New Zealand Welcomes Foreign Migrate Workers – Orchard Vacancies [2024]

Orchard Manager 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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About us 

For over 125 years, T&G Fresh has nourished generations of Kiwis with fresh fruit and vegetables. We grow, pack, market, sell, distribute, import and export fresh produce from our own orchards and farms, as well as from over 700 Kiwi growers.

We are delighted to share that T&G is set to acquire Hinton’s Orchard summerfruit business in time for the 2024/2025 season. As a fifth generation family-run business based in Alexandra, Hinton’s is a 159ha orchard famous for growing cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, and peacharines for consumers in New Zealand and Asia. The Hinton family have a wonderful history with T&G and this acquisition supports our strategy of building our supply in key categories.

About the opportunity  

We’re seeking an Orchard Manager for Hinton’s Orchard, a fantastic opportunity for an experienced grower to make their mark.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Central Otago growing team across multiple blocks to maximise fruit quantity and quality supplied to T&G Fresh.
  • Lead best-practice orchard management across pruning, spraying, irrigation, frost fighting and harvest.
  • Drive high performance and develop a continuous improvement mindset across the growing team
  • Orchard block development and innovation
  • Develop annual crop forecasts and orchard budgets
  • Partner with the People & Culture team to plan for seasonal labour including our RSE programme
  • Ensure  the orchard environment and equipment is maintained to a high standard

This role is based in Alexandra, Central Otago. The competitive salary package includes a company vehicle, accommodation, and visa / relocation support, if required.

About you 

  • Strong orchard management experience
  • Technical knowledge of best-practice stonefruit or pipfruit growing 
  • Exceptional people leader with a proven track record in driving high performance
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Collaborates effectively with internal teams and external customers and suppliers

Apply now 

If you’re looking for a career-defining role, this is one where you can truly make an impact at an exciting time of growth for T&G. Apply today!

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory drug test, driver licence check, and security check. Proof of eligibility to work in NZ is required, however we are open to discussing visa sponsorship for qualified international candidates.

We want T&G to be a place where everyone is accepted, respected and celebrated for who they are – regardless of our similarities or differences. It’s essential that everyone can be themselves and thrive, and that together we create a diverse and vibrant workplace.

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