New Zealand Agricultural Jobs Available for Foreign Nationals (2024)

Potato Harvesters Required

New Zealand has had a long history of immigration from Britain, with the migrant inflow being especially important in the second half of the 19th century. War and economic depression disrupted immigration at various times in the first half of the 20th century, but there was another surge of British immigration to New Zealand in the decades after the Second World War.

Between 1947 and 1975, a total of 77,000 women, children and men arrived from Great Britain under the assisted immigration scheme. Smaller numbers came from the Netherlands and some other European countries. Non-British immigrants in particular introduced new customs, foods, ideas and practices, and together with later arrivals helped shape modern New Zealand society.

New Zealand was first inhabited by the people of Ngāpuhi (tribe of the Far North), the first explorer to reach New Zealand was the intrepid ancestor, Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. 

The first European to sight New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. He was on an expedition to discover a great Southern continent ‘Great South Land’ that was believed to be rich in minerals. In 1642, while searching for this continent, Tasman sighted a ‘large high-lying land’ off the West Coast of the South Island.

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Agstaff – Good Buggers You Can Trust

Agstaff has over 20 years working with New Zealand agriculture companies, Agstaff understands the lie of the land. Agstaff has been working with clients across agri-business from large international companies to small locally owned family businesses. Throughout the seasons we place candidates in farming and agriculture roles for new season preparation and harvest time.

Agstaff pair’s the highest quality candidates with our clients in various primary industries both on the land and in office-based management roles.

About the Role

You’ll work on an arable farm a short drive out of Rakaia that primarily produces seed crops, including potatoes. Our client’s farm, equipment, and yards are exceptionally well-maintained, clean and tidy. Their staff are a down-to-earth, friendly, and hard-working bunch that are proud to work with one of Canterbury’s top producers. 

No experience is necessary! Full training on harvesting, sorting and gradingpotatoes is provided. This role is perfect for backpackers, those on school/uni breaks, or someone wanting to get entry-level experience on a crop farm.

While there is no accommodation provided on-site, there are great campgrounds and other accommodation options nearby in Rakaia or Ashburton.

  • Monday – Friday, day shifts
  • No weekend work
  • 4-month role, March – June

About You

You have a can-do attitude, are a reliable worker, and know how to tidy up after yourself. Having an eye for detail and a willingness to learn is also important. Any experience with harvesting or grading crops is beneficial but not necessary as all training is provided.

Working Holiday Visa holders who can commit to the entire four-month period from early March to Late June, as well as couples, are welcome to apply as multiple jobs are available. 

  • Available to work March – June
  • Reliable transport is essential as no accommodation is provided
  • Fit able to work on your feet for long periods of time

What’s On Offer

  • WHV holders considered if available to work from March to June
  • Opportunity for a couple as other farm work is available
  • Earn $23.50 per hour
  • 8% holiday pay accrued on top of hourly wage
  • Work with a fun, friendly, and diverse team

How to Apply

If you’re interested in this role and have the experience required, please submit your CV/resume and contactable work references. 

Please note: only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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