Primary Industries Good Employer Awards

Recognising and celebrating our exceptional primary industries employers. Finalists are announced.

 

The aims of the good employer awards

The good employer awards aim to:

  • highlight good employers and good employment practices across all primary industries
  • encourage employers in the primary industries to strive for good practice
  • change perceptions about employers in the primary industries.

There are 4 award categories: employee development, safe and healthy work environment, Māori agribusiness, and a supreme award presented by the Minister of Agriculture.

Read more about the award categories and entry criteria in our awards guidance document:

Primary Industries Good Employer Awards [PDF, 783 KB]

2021 awards

Finalists for each award category have been announced.

Award winners will be announced at the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards dinner, to be held in April 2021.

Employee Development Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work environment
  • have an effective employee development programme.

This is shown by employers:

  • providing a fair and unbiased recruitment process, and telling new employees about the organisation and the opportunities available to them
  • supporting employee development through training, coaching, and mentoring
  • providing equal opportunities for employees to move up and through the organisation in a positive way, and providing performance management practices that are transparent and fair
  • having a transparent remuneration system which is regularly reviewed, ensures equitable job opportunities and conditions, and recognises employee contributions
  • providing opportunities for staff to participate in organisational decisions.

2021 finalists:

  • Brent and Rebecca Miller, MilkIQ Limited
  • Adam Hittmann, Vetora Waikato
  • Gareth Edgecombe, T&G Global

Safe and Healthy Work Environment Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work environment
  • have an effective health and safety programme.

This is shown by employers:

  • supporting and encouraging employee participation in health and safety, and taking a proactive approach to employee health and wellbeing
  • providing a workplace where employees are safe from harassment and bullying
  • empowering employees by respecting what makes them different
  • providing a workplace where employees can balance work with the rest of their lives.

2021 finalists:

  • Zac Robinson and Barry Wells , Port Blakely
  • Liam O'Sullivan, Landcos Ventures Limited
  • Constellation Brands NZ

Māori Agribusiness Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide good employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work environment
  • have in place an effective programme in employee development or health and safety
  • identify as a Māori agribusiness
  • provide pathways for Māori employees to advance in the organisation
  • can incorporate tikanga Māori to increase individual, community, hapu, and iwi outcomes.

2021 finalists:

  • Shannon Te Huia, Puniu River Care
  • Chubby Rewi, Rewi Haulage Limited, East Coast Log Haulage Limited

Supreme Award presented by the Minister of Agriculture

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions in their business or organisation
  • demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the workplace
  • share their ideas and resources among others to lift expectations of great employment in their region
  • have a highly effective programme in employee development or health and safety.

2021 finalists:

  • Rhys and Kiri Roberts, Align Clareview
  • James Trevelyan, Trevelyan's
  • Rayonier Matariki Forests
  • Jenny Buckley and Dave van den Beuken, Jaydee Partnership
  • Gareth Edgecombe, T&G Global

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards, email goodemployerawards@mpi.govt.nz

 

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