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A banana ripener, chicken catcher, luge
manager and dog wash attendant are some of
the most weird and wonderful jobs on Trade
From 15,000 jobs advertised on the site,
among the most eyebrow-raising was MG
Marketing’s call for a banana ripener to work
in its South Island operations to ensure the
consistency and quality of its Dole bananas.
The ad said the right candidate must
have experience in banana-ripening and
understand how this is done through the
application of heat and ethylene, as well as
team leadership, a forklift licence, positive
attitude and attention to detail and accuracy.
A chicken catcher in west Auckland was
also needed. Poultry Industry Association
of New Zealand executive director Michael
Brooks said the role was specialised and
involved catching chickens from farms to
transport them to the plants.
Other unusual jobs included a car and dog
wash attendant in Hamilton, luge manager
in Queenstown and funeral director and
embalmer in Horowhenua.
While some jobs were enviable for their
location such as a golf course superintendent
at 90 Mile Beach Golf Links in Kaitaia or
assistant manager at Matavai Resort on Niue
Island, others were more attractive because of
the product — ice-cream company Tip Top
and beer company Tuatara Brewing also had
Trade Me head of jobs Peter Ashby said they
were occasionally contacted by advertisers
who had unusual jobs and were baffled as to
what category it should be listed under.
“ In my wildest dreams I would never have
imagined there would be such a thing as a
banana ripener,” Mr Ashby said.
“ It just goes to show there’s a job for
AUT Future of Work programme director
Prof Tim Bentley said the jobs showed
people’s skills needed to be flexible.
“ For instance, would you rather be a golf
course superintendent and get to play
golf everyday or would you rather do an
equivalent job in a school of something like
that,” he said.
“Although a lot of these jobs are very
different a lot of them require communication
skills, some involve cross-cultural skills and
they all involve needing to be flexible and
APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A teenage forestry worker was
flown to hospital with facial
injuries after an accident in a
forestry block near Panguru.
The man, 18, was working in
the forestry block off Motuti
Road, in the northern Hokianga,
when he was struck in the face
while attempting to remove a
chain from a log.
Going, St John
Northland (Mid North)
manager said the Northland
Electricity rescue helicopter
was called out about 10am on
Thursday after the injured man’s
workmates called the accident
Mr Going said the man was
working on the skidder assisting
with chaining a log and as he
attempted to remove the chain
he suffered facial injuries.
It is not clear at this stage
whether the large log or chain
struck him. Work Safe NZ is
investigating the accident, but
would not comment further.
Mr Going said the man’s
workmates did a great job of
treating him until St John staff
“They recognised the potential
seriousness of the injuries and
got in touch straightaway then
looked after him well until
we arrived but, because of the
terrain, we crewed the helicopter
with a winch team and landed
some distance away and were
transported in by a four-wheel-
drive vehicle to the skidder site “
Mr Going said.
“He was treated by St John
intensive care paramedic Paul
Davis and the man was winched
from the site in a stretcher then
taken to Whangarei Hospital.
“It was fairly windy up there
with some strong gusts, but it
was a rescue operation that went
really well through a real team
effort from everybody involved.”
The forestry industry is the
workplace, with 28 fatalities
In the past five years, one
man has died and more than
100 workers have been injured
In June, Worksafe
Northland forestry operations
had faced 22 health and safety
enforcement actions in the
previous 10 months.
The Whanganui District
Health Board has endorsed
a $105.7 million upgrade of
Palmerston North Hospital —
but not without dissent from
two members, with one claiming
Whanganui could be left with “a
On Friday, Mike Grant
and Helene Carbonatto from
Palmerston North-based Mid
Central District Health Board
came to the Whanganui board
meeting to present the project ’s
business case to board members.
The planned upgrade includes
the emergency department,
theatres, radiology, intensive care
and the high-dependency unit,
outpatient clinics, cancer day
ser vices and cardiology, procedure
rooms and theatres, along with
a $75m seismic strengthening
Ms Carbonatto said that while
Mid Central would pay for the
upgrade it needed to be approved
by government, and without the
Whanganui board’s endorsement
it would be difficult for Mid
Central to get that approval.
Mid Central endorsed the
business case last week.
Mr Grant said the hospital
had needed an upgrade for some
time. “Given the geographical
vulnerability of Wellington,
Palmerston North Hospital has
always been considered the back-
up,” he said.
Whanganui board member
Kate Joblin — who also sits
on the Mid Central board —
said she saw the upgrade as
“ insurance” for Whanganui. “A
lot of our population go over
to Palmerston North Hospital,
for example for cancer ser vices,
and this will improve on their
“If you saw Palmerston North’s
emergency department, their
ICU, you would be horrified,” Ms
Dot McKinnon said she was
comfortable with the proposal.
However, board member Philippa
Baker-Hogan said the upgrade
would see Wanganui Hospital
become “a cottage hospital”.
“Our hospital won’t be clinically
and financially viable if this goes
ahead. We need to strengthen
both boards and both hospitals,”
she said. “ We will lose patient
numbers with this.”
Board member Ray Stevens
objected to the way the item
had been brought to the board
meeting. “ This is just being
bulldozed through, you expect us
to approve this after one hour’s
Other board members, such
as Jenny Duncan, had concerns
about the implications of the
upgrade for Whanganui Hospital,
but agreed to support it on the
condition that they could raise
any concerns about the detailed
business case at a later date.
Gas reser ves have been revised upwards by
31% from 2012, and the remaining reser ves
at 2642 petajoules are now the highest in 13
years, the Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment says.
Sustained drilling programmes at Maui
and Mangahewa, as well as a number of well
sur veys at Pohokura and Kupe, have enabled
a better understanding of these fields.
However, oil and condensate production was
down because of an extended maintenance
shutdown at the Maari oil field late in the
Major explorer and producer Shell says it is
about to embark on a sur vey of the large New
Caledonia Basin to the north-west of New
Zealand as it continues preparation to drill in
deep water in the Great South Basin, which
is opposed by the Green Party.
Rob Jager, chairman of the Shell Companies
in New Zealand said he “welcomed a diverse
range of views” on drilling activities.
“ We’ ll await what the electorate says and
what then the subsequent governmental
negotiations end up looking like,” Mr Jager
said. “ We invest not for next year but for the
next 30-plus years. ”
Green Party energy spokesman Gareth
Hughes said his party wanted to ban drilling
in water 200m or deeper.
The party’s long-term goal was to see all
oil and gas drilling halted after the country
made the transition to 100% renewable
electricity, electric cars and sustainable
biofuels. Mr Hughes said this would be over
Mr Jager said Shell’s own gas reser ves had
increased markedly although warned these
can fluctuate sharply year on year.
The world-scale 3500pj Maui field is
nearing the end of its life but Shell has
been drilling to see what further gas can be
squeezed out of it.
Proven reser ves had increased from 79pj
to 133pj while proven plus probable (2p)
reser ves had increased from 219pj to 446pj.
The company is using new side drilling
techniques to unlock the bypass gas.
Its offshore Pohukura reser ves had also
been upgraded — proven reser ves almost
doubling to 942pj and 2p reser ves up from
783pj to 1017pj. Exploration wells were also
likely to be drilled near field Ruru 2 and
Maui 8 later this year.
Jager said sur vey work in the 150,000sq km
New Caledonia Basin was likely later this year
too. Shell in collaboration with Niwa would
use the research vessel Tangaroa to conduct
a six-week scientific research programme to
map the seafloor.
If it did result in a seismic sur vey marine
mammal monitors would be on the vessel
and the work would be halted if any whales
or dolphins were spotted.
APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A swamp kauri company fined for draining
protected wetland in Northland’s “black gold
rush” has failed owing more than $5 million.
The company, Sovereign Station Trustee,
owns a 940ha Northland property in a
wetland known as the Kaimaumau swamp,
about 30km north of Kaitaia.
The company, according to its liquidator, was
set up in 2010 when it purchased land “for the
purpose of extracting swamp kauri for export
to Chinese markets”.
While it was looking to cash in on the
“ black gold” trade, Sovereign Station became
embroiled in litigation with the Northland
Regional Council, which saw it fined $50,000
for breaching the Resource Management
Act. After defaulting to both secured and
unsecured creditors, the company was in July
put into liquidation and receivership.
Liquidator Grant Reynolds released his
report into the company ’s affairs earlier this
month, showing debts of more than $5m.
Secured creditors have a $2.5m mortgage
over the property, the report says. However,
the book value of this property is only $1.89m,
the liquidator said.
Inland Revenue is owed $220,000 while
unsecured creditors and suppliers are owed
$2.86m, the report says.
The “black gold rush” has soared in recent
years. In May 2012 the Ministry of Primary
Industries said nearly 600 cubic metres of
swamp kauri had been exported over the
previous two years. This soared to 2800 cubic
metres between January last year and April
this year, according to MPI data. More than
95% of exported swamp kauri went to China,
with Italy being the next biggest market. MPI
does not hold information on the value of
Excavated swamp kauri trunks can be up to
50,000 years old and used to make furniture or
artwork. Under the Forests Act, it is illegal to
export any swamp kauri unless it is a finished
product or a personal effect or it is from stump
or root material (either whole or sawn) sourced
from non-indigenous forest land. Even then,
exporters require MPI approval if they want to
send kauri stumps or roots overseas.
Sovereign Station, its former director
Raymond Bird, and a contractor working
on the property were last year taken to the
Environment Court by the council.
They were charged with unlawful diversion
of water, using land in breach of a regional
plan rule and contravening an abatement
notice and an enforcement order. Before the
charges were laid, the Environment Court in
2011 issued an order allowing certain work
on the property. However, council inspections
discovered work that breached this.
“The work included earthworks, vegetation
removal and extraction of swamp kauri. The
defendants transported swamp kauri to a
mill in Mangonui where the kauri was milled
and exported for commercial gain,” courts
documents alleged. The contractor, Gary
Beckham, pleaded guilty to 21 charges while
Bird admitted 16 charges. While the charges
carried a maximum of two years’ jail , Beckham
and Bird were sentenced in February to three
months’ community detention and 200 hours
of community work.
Crazy jobs going
for best of the bunch
Teenage forestry worker hurt
Green light for $105m
Oil and gas spending soars
Failed company owes more than $5m
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