Story: Market gardens and production nurseries

Immigrant lettuce picker

Immigrant lettuce picker

In times of full employment, New Zealand growers have had difficulty finding enough local workers to plant, weed and harvest their crops. Since 2000 they have become increasingly reliant upon a temporary immigrant labour force to supply seasonal labour. Shinda Singh, pictured here picking lettuce at Patumāhoe, near Pukekohe, was one of a team of mostly Pacific Island immigrant workers working in market gardens in 2006.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Market gardens and production nurseries - Other outdoor crops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008