Agstaff April Update: WWOOFing, Ardern to “take on” farming, Shearathon for suicide prevention, Jobseeker services


We hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend. We’ve certainly been having a busy time here with organising staff before my wife gives birth on April 20th. Agstaff have plenty of work on, and have been recruiting lots of staff for our client down south as well as new clients knocking on the door – it’s been a very busy few weeks.

Our clients are all wanting staff while the potatoes are going strong. Dozens of people are making the most of getting the hours in before the weather starts to get wetter again.

Speaking of which, our weather is still failing to cool in alignment with what is expected in March/April, with the temperatures still hitting the mid 20s. We hope this weather holds out a bit longer to keep the May potatoes going.

If you are looking for work or workers, please give us a call. We can help you, whether it’s for three hours or three months, just give us a call.

Blair O’Donnell

WWOOFing and volunteering in NZ: What you need to know

For decades, New Zealand has welcomed backpackers who wish to exchange hard graft for accommodation and a decent meal twice a day. Due to a new ERA ruling which states that WWOOFing and volunteering, is in fact illegal, the board-for-wages era has come to an end.

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Government to “take on” farming

With climate change at the forefront of the news recently, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has rattled farmers with her comment that “the most difficult thing for us to do is to mitigate and offset our agricultural emissions.”

Farming, forestry and agriculture are New Zealand’s biggest industries and also the highest producers of carbon. Last week saw 120 scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meet in Christchurch to discuss the future of farming in New Zealand. Hopefully someone in the room was advocating for farmers and the values this country was built on.

We are all for positive changes but farmers are struggling as it is, without having to deal with time-wasting bureaucracy, meaningless protocols, inspectors and more paper-work to satisfy the suits that run the country. What happens next remains to be seen, we will keep you updated.

Shearathon raises money for suicide help groups

The success of a 24-hour shearathon raising awareness of suicide prevention has virtually blown its organisers off the board.

Hosted at White Rock in North Canterbury, the shearathon pulled in more than $45,000 including close to $18,000 raised in a charity auction after the shearing.

Spokesman Mark Herlihy said the event exceeded any expectation. “We chose to embrace the word prevention as we want to help people before they lose any sense of hope for their future.”

The main objective was to let people know it was okay, no matter what their circumstance, to reach out for help.

More information can be found on the 24-hour-shearathon facebook page.

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