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Jobs for Kiwis

21st October 2016

A recent report from the Salvation Army, asserting that there are 75,000 young Kiwis displaced by immigrants and educational inequality, has attracted a fair amount of criticism, including a challenge from Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce.

Getting Kiwis into work

1st March 2017

Horticulture is working hard to get New Zealanders who have not been in work for some time, or who have just left school, into permanent work. There are many opportunities in horticulture and, with the industry growing as fast as it is, there are great careers on offer. One of the best...

Robots are horticulture's future

19th June 2017

Robots are making a difference in fruit and vegetable pack houses already, as seen in the above picture. This trend will continue.

Tairāwhiti labour force funding good news for horticulture

1st March 2017

Funding of $1.8 million, announced yesterday by the Government to grow the skills and capability of Tairāwhiti’s regional labour force, is good news for horticulture, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Immigration for sustainable growth if no Kiwis available

28th July 2017

There is a straightforward formula for growing premium fruit and vegetables: suitable land + adequate water + skilled and reliable labour + the right cultivars = top-notch produce. There are more, but if one of those key ingredients is missing then growing food that attracts a premium is difficult.

Access to labour critical to horticulture’s growth

16th March 2018

Horticulture is growing rapidly and demand for workers is higher than the number of people available, says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand.

Where are the workers?

16th March 2018

A question many industries in New Zealand are asking is “where are the workers?” While robotics and artificial intelligence are being touted to replace workers in many industries, this isn’t going to happen en masse anytime soon.

Partnership key to address labour shortages

13th April 2018

All New Zealand industries are currently experiencing a shortage of workers. In some areas, particularly in the South Island, there are very few unemployed, and in some cases less than 50 for a whole regional district. The declaration of labour shortages in Central Otago earlier this year, and now in Hawke's Bay...

Technology is not a magic bullet

27th April 2018

New Zealand unemployment is currently at its lowest level since 2008. In some areas of the country there are very few people available for work, down to double digits, and this looks like it will continue for some time.

Horticulture submission not nonsense

24th October 2018

"I thank National MP Nikki Kaye for calling out the comments about our submission from Labour MP Kieran McAnulty. We appeared in good faith to speak to our submission and were speechless when we were told we did not understand what the Bill proposes and then had to watch the...

Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture

6th November 2018

Horticulture New Zealand is pleased Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway have increased the amount of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who will be available for the upcoming busy fruit harvest season.

No workers, no fruit and veges

9th November 2018

There have been three recent announcements of interest to horticulture:

Engaging the unemployed

15th November 2018

The economists call it ‘maximum sustainable employment’; that is apparently what we have reached in New Zealand, with a remarkably low 3.9% unemployment. This is below the Government’s 4% target, and the lowest New Zealand has seen in 10 years.