He hopes to pay half of Gisborne’s farm worker $ 27 an hour

Tim Egan is a fruit grower in Gisborne.  He adopted a method of retaining and training workers in better pastoral care.


Tim Egan is a fruit grower in Gisborne. He adopted a method of retaining and training workers in better pastoral care.

Gisborne gardener Tim Egan says accepting pastoral care and giving permanent roles has made a big difference in making his workforce happy.

In the future, he hopes to be able to pay half the team’s average salary, or $ 27 an hour. They are now paid more than $ 22.10 a month.

In the past, the orchards were not safe or very productive, and many did not come easily.

But after Egad read online comments on fruit workers’ perceptions of working conditions, things changed.

I remember reading the comments and they were like, ‘I worked hard all day, I broke down for a small salary,’ or ‘I applied for a job and they didn’t come back to me.’

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“There are professional mourners, but this was hundreds of people. I thought we should raise our game as an industry.

As a result, he began working hard to improve the welfare of the pastoralists.

A.D. In 2016, the gardening sector in Gisborough is expanding and requires more reliable manpower. The Ministry of Social Development has allocated some funds to the sector on how to improve the situation and plan to attract more workers.

After talking to both sides, Egan found that when farmers found the locals unreliable, workers found it difficult to find work for a few weeks and could make it worse if they did not work with MSD. Absolutely not.


In another difficult year, technology is helping gardeners to bear fruit from trees.

That changed the approach to employment. Due to the current state of affairs in the garden, he had previously sought out a few permanent workers and kept the rest as ordinary workers.

Egan plans to reverse that and now employ a maximum of 11 people a year.

“It solves a big part of the problem. Because when we get to our election season, we don’t need much and we have a good culture where we can bring in other people. ”

It also produces apples, avocado, kiwi fruit, wine and citrus. This diversity has helped. He also worked with other farmers to provide workers when needed.

Good labor was short, so hiring workers was key, says Egan.

Hearing from the gardeners made Jesborne producer Tim Egan reflect.  (File).

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Hearing from the gardeners made Jesborne producer Tim Egan reflect. (File).

He said he was now working to pay half the workers’ average salary, which was about $ 27 an hour.

“How can we allow that to happen? We are trying to make ourselves more productive. We also want their employees to be happy so they don’t make mistakes and we train them to be valuable. ”

He said that the workers now had good work ethic and were very proud of their work.

During the harvest, the business needed a total of 10 to 15 workers, and it was a large, informal network that could be accessed because of the local staff.

”We ask who you know about and it works wonders. He is a relative or a returnee. ”

He said pastoralist care also took care of people and took into account their individual needs.

At Monday morning’s meetings, everyone had a chance to comment, and food was loaded. If workers were doing things in their personal lives, that would be fine. That could include more flexible hours for a single mother, or Egan said if someone moves flat and has cash flow problems.

The business may still lose workers and Egan has invested in selecting platforms to improve productivity and make the business more physically demanding.

He said he did not employ migrant workers from the Pacific Islands, but said the sector was growing rapidly and that the issue should be discussed in the future, but that his policy was to hire locals first.

We are truly fortunate to have such a good workforce.

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