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Rural Contractors NZ is the voice for the $1.5b rural contracting industry accounting for 0.6% of GDP and 0.9% of national employment. Source: Infometrics 2018 report available here 

RCNZ media releases and comments below – or contact our Communications advisor Brendon Burns (0274 305501)

Media Comments

Time to get your new bible

Wairarapa-based spraying contractor Clinton Carroll refers to the new agrichemical standard NZS 8409:2021 as the contractors’ bible – and he says it needs more disciples. Clinton is Rural Contractors NZ vice-president and represents the organisation on the New Zealand...

CEO Update May 27 – Trainee Contractor of the Year finalists

Dear members and industry colleagues. RCNZ is delighted to announce the 8 finalists for the RCNZ trainee contractor of the year award. These are the best of the best selected from over 100 HanzonJobs registered trainees and thoroughly deserve their place in the...

New programme recognises and rewards trainee rural contractors

Rural Contractors New Zealand is pleased to announce the launch of its new reward and recognition programme for trainee contractors, proudly sponsored by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The new programme recognises trainee contactors who excel in the...

Rural contractors recognise trainee contractors with new awards

Rural Contractors NZ has launched new awards which will recognise the next generation coming into the $2b industry. Andrew Olsen, RCNZ’s CEO says his Board has backed the initiative as a further way of cementing in the value that rural contractors place on training....

National Training Council for rural contracting hits ground running

The first meeting of the newly-formed National Training Council for rural contracting saw a welter of contributions on how to improve training in the industry. Rural Contractors NZ CEO Andrew Olsen, who initiated the meeting, says the Council got off to a flying...

Border entry about-face too late for rural contractors

Today’s announcements on MIQ border changes have been acknowledged by rural contractors but they say the mid-March start to self-isolation for much needed skilled machinery operators is too late for many contractors. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says step 2 of...

Stretched rural contractors taken past breaking point

Stressed rural contractors, told in mid-December they could bring in 200 more skilled machinery operators, have not yet seen a single arrival given any MIQ space. Rural Contractors NZ CEO Andrew Olsen says despite the best efforts of MPI staff to help find MIQ beds...

Border closure must not scupper rural contractors

Yesterday’s closure of the border must not be allowed to scupper last week’s Government announcement that 200 skilled machinery operators can come from overseas to the rescue of rural contractors and farmers. That’s the call today from Rural Contractors NZ CEO Andrew...