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Labour / Winter Pruning: Free one-day taster course

Winter Pruning: Free one-day taster course

2021 Winter Pruning Taster Course dates (keep checking in – new dates and locations will be posted as they become available):

  • 12 July – Te Puke
  • 13 July – Tauranga
  • 19 July – Opotiki
  • 26 July – Te Puke
  • 27 July – Tauranga

Please register here.
Alternatively, contact Di Holloway (NZKGI Education Co-ordinator) at or phone 0800 232 505.

Following on from NZKGI’s successful winter pruning taster programmes in 2020, we are pleased to be able to offer the programme again in 2021. This NZKGI led, Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) funded initiative is designed to give NZ citizens and permanent residents a no-obligation opportunity to see if this crucial task in the kiwifruit calendar might be for them.

There will be winter pruning jobs available for trained, physically fit, work-ready people straight after the completion of harvest. Free one-day taster courses will begin at the end of May. For those interested in learning more there will be a five-day training course in June, with more dates to come. For people new to the industry this would be the next step to continuous work and potentially a year-round career in the industry.

There are about 10,000 hectares of kiwifruit orchards in the Bay of Plenty and winter pruning which runs from June to September requires more than 5000 workers.

NZKGI will provide each participant with details on employment openings and each graduate will be contacted to find out how many have gone on to employment. The initiative coincides with the government’s Fit for a Better World Action Plan with a major focus on employing 10,000 more Kiwis in the primary sector workforce over the next four years.

Potential applicants are warmly encouraged to join the one-day course and learn how they can become a part of the leading horticultural export industry growing a high-quality product in demand around the world.