Hire someone on a Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa

If you're hiring someone on a Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa, the role they're filling must be a horticulture or viticulture role. These are picking, planting, plant maintenance, pruning or thinning crops.

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 that's specified by us (see below).

Roles specified by us

You can hire someone with a SSE visa for any horticulture or viticulture role (except packers) in any region up to the end of September 2021.

If you have vacancies for packers, call us on 0800 778 008 to speak to your local Work Broker, who will help you find packers in your area. If your Work Broker cannot find packers for you then you may be able to hire someone with a SSE visa instead.

Currently, we're unable to supply packers in these areas:

  • Northland:
    • Far North
    • Whangārei
    • Kerikeri
  • Gisborne:
    • Gisborne
    • Ruatoria
  • Hawke's Bay:
    • Napier
    • Hastings
    • Wairoa
    • Waipukurau
    • Flaxmere
    • Taradale
  • Canterbury:
    • Mackenzie
    • Timaru
    • Waimate
  • Otago:
    • Central Otago
    • Queenstown Lakes District
  • Southland:
    • Southland

If your business is looking for packers in one of these areas, you can hire SSE visa holders. You will not need to contact a Work Broker to do this.