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Thursday 17 June 2021

Employment

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.