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 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.