Wakatū and its associated businesses, including Kono and AuOra, have several job opportunities available across a range of industries.

Te Taumata encourages anyone interested in the following opportunities to get in touch with Wakatū directly, at jobs@wakatu.org or jobs@kono.co.nz.

This pānui covers vacancies for the following positions:

  • Kaiwhakahaere Huarākau | Pipfruit and Kiwifruit Manager
  • Kaitohutohu Pūmanawa Tangata | HR Advisor
  • Kaiwhakawhanake Tangata | Learning & Development Coordinator
  • Shift Engineer | Kono
  • General Engineer Apprentice | Kono
  • Deckhand, Golden Bay | Kono
  • Relief Skipper, Havelock | Kono
  • Various roles | Kono Seafood

If you would like to receive Whai Mahi – Wakatū’s careers pānui – you can sign up here.


Kaiwhakahaere Huarākau | Kono Horticulture

Kono Horticulture’s orchards are located on land that holds immense significance to Wakatū whānau. With views of cherished maunga, awa and marae, these lands serve as a reminder to place, people and events. 

With 224ha of planted land, Kono Horticulture grows apples, kiwifruit, pears and hops.

They are looking for an experienced Kaiwhakahaere Huarākau (Pipfruit and Kiwifruit Manager) to lead the orchard team, based in Motueka.

As Kaiwhakahaere Huarākau, you will manage day-to-day orchard operation. This leadership role is responsible for: 

  • Effectively planning, leading, developing and managing the operational team and resources 
  • Leading the quality and compliance functions 
  • Optimising production and ensuring industry best practice is maintained
  • Developing and growing existing industry relationships 

Kono Horticulture is looking for someone who can lead, grow and develop a diverse team and can deliver results. The team of permanent, RSE whānau and seasonal kaimahi are central to the business so their wellbeing, health, safety and development is of paramount importance.

If you are a people leader with at least five years’ horticulture management experience and are looking for the next step in your career, get in touch!

Applications close on Sunday, 22 May, 2022.


Kaitohutohu Pūmanawa Tangata | HR Advisor

Reporting to the Pou Tangata (Human Resources Manager) based in Nelson, you will work in an HR hub in Blenheim with an HR Generalist and a Talent Acquisition Support team member and in a supportive environment which has established systems and structure in place.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an HR Advisor with a couple of years’ experience who is keen for the next step in their career. 

Your mahi will include providing high-quality advice in the areas of recruitment, remuneration, performance development and management, training and development, employment relations and industrial relations.

You’ll also have the opportunity to influence, advise and partner with leaders in a range of complex organisational and employee relation issues.

If you would like to know more or are interested in applying, please contact Emily Bissett on 027 2285 999 or emily@intepeople.co.nz.


Kaiwhakawhanake Tangata | Learning & Development Co-ordinator

 (0.5 fixed term)

Wakatū Incorporation is a Māori-family owned organisation with approximately 4000 shareholders who descend from the traditional Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay regions.

A business of land and sea, Wakatū has four parts: Manaaki, people and culture; Whenua, land and water space; Kono, an award-winning food and drinks producer and exporter, and AuOra a consumer-focused, health-solutions business.

Wakatū is looking for an outgoing and enthusiastic, values-led Learning & Development Co-ordinator to join its dedicated team based in Nelson. 

About the role

Reporting to the Pou Tāngata (Human Resources Manager), the Learning & Development Co-ordinator is a key member of the People & Culture roopū, working closely with other team members and specialists to provide support across the L&D function and enhance learning and development systems and outcomes across the group.

Key responsibilities:

  • The successful design and delivery of appropriate modules for regular Pounamu Leadership training sessions including:
    o    creating lesson plans for all sessions
    o    effectively coordinating the delivery of the programme
  • Supporting the design and delivery of fit-for-purpose online learning content using our learning management system
  • Providing effective co-ordination support for Wakatū group wānanga, ensuring wānanga learning content is relevant and targeted for the audience 

Applications close on Sunday 15 May 2022.


Shift Engineer | Kono

Reporting directly to the Plant Maintenance Manager, you will get involved in all the day-to-day projects in the food processing factories, including repair and preventative maintenance, ensuring timely repairs to plant and equipment during production to keep downtime to a minimum.

The primary/key responsibilities of this role are:

  • Implementing best practice to produce high-quality products at the lowest cost, exceeding standards for environmental control
  • Troubleshooting manufacturing processes and determining root cause failures
  • Continuous improvement of process and performance, including planning, execution and problem-solving.

Applications close Friday, 20 May, 2022.


General Engineer Apprentice | Kono

In this role you will be employed by Apprentice Training New Zealand (ATNZ)  but get your work experience at Kono sites such as the Kono Seafood factory in Blenheim, as well as Annies snacks factory, Grovetown.

With ATNZ you get your qualification for FREE and they pay you to do it!

  • Fully funded apprenticeship
  • Ongoing support and guidance
  • Safety gear provided
  • Learn on the job

ATNZ is the largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices in Aotearoa. They are currently looking for a mechanically-minded individual to start their career, based in Blenheim.

Training as a General Engineer will give you a broad variety of skills and knowledge. General engineers learn about fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, and fabrication.

Do you fit the profile?

  • Do you want to earn while you learn?
  • Are you committed to three to four years of study?
  • Have you completed a pre-trade course or have relevant experience?
  • Do you have NCEA Level 2 in Maths and English?
  • Do you have a restricted or full driver licence?

If you’re a keen, hands-on learner looking for an entry-level career opportunity, then click on APPLY NOW to start your application.


Deckhands and Relief Skipper | Kono

Kono is looking for Deckhands to join its Golden Bay-based team, and a Relief Skipper to join its team in Havelock.

These are onboard vessel roles. Kono crews work year-round, averaging three nights a week on the vessel. You’ll be reporting directly to the Skipper and will be involved in tasks such as spat catching, re-seeding and harvesting mussels.

You’ll carry out all duties in line with health and safety standards and regulations to promote a safe work environment. 

If you are experienced in the aquaculture industry or are interested in a career change, Kono would love to hear from you.

This is a challenging role and will require someone with a good level of fitness who can hit the ground running.

In return, Kono offers:

  • Annual health checks
  • Opportunity for advancement for the right person- Skipper’s ticket!
  • Staff sales
  • Long service leave
  • EAP services
  • An awesome team!

If you have a great attitude, a passion for being on the water and are always on the go then apply now!

Applications close on Monday 13 June 2022.


Various roles| Kono Seafood

Kono Seafood farms, harvests and processes mussels, using stringent safety and sustainability standards, to share with the world. They are looking for a number of exceptional people to join the team.

Currently, there are several roles available across both the day and afternoon shift.

Position hours vary between 5am to 3.30pm on the dayshift and 2pm to 1.30am on the nightshift.

To be successful in these roles, you will

  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Have an awesome attitude
  • Take health and safety seriously
  • Be a motivated team player
  • Be able to work on your feet.

Most of these positions do not require experience, all training will be provided.


Current listings with Tainui Group Holdings and their partners – Waikato

Kia tupu, kia hua, kia puuawai – to grow, prosper and sustain for this generation and the next.

Tainui Group Holdings take a long-term disciplined approach to creating tribal wealth through diversification and working with business partners. 

We are always on the lookout for talented, passionate, forward-thinking people to join the team. We are also proud to provide job opportunities through our business partners.


Te Taumata is pleased to see so many job opportunities available within our own Māori businesses and organisations.

With such varied roles available in multiple rohe, please consider sharing this with whānau and friends who may also be interested.