The NZ Kiwifruit Industry needs seasonal workers from March through June at orchards and packhouses in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, the Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, Hawke's Bay, the lower North Island, and the Tasman area.
There is also a guide specifically for mature aged workers here
- Packhouse roles are available to suit all ages, including sorting / grading, packing, packhouse supervision and management, and logistical support (e.g. forklift operation).
- Orchard work is available, which is quite physically demanding.
- Kiwifruit work isn't just limited to harvest and post-harvest picking and processing, however; growing kiwifruit is nearly a year-round operation and long-term and permanent roles are also available.
- A number of kiwifruit employers have made provisions for seniors wishing to take up seasonal roles such as shorter shifts and job-sharing arrangements.