People

Goal: Be an industry of choice for workers

New Zealand’s wine industry makes a significant contribution to the economy both financially ($1.83 billion) and in terms of employment. The success of the industry depends strongly on the commitment and passion of the employees behind it, through each step of the growing, production and sales and distribution chain.  

To become an industry of choice for workers NZ Wine will support the industry to:

  • Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Ensure all employment practices in the industry are fair and legal
  • Invest in labour attraction and retention
  • Invest in industry leadership, skills development and mentoring programmes
  • Maximise workplace health and safety

80% of respondents say they plan to stay in the industry ‘for the foreseeable future'

NZ Winegrowers 'Our People' Survey 2019
Workers between the vines at Misty Cove.
Misty Cove Wines

What we’re doing:

The success of New Zealand’s wine industry depends strongly on the commitment and passion of the employees behind it. Industry employers are in turn responsible for ensuring that their businesses have a positive impact on employees and their local communities: financially, socially and ecologically.

To guarantee that this commitment is upheld, all New Zealand companies must comply with a robust legal framework, which covers employment relations, labour management, health and safety.

Beyond these legal requirements, wine businesses are encouraged to expand their support by educating employees to think and behave more sustainably, to help reduce wastage and costs and increase efficiency and good environmental outcomes.

Many employers encourage team members to devise and develop new sustainability initiatives.

It’s increasingly common to see vineyards and wineries working with neighbours, local government and community groups on collaborative sustainable activities, and engaging staff in these efforts.

Sustainability in action

See what our grape growers and wineries are doing below to reach our goal

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