Grow­ers fea­ture in best em­ployer awards

Hor­ti­cul­ture em­ploy­ers have been highly com­mended in the first com­pe­ti­tion to find the best in the pri­mary sec­tor.

The Orchardist - - Awards' -

The first ever MPI AGMARDT Pri­mary In­dus­tries Good Em­ployer Awards recog­nised ex­cep­tional em­ploy­ers across the dairy, seafood, forestry and hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors. Though the top hon­ours were dom­i­nated by dairy and forestry, grow­ers T&G Global and Onyx Cap­i­tal Ltd each took away highly com­mended awards pre­sented at Par­lia­ment re­cently.

Bruce Beaton, Kris­ten Nash and Mau­rice Win­dle of T&G Global, Pipfruit, were highly com­mended in the Minister’s Award cat­e­gory and Pa­trick Mal­ley, Onyx Cap­i­tal Ltd, was highly com­mended in the Em­ployee De­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory.

Minister of Agri­cul­ture, Damien O’Con­nor, said the pri­mary in­dus­tries em­ploy about 350,000 peo­ple – one in seven work­ing New Zealan­ders and as many as one in three in some re­gions.

“At­tract­ing and keep­ing this hard-work­ing tal­ent is a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge and we recog­nise those ex­cep­tional em­ploy­ers who are com­mit­ting to good em­ploy­ment prac­tices such as train­ing, pay­ing and treat­ing staff well.”

Pa­trick Mal­ley is a North­land ki­wifruit and berryfruit grower and a for­mer win­ner of the Young Grower and Young Hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist of the Year com­pe­ti­tions. Photo: Ivor Earp-Jones.

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