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With the wine vintage now underway around New Zealand, the organisation representing rural contractors has called on the wine industry to ensure its following sound health and safety practices. Rural Contractors NZ president David Kean says like much other contracting, those in viticulture need to recognise the risks of pushing themselves and staff into working over-long hours. "Contractors really need to have a plan around staffing to ensure they don't…
The nation's rural contracting organisation has welcomed the Government's proposals to make it easier for regions to get workers. Rural Contractors New Zealand president David Kean says last month's announcement looks like a step if not a leap in the right direction. "Our members help farmers get in enough winter feed, stay on top of weeds and a host of other tasks which allow our nation's farms to stay productive."…
New Zealand's agricultural contractors opened their wallets and raised more than $33,000 for Wellington Free Ambulance during their annual conference, which was held in Masterton 26-28 June. Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is the industry body that represents the contractors who provide services to the country's farmers and horticulturalists. Each year it holds its annual conference in a different regional centre. A popular event during the conference is the charity…
New RCNZ president David Kean with deputy Helen Slattery and outgoing president Steve Levet   The new presidential team leading Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) says the organisation plays an invaluable role educating and up-skilling contractors and promoting their interests. At its annual conference in Masterton 26-28 June, the RCNZ board elected Southland contractor David Kean to be its new president and Waikato contractor Helen Slattery to be its new…
I'm a committed Southlander but even I would accept it takes a bit to pull in 40 people to a meeting on a frosty winter's evening down here. So it was with a recent meeting in Winton of Zone 4 of Rural Contractors NZ. We had 40 members (or staff of members) turn up and it just proved to me the value of our organisation for which I am now…
David Kean Rural Contractors NZ president You may have seen this recent headline story: Tractor driver had worked almost 200 hours in the fortnight leading up to his death and followeda WorkSafe prosecution. A court heard that In October 2016, a worker for a Waikato contracting company on harvesting operations on a farm in Pukekawa man had logged a 16.75 hour day before departing the farm on a tractor for…
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