Types of Work
From December to Febuary
Vine training and
bud thinning on the young vines as well as shoot thinning on the new grafts. This work is vital to ensure an abundant harvest in the future.
From the end of March to June.
It's time to pick the kiwis! We need 80 to 90 people during this period. Gold and Green varieties will be needed to fill grocery shelves around the world.
From July to October.
From putting up shelter, pruning for a new graft, to Vine training the new graft. We make sure that our crops have a good start and produce plenty of flower
Its time to pick the flower!
We need 40 to 50 people. Short but intense the pollen season is needed to make sure that our crops are pollinated correctly to have beautiful fruit to sell at harvest time
Pieters Horticulture is a tight-knit, family-owned and operated business. We focus on the growth and production of our own orchards, as well as providing a quality service to our Kiwifruit growing peers. This mantra is underpinned by an unwavering commitment to integrity when dealing with customers, employees and suppliers.
Pieters Horticulture is the result of founders, Hendrik and Beverley Pieters, long association with the New Zealand Kiwifruit industry. Based in Te Puke, the self-proclaimed capital of New Zealand’s Kiwifruit industry, Hendrik has been growing Kiwifruit and developing his own orchards since 1978. Since then, he, and later wife Beverley, have focused on sustainably growing their business into what it is today.
In 2015, Hendrik and Beverley’s son Simon moved back to Te Puke to get involved in the business having completed training as an electrician and then completing a Bachelor of Management Studies at Waikato University.
Currently, Pieters Horticulture focuses on two broad activities, Kiwifruit picking in the autumn, and male Kiwifruit flower picking and pollen extraction in the spring. Both activities are labour intensive requiring greater levels of staff throughout these periods.
Backpackers hired per Year
Main kiwi types
Red, Gold, Green
Tonnes of Flower picked Per year
WHY CHOOSE US
Here at Pieters Horticulture, we do things differently. We care about those who work for us and want you to enjoy the time you spend involved in one of New Zealand’s very special industries.
So what makes us different?
We ensure you have an employment agreement so you clearly understand what is required of you and what you will be paid before you begin work.
You will work directly for us. We do not subcontract any of our staff to other harvest contractors. So if you have any issues, questions or concerns we are right there to help.
No middlemen – so you won’t need to worry about someone pocketing some of your wages for simply finding you a job.
We provide everyone with full training on their first day so you know what is required to do a good job and keep yourself safe.
We place a huge amount of importance on communication. We understand that there is nothing worse than not knowing what is happening, so we pass on as much information as possible, whenever it is available.
We employ all our picking staff on a casual basis due to the seasonal nature of the work. This is perfect for those of you who are backpacking through New Zealand and only want a few weeks. You can, of course, stay the whole season!
Sounding good to you?… We thought so!
Tractor driver during harvest
Gold Kiwi Fruit
Picker during Harvest
Growing Kiwi Fruit
Picking gold kiwi
One of our Team
Ewa - Polish - season 2020 - Milling flower
"Very warm reception, professional handling of staff, very good wages, openness to learning , family atmosphere, trust, treating the employees in a serious, fair way, <3 I hope to work with you again one time"
Thomas - French- season 2020 - Flower picker
"Good communication and they were making the most of the good weather to let us work as much as we could"
Jan - Czech- season 2020 - Flower picker
"Good working conditions and amazing vibe, would recommend"
Filipe - German- season 2020 - Kiwi picker and Flower picker
"Best employer I've ever had in my life! Highly recommend you to work for the Pieters. Super lovely and honest people"
Sona - Slovakia- season 2020 - Flower picker
"Family, fair and friendly atmosphere.It was very good place to work. There were good vibes and they let us to work as much as we wanted. Nice, friendly people and work. Definitely, I would recommend and work again there."