Kiwifruit to boost jobs in the Bay by 14,329 by 2030
In a country which is already struggling to find seasonal workers, the take-off of kiwifruit is set to raise the demand for workers even higher over the next 13 years. Earlier this year, The Ministry of Social Development declared an official seasonal worker shortage in Hawke’s Bay to assist orchards to cope with the demand for seasonal staff - allowing anyone on a holiday visa to convert this into a temporary work visa for the region. This was too little, too late, for the orchards, who suffered a deficit of approx 400 workers in their apple and pear orchards this year. Hopefully, this will not be the same scenario for the kiwifruit growers in Tauranga in future years.