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Wednesday 27 October 2021

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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.