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Rural Contractors News

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

Insurance offer getting pick-up

Some free insurance given to all RCNZ members by American Income Life (AIL)  has now had around 75 responses from members who've chosen to add further to the free offer. All members of Rural Contractors NZ are now covered by a $1,500 Accidental Death &...

CEO’s message to RCNZ members re Essential Work – August 19

Hi everyone. MPI held a meeting today with primary industry leadership and a couple of things from that to share with you. They are aware that if nothing changes in the next days, Auckland and Coromandel will be at different alert levels to the rest of country....

Biosecurity workshop on offer

Rural contactors around most of the country are being offered a free visit and workshop to alert them to biosecurity risks. A key focus is on velvetleaf, an invasive weed with incursions in nearly every region of New Zealand. A member of the mallow family, velvetleaf...

Govt signals welcome but skilled labour urgently needs MIQ space

Rural contractors say while they welcome signals the Government is recognising labour pressures in the farming sector, another challenge looms in their efforts to recruit enough skilled staff to keep New Zealand farms in production. Andrew Olsen, CEO Rural Contractors...

Rural contractors change guard as challenges mount

A new President, vice-President and CEO have taken the helm at Rural Contractors NZ after an annual conference concluding last night which highlighted compounding challenges in meeting capacity constraints which are likely to impact on some farmers and crop...

Tax Remuera Rovers, not rural contractor utes

The Government is being urged to introduce a variable regime on higher emitting vehicles so rural contractors - who have no current choice but to run them - are not penalised. Rural Contractors NZ Chief Executive Andrew Olsen says the fact his members now face $3000...

RCNZ membership brings death cover benefits

All members of Rural Contractors NZ are now covered by a $1,500 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit provided through American Income Life Insurance Company. This is an automatic membership benefit of belonging to Rural Contractors NZ. Members also have the...

Andrew Olsen, new CEO Rural Contractors NZ

Andrew Olsen has been appointed as the new CEO of Rural Contractors NZ which represents 600 contractors in the $1.5b industry. RCNZ vice president Helen Slattery says the former Chief Executive of the Travel Agents Association NZ stood out to the selection panel in a...

Government move stops way short of what’s needed

  Rural contractors say allowing in 125 skilled agricultural machinery operators next season falls way short of what’s needed to prevent dangerous work pressures causing severe stress and fatigue and impacts on agricultural production. Monday’s Government...

Twice as many skilled imports required – rural contractors

Rural contractors say they will continue to train and recruit more Kiwis but to meet farming requirements next season they need to bring in double the number of skilled machinery operators seen here in 2020/21. A survey of Rural Contractor NZ members has shown while...