2020  

Unilever NZ begins four-day work week trial

The consumer goods giant has 81 New Zealand-based employees.


Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive
1 Dec 2020   /

Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive

Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.


Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”
30 Nov 2020   /

Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”

Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.


New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers
27 Nov 2020   /

New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers

Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.


Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association
27 Nov 2020  

Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association

She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.


Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas
25 Nov 2020  

Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas

In a blow to the horticulture sector, the PM says this year’s seasonal labour shortage will not be solved before Christmas.


Countdown call centre staff on strike
25 Nov 2020  

Countdown call centre staff on strike

They took action after a “disappointing” settlement offer during negotiations.


ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers
19 Nov 2020  

ACT slams Govt’s RSE response as Aus dangles cash for Kiwi workers

The Australian government says it will give Kiwi workers $2000 to take up a short-term contract there.


Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured
12 Nov 2020  

Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured

North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation following a 2019 incident which saw an employee’s hand crushed.


Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ
11 Nov 2020  

Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ

As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.


Kiwi students to fill summer fruit picking void
3 Nov 2020   /

Kiwi students to fill summer fruit picking void

Fruit growers are being connected to students across the country looking for summer fruit picking work.


Expo to showcase seasonal work opportunities
28 Oct 2020  

Expo to showcase seasonal work opportunities

A growers employment expo and information session is being held in Hawke’s Bay next month.


Kiwis picking own ‘answer’ to RSE shortage – berry farmer
23 Oct 2020  

Kiwis picking own ‘answer’ to RSE shortage – berry farmer

A Waikato berry farm believes the answer to seasonal worker shortages this year could be for Kiwis to pick their own fruit.


Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ
22 Oct 2020   /

Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ

Eighteen fishermen have been confirmed to have Covid-19 at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch


Research: Women under-represented in meat sector
15 Oct 2020  

Research: Women under-represented in meat sector

New research suggests women are under-represented in, and even prevented from, aspiring to higher levels of business in the industry.


Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage
14 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage

The party pledges support for the food sector including help to modernise the fishing industry.


Zespri realigns business, focuses on sustainability
2 Oct 2020  

Zespri realigns business, focuses on sustainability

Zespri says it is placing further focus on the “critical” role of innovation and realigning its business towards growth.