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Rural Contractors NZ is the voice for the $2.5b rural contracting industry accounting for 0.8% 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)

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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...

Timing now key after major lift in skilled machinery operators

Rural contractors are relieved at today’s announcement that 200 skilled machinery operators can enter the country – but say the timing is now critical. Andrew Olsen, Rural Contractors NZ CEO, says he will be working on this with officials over the next two weeks. “I...

Crisis emerging in rural contracting

The shortage of skilled agricultural machinery operators is reaching a crisis point say rural contractors, with many unable to meet farmer requirements and increasing fears for their health and safety. Andrew Olsen, CEO of Rural Contractors NZ says an urgent meeting...

MPI and rural contractors support Hanzon training initiative

The Rural Contractors NZ Board has agreed to help fund a HanzonJobs initiative alongside support of $140,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to train and mentor young people working with contractors around the country. It is being launched today....

Rural contractors take Hanzon approach to training  

Rural contractors facing desperate shortages of skilled staff can now tap into the training of 200 new industry trainees who will use an app to record and document their work. The Rural Contractors NZ Board last week agreed to help fund the HanzonJobs programme which...

Spray contractors do their best but costs are rising

Rural spraying contractors are doing all they can to insulate farmers from emerging price increases for chemicals but warn of emerging cost rises. Rural Contractors NZ vice-President Clinton Carroll, who runs a Wairarapa spraying business, says contractors are facing...

Wet spring compounding feed shortages, says rural contractors

Some rural contractors in Southland are saying this is the wettest spring in 30 years, says Rural Contractors NZ board member Daryl Thompson, impacting on already short supplies of feed. In Zone reports to last week’s Board meeting, he said the constant rain in the...

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 &...