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Category: Tractor / Truck / Machinery Operator
Location: Hawke's Bay

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Machinery Operator/General - Hawke's Bay


Kereru Station is a large sheep and beef property located 35 minutes west of Hastings. Comprising 2014ha effective, the farm has a good balance of contour ranging from flat to medium hill country. The farming business is divided into two blocks with the finishing operation run at Kereru Station and the breeding
operation at Thornflat.

Owned by two Charitable Trusts, the Station has a high performing management team with a proven track record of engaging with and growing their employees. The properties have excellent infrastructure, and the board supports continuous improvement of the asset including a 200ha irrigation platform in the final stages of development and new stock yards currently being built. Therefore, it really is a great time to join this business!


Kereru Station are now seeking a Machinery Operator/General whose key areas of work will be in the agricultural side of the farming operation, preparing land and completing the cropping/pasture requirements for the farming business as well as taking responsibility for the general repair and maintenance programme
for the Station.

There will be other general work including some fencing, both R&M and new, as well as assisting with water reticulation and irrigation including the running and maintenance of the water usage. During busy times of the year, you may have the opportunity to jump in and help with stock work, such as docking, crutching, and weaning.


As there will be autonomy in the working day this role requires a self-starter with good time management skills. The successful applicant will ideally come with the following skills:

  • Cropping/Ag work experience – both operational and maintenance (i.e. Welding/workshop experience).
  • Water reticulation knowledge and experience.
  • Fencing skills – R & M and new fencing.
  • Chemical handling experience and spraying knowledge.
  • Stock experience would be beneficial and the ability to use a handpiece is advantageous.

The Machinery Operator/General role comes with an attractive remuneration package, including a tidy 3-bedroom home with recently refurbished kitchen and new carpet. Offering spacious grounds, a large deck, and a fireplace with a heat transfer system.

The Station is located in the established rural community of Kereru where the community spirit is alive and well. Kereru Primary School is 3km away as is the local pre-school - Tots and Dots. There is plenty to keep you busy with hunting and fishing on the farm and a local community hall offering social events and
squash courts. Tikokino is 20 minutes’ drive, where there is an active Young Farmers Club and Rugby Club.

Don’t miss your opportunity to work within a progressive and diverse farming business, where the Trust’s distributions benefit the wider Hawke’s Bay region, both in education and in the community.

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Applications close Sunday 29th May 2022

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Date Posted: 2022-05-12


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