FAQs - seasonal work

Southern Cross Horticulture


1. Will training be provided?

Yes, all training will be provided by our supervisors.

2. Do you provide accommodation?

Yes, we have just completed our new built accommodation on our orchard on Hydro Road, Edgecumbe. For any enquiries or bookings please chat to our People and Culture team.

3. Do you provide transport?

Unfortunately, you need to have your own transport to be able to travel to work.

4. Which location will I be working at, how far do I have to travel and do I get any contribution to my fuel costs?

Our sites are spread from Te Puna all the way to Edgecumbe. We are also developing orchards in Auckland region. You might be required to work on different sites while being with us as the work availability on each site changes.

Example: There might be work available in Pukehina for 2 weeks but then we will ask you to travel to Edgecumbe for another 2 weeks. All our sites are within an hour drive from Tauranga.

We consider 45 mins as a reasonable time to travel to / from work. If your travel time exceeds 45 mins we will pay you for that difference.

Example: If you drive from Tauranga to Edgecumbe (1 hour) you get 30 mins paid for the day (15 mins each way) at your pay rate.

Our locations in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland regions:

5. What does the normal working week look like and is the work weather-dependent?

In the horticulture industry, we work Monday – Sunday as most of the tasks are weather dependent. However, if the weather is fine Monday – Friday, we prefer if the team have a break over the weekend. Weekends are usually used to replace rainy days over the week.

6. How much will I be paid?

Depending on the task there are 3 different methods of payment:

  1. Hourly rate – minimum of $23.65 + 8% holiday pay.
  2. Contract rate – some orchard tasks are done on a contract rate. Harvest is one of those tasks. Your pay will reflect the amount of bins you pick. The faster you pick the more money you make. This is a great way of earning a good money in a very short period of time.
  3. Hourly rate + bonus – some tasks are done on hourly rate with a bonus after the task completion providing the targets have been met. For example if you work on planting you might be working on hourly rate for 2months then receive a bonus at the end which is usually $1-3 extra for each hour worked on that task.

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