Marlborough has built an enviable reputation for compliance and we all need to maintain those high standards. Whether you employ staff directly or use contractors it is important to ensure compliance with all labour laws.
The New Zealand Winegrowers COVID-19 web page will keep you up to date with practical tips and advice for vineyards and wineries on managing COVID-19.
The rules for different visa types are changing all the time so check the Immigration NZ COVID-19 landing page for the most up to date information
If you are employing people from overseas always check their eligibility. VisaView is an online tool provided by Immigration NZ for employers to check if a person is allowed to work in New Zealand.
There are a range of helpful resources to assist you with compliance. New Zealand Winegrowers produce the Working for You Guide and with WorkSafe have prepared a guidance document called Working Well: Health and safety in your vineyard and winery.
Whatever contractors you work with, it’s important to ask questions and the Know Your Labour Contractor and Checklist for Engaging Contractors is a quick reference guide on employment conversations with labour supply contractors.
Verified contractors have gone through an independent audit process.
You can search for Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) on the Immigration NZ website
NZ Master Contractors Inc (NZMCI) is another contractor verification process and you can search for NZMCI members on this website
Note: Wine Marlborough Ltd and Marlborough Wine Growers does not endorse any of the above contractors. We recommend you complete all due diligence prior to engaging any viticulture contractors or employers.
Stand down lists
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment publishes a list of companies or individuals who have been found in breach of employment obligations and may be subject to stand down periods affecting their ability to hire migrant workers.
New Zealand Winegrowers website has a list of vineyard labour contractors who have been found to be in breach of employment obligations in recent years.
Check these lists and ask around to make sure any contractor you are thinking of engaging will be good for your business.