Hops are the flower of plants that make beer, a growing industry as craft beer becomes more popular. Nelson/Tasman is the hop growing centre of New Zealand as the warm summers and regular rainfall provide perfect growing conditions. Around 20 hop varieties are grown locally with unique qualities and flavours.
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Hop gardens are in small regional towns around Motueka, such as Riwaka, Tapawera and the Moutere Valley.
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Harvest involves stripping the flowers from vines to be dried and then packaged for wholesale. This is a peak time for labour, with growers needing to take on extra people to fill roles.
During hop training the hop bines (the stem of the plant) are wound onto lines to encourage them to grow upwards. This is a peak time for labour, with growers needing to take on extra people to fill roles.
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Come and see what our industry has to offer and plan an employment and training path.
If your work is coming to an end and you are interested in seasonal workforce redeployment please contact:
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