Hire someone on a Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa

If you're hiring someone on a SSE visa, the role they're filling must be a horticulture or viticulture role.

These should be short-term roles where there are not enough New Zealanders available.

You can hire someone on a SSE visa into these roles if you either:

  • have approved SSE Approval in Principle (AIP)
  • are a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) with an approved Agreement to Recruit (ATR), or
  • are filling a role in a Ministry of Social Development (MSD) region that's specified by us (see below).

Roles specified by us

We'll tell you what roles you're able to fill in your region and district during which time periods.

Find your region (listed below) and check your district to see if your role is listed.

You can hire someone with an SSE visa if:

  • your role is listed in your region and district
  • your role works with the produce listed
  • you're starting and finishing the role during the period of time listed.

Otherwise, you'll need to find a New Zealander to fill the role.

Find your region and district

The regions are listed from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. Select your region and check what roles are listed for your district.

  • Northland

    The Northland region includes:

    • Far North District
    • Kaipara District
    • Kerikeri
    • Whangarei District.

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Far North, Whangarei Packer Avocado November 2020 - March 2021
    Packer Kiwifruit March 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Avocado November 2020 - March 2021
    Picker Berries November 2020 - March 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit March 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Persimmon January 2021 - June 2021
    Pruner Avocado November 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Avocado November 2020 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Kaipara Picker Kumara February 2021 - May 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kumara January 2021 - February 2021
    Harvest Kumara March 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Kerikeri Packer Citrus April 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Citrus April 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
  • Auckland

    The Auckland region includes all of Auckland.

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Ardmore, Pukekohe Plant Maintenance, Planter, Pruner, Thinner, Picker Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Helensville, Mangere, Omaha, Waiuku Picker Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries October 2020 - February 2021
    Helensville, Warkworth, Wiri Plant Maintenance, Planter, Pruner Strawberries October 2020 - February 2021
    Pruner Strawberries October 2020 - February 2021
    Picker Cucumber October 2020 - February 2021
    Picker Grapes January 2021 - February 2021
    Planter/Plant Maintenance Grapes November 2020 - February 2021
    Planter/Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit November 2020 - February 2021
    Planter/Plant Maintenance Strawberries October 2020 - February 2021
    Pruner Kiwifruit November 2020 - February 2021
    Pruner Strawberries October 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Grapes November 2020 - January 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit November 2020 - April 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Mangere, Tuakau Picker Tomatoes December 2020 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Pukekohe Picker Cucumber October 2020 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Waiheke Island Picker Grapes January 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Grapes November 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Grapes November 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Warkworth Picker Capsicum January 2021 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - April 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
  • Waikato

    The Waikato region includes:

    • Thames-Coromandel District
    • Hauraki District
    • Waikato District
    • Matamata-Piako District
    • Hamilton City
    • Waipa District
    • Ōtorohanga District
    • South Waikato District
    • Waitomo District
    • Taupō District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Hauraki/Coromandel Plant Maintenance, Planter Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
  • Bay of Plenty

    The Bay of Plenty region includes:

    • Western Bay of Plenty District
    • Tauranga City
    • Rotorua Lakes
    • Whakatāne District
    • Kawerau District
    • Ōpōtiki District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Kawerau, Opotiki, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane Plant Maintenance, Planter Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Pruner Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
  • Gisborne

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Gisborne Picker Apples, Grapes, Pears February 2021 - April 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Kiwifruit October 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Apples, Grapes, Pears November 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit October 2020 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Citrus January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Citrus January 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Citrus January 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Persimmon April 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Persimmon April 2021 - June 2021
    Picker Persimmon April 2021 - June 2021
  • Hawkes Bay

    The Hawkes Bay region includes:

    • Wairoa District
    • Hastings District
    • Napier City
    • Central Hawke's Bay District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Central Hawkes Bay Picker Apples, Grapes, Pears February 2021 - April 2021
    Picker Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums December 2020 - January 2021
    Picker Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries November 2020 - February 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Apples, Grapes, Pears November 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Apricots, Cherries, Kiwifruit Nectarines, Peaches, Plums October 2020 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance,
    Planter, Thinner
    Kiwifruit January 2021 - June 2021
  • Taranaki

    The Taranaki region includes:

    • New Plymouth District
    • Stratford District
    • South Taranaki District

    There are no roles you can fill in the Taranaki region.

  • Manawatu-Whanganui

    The Manawatu-Whanganui region includes:

    • Ruapehu District
    • Whanganui District
    • Rangitikei District
    • Manawatu District
    • Palmerston North City
    • Tararua District
    • Horowhenua District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Job

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Horowhenua Picker, Plant Maintenance, Planter All vegetables October 2020 - June 2021
    Picker Asparagus September 2020 - February 2021
    Picker Grapes February 2021 - May 2021
    Picker Strawberries November 2020 - March 2021
    Thinner Grapes November 2020 - February 2021
    Rangitikei Picker Asparagus October 2020 - January 2021
    Picker Peacharines, Plums December 2020 - June 2021
    Whanganui Picker Raspberries, Strawberries October 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums October 2020 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Pruner Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit November 2020 - April 2021
  • Wellington

    The Wellington region includes:

    • Kapiti Coast District
    • Porirua City
    • Upper Hutt City
    • Hutt City
    • Wellington City
    • Masterton District
    • Carterton District
    • South Wairarapa District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Job

    Type of produce

    Dates

    South Wairarapa Picker Apples, Grapes February 2021 - May 2021
    Picker Strawberries November 2020 - March 2021
    Thinner Apples, Grapes November 2020 - February 2021
  • Tasman

    The Tasman region includes the Tasman District.

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Tasman Picker Apples, Pears March 2021 - May 2021
    Picker Grapes March 2021 - April 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit March 2021 - May 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Grapes November 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Apples, Grapes, Pears November 2020 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Planter Kiwifruit November 2020 - April 2021
    Harvesting Hops February 2021 - March 2021
  • Nelson

    The Nelson region includes Nelson City.

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Nelson Picker Apples, Pears March 2021 - May 2021
    Picker Grapes March 2021 - April 2021
    Picker Kiwifruit March 2021 - May 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Grapes November 2020 - February 2021
    Thinner Apples, Grapes, Pears November 2020 - February 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Pruner Kiwifruit November 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Kiwifruit November 2020 - April 2021
    Harvesting Hops February 2021 - March 2021
  • Marlborough

    The Marlborough region includes the Marlborough District.

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Marlborough Picker Cherries November 2020 - January 2021
    Picker Grapes February 2021 - April 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Planter Grapes November 2020 - April 2021
    Thinner Grapes November 2020 - April 2021
  • West Coast

    The West Coast region includes:

    • Buller District
    • Grey District
    • Westland District

    There are no roles you can fill in the West Coast region.

  • Canterbury

    The Canterbury region includes:

    • Kaikōura District
    • Hurunui District
    • Waimakariri District
    • Christchurch City
    • Selwyn District
    • Ashburton District
    • Timaru District
    • Mackenzie District
    • Waimate District
    • Waitaki District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Hurunui Picker Grapes February 2021 - June 2021
    Planter/Plant Maintenance Grapes November 2020 - June 2021
    Pruner Grapes March 2021 - June 2021
    Thinner Grapes November 2020 - June 2021
    MacKenzie, Timaru Waimate Grading Onions October 2020 - June 2021
    Packer Apples March 2021 - July 2021
    Picker Apples February 2021 - May 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruning Apples May 2021 - August 2021
    Planter Apples August 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Apples November 2020 - February 2021
    Mid Canterbury, Selwyn Picker, Plant Maintenance, Planter All vegetables October 2020 - June 2021
  • Chatham Islands

    The Chatham Islands region includes all of the Chatham Islands.

    There are no roles you can fill in the Chatham Islands region.

  • Otago

    The Otago region includes:

    • Central Otago District
    • Queenstown-Lakes District
    • Dunedin City
    • Clutha District

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Central Otago Packer Apples March 2021 - June 2021
    Packer Blueberries December 2020 - March 2021
    Packer Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums November 2020 - February 2021
    Picker Apples February 2021 - May 2021
    Picker Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums November 2020 - March 2021
    Picker Blueberries, Grapes March 2021 - May 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruner Apples May 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruner Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums March 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruner Blueberries May 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruner Grapes May 2021 - June 2021
    Planter Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums August 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums November 2020 - January 2021
    Queenstown Lakes District Packer Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums November 2020 - March 2021
    Picker Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums December 2020 - March 2021
    Picker Grapes March 2021 - May 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruning Apples May 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruning Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums March 2021 - June 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruning Grapes May 2021 - June 2021
    Planter Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums August 2020 - June 2021
    Thinner Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums November 2020 - February 2021
  • Southland

    The Southland region includes:

    • Southland District
    • Gore District
    • Invercargill City

    The roles you can fill in this region are:

    District

    Role

    Type of produce

    Dates

    Southland Packer Blueberries December 2020 - March 2021
    Picker Blueberries December 2020 - March 2021
    Plant Maintenance, Pruning Blueberries May 2021 - June 2021