Central Otago’s horticulture and viticulture sector acknowledges it underestimated interest from Kiwis in seasonal work and is struggling to deal with "skyrocketing" applications, an industry leader says.
Central Otago fruit growers are not only failing to respond to Kiwis applying for work but also doing a poor job of advertising for staff, a union representative says.
A Southland blueberry orchard manager hopes to buck the trend and get Kiwis on board to pick this season’s harvest.
The Auckland woman believed to have been murdered on Saturday, Elizabeth (Ying) Zhong, was the owner of the Carrick vineyard and winery at Bannockburn, in Central Otago.
Central Otago’s horticulture and viticulture sectors say there is room for improvement when it comes to recruitment — and it is due to juggling work demands with recruitment.
An organisation supporting workers from the Pacific Islands wants employers to ensure staff are well looked after as the seasonal worker scheme starts up again.
Locals say they are having applications for fruit picking jobs ignored or rejected, despite moves to allow more immigrant workers into the country.
The Government has announced 2000 workers from the Pacific will be allowed into New Zealand to fill shortages in the horticulture and wine-growing sectors.
New Zealand needs a plan to help migrant workers pick fruit and vegetables, or prices will soar and farms could go bust, writes Swati Nagar.
With the border remaining closed to seasonal workers, cherry growers fear huge losses during January's peak harvest time.
Labour shortages are not going to dampen Martin Milne’s enthusiasm for cherry season as the harvest begins.
Roxburgh's Cherry Chaos has been cancelled this summer as the event becomes an indirect casualty of Covid-19.
An influx of European potato fries into New Zealand has already impacted on domestic growers, with less product planned for growing and staff job losses.
Sarah Mosley’s earliest memories of growing up in South Otago are being out in the potato paddocks with her dad.
Anna Mackay, of Spotts Creek Station in the Cardrona Valley, has diversified into cut flowers. She described to Mark Price her experiences so far.
Allegations it is not acting fast enough to address labour shortages in Central Otago’s viticulture and horticulture sectors have been rebuffed by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
Despite lobbying the Government for more action in recruiting workers to the horticulture and viticulture sectors, there is little movement on Central Otago’s orchards and vineyards.