‘Catch a Job’ Campaign Launches to Support Seafood Sector

‘Catch a Job’ Campaign Launches to Support Seafood Sector

Written by Charlotte Lang

Posted on Thursday 29 April 2021

The Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) have teamed up with three of New Zealand's largest fisheries – Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys, to launch a campaign to help fill hundreds of jobs in the seafood industry.

The collaboration is an extension of the successful ‘Pick Nelson Tasman’ campaign which reached tens of thousands of people across the country and helped fill a shortfall of jobs in the horticultural sector during their critical harvest period. The regional recruitment drive is part of the Project Kōkiri COVID-19 recovery programme which was launched in the region in June 2020.

“We have the largest fishing port in Australasia and over 70% of New Zealand’s aquaculture is located here in Te Tauihu, the seafood sector is a critical economic driver for our region” said NRDA Regional Development and Attraction Manager Hannah Norton. “With our borders remaining closed, there’s a shortage of workers for both seasonal and permanent work. Through Project Kōkiri, we’ve ensured that our economic response has been both flexible and collaborative, so it was a natural extension to partner with the seafood sector to support their recruitment drive on behalf of the region.”

The campaign, which has a strong social media and digital focus, utilises the same fun and unique vibe of Pick Nelson Tasman to promote the what the seafood industry has to offer. This includes a range of entry-level jobs and career opportunities. Jobs are available in Nelson, Motueka, Blenheim and Havelock.

Norton added “We know that many people in our community and further afield have been displaced from work due to COVID-19 and so we’re putting the call out to say there are boatloads of opportunities on offer here in Te Tauihu and that our primary sector, which has underpinned our recovery, has secure employment pathways for people seeking job security. Seas the opportunity and catch a job – it’s never been easier.”

Job Seekers can apply for roles through www.catchajob.nz and after filling out a quick and easy application form, will be contacted directly by employers with suitable opportunities.

for more information, please contact Hannah Norton, Regional Development and Attraction Manager, NRDA – hannah.norton@nelsontasman.nz