Our horticulture industries are leading the world in growing quality, fresh produce and nurturing and enhancing the environment we live in.
Horticulture production is a $5 billion export industry experiencing exceptional growth and career opportunities are plentiful and highly valued.
New Zealand's internationally recognised sports arenas, golf courses and open spaces attract thousands of international visitors to our country every year.
Innovation, new technologies and sustainable practices are propelling businesses forward – but it will always be people with knowledge and energy who make the biggest impact.
Our horticulture industry produces high quality, fresh, healthy food for New Zealand and the world – and demand is on the rise. We’re on the front foot to meet changing consumer tastes and demands, innovating at every step to produce more food, with a proud provenance, using strict sustainability practices. It’s a growing, diverse industry undergoing rapid change – an exciting business to be a part of.
All over New Zealand we have impressive private and public spaces that need imagining, planning, creating and maintaining. Horticulture Services offer a hands-on way to lift community well being, help Kiwis and tourists alike enjoy fun and recreation in beautiful surroundings and to care for the environment in a sustainable way.
Take a look at how training is helping these businesses
Help Arborists Stay Safe
Climbing tall trees and wielding chainsaws is a dangerous business, so health and safety is a top priority for employers such as Franklin Trees.
The family-owned company employs over 50 staff in the horticultural and arboricultural sector, based in Auckland, Pukekohe and Hamilton, and help clients manage all their landscape and vegetation needs.
Franklin’s Business Development Manager, Rick Mexted, says the introduction of WorkSafe and the new Health and Safety at Work Act last year has resulted in big changes for arboricultural businesses everywhere.How Qualifications Can Help Arborists Stay Safe at Work
Wine Exporter Preps for Growth
When Julie Bassett became head of Human Resources at Constellation Brands – the largest exporter of New Zealand wine – she soon realised a problem was looming.
“We identified that our ability to recruit people was going to be challenging over the coming years given how fast our industry was growing,” she explains. “In Marlborough, for example, there’s a limited number of people and there’s also a housing shortage, so it’s hard to bring workers in from elsewhere.”Leading NZ Wine Exporter Prepares For Future Growth
Training Helps Garden Staff
Auckland’s Botanic Gardens are promoted as a place “where ideas grow” – and that rings as true for the staff as it does for the plants and the visiting public.
The Botanic Gardens span 64ha in Manurewa, South Auckland, where over 30 fulltime staff are employed to engage with the public and tend to thousands of different species of exotic and native plants.Training Helps Auckland Botanic Gardens’ Staff To Thrive