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Source: Ministry for Primary Industries


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Promoting the food and fibres sector as a great place to work is a priority for employers, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) deputy director-general Karen Adair said as she announced the finalists in the second primary industries Good Employer Awards.

She acknowledged the past 12 months had been tough on employers but said the finalists had shown passion, innovation and commitment to the food and fibres sector that deserved to be acknowledged.

“Our food and fibres sector plays a vital role in the recovery of our economy. Our people are our most important resource, and the finalists have all demonstrated that they’re putting their people first.”

“This is the second time we’ve run these awards, and I continue to be impressed at the calibre of the applicants.”

She said about 350,000 people were employed in the food and fibres sector, representing at least one in 7 working New Zealanders, and as many as one in 3 in some regions.

MPI’s Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential Roadmap sets goals of employing 10% more Kiwis from all walks of life in the food and fibres sector by 2030, and 10,000 more New Zealanders in the workforce over the next 4 years.

Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential Roadmap [PDF, 2.1 MB]

“Initiatives like our Opportunity Grows Here campaign shows there are no shortages of work in this important sector.”

Opportunity Grows Here

“Everyone who entered the Good Employer Awards have shown their commitment towards showing that the food and fibres sector is a great place to work. Having the right environment to nurture and develop workers is critical to the future of our food and fibres sector.”

The winners will be announced at Parliament in Wellington on 12 April, 2021.

The finalists in the 4 categories are

Māori Agribusiness

  • Shannon Te Huia – Puniu River Care – Te Awamutu (Forestry)
  • Hoana Rewi – Rewi Haulage Limited, East Coast Log Haulage Limited – Tikitiki East Coast (Forestry)

Employee Development

  • Brent and Rebecca Miller – MilkIQ Limited – Ashburton (Dairy)
  • Adam Hittmann – Vetora – Te Awamutu (Vet)
  • Heather Kean – T&G Global- Auckland (Horticulture)

Safe & Healthy Work Environment

  • Phil Taylor – Port Blakely – Christchurch (Forestry)
  • Liam O’Sullivan – Landcos Ventures Limited – New Plymouth (Dairy)
  • Tess Keenan – Constellation Brands NZ – Auckland (Wine)


  • Rhys and Kiri Roberts – Align Clareview – Ashburton (Dairy)
  • Sarah Lei – Trevelyan’s – Tauranga (Horticulture)
  • Anna Pule – Rayonier Matariki Forests – Auckland (Forestry)
  • Jenny Buckley and Dave van den Beuken – Jaydee Partnership – Hamilton (Dairy)
  • Heather Kean – T&G Global – Auckland (Horticulture)