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New Zealand jobs attracting strong interest from Macra members

MACRA NA FEIRME members are among the most prominent applicants for 100 farming and agri-food jobs in New Zealand "ring-fenced" for young Irish people.

NZ-based Agstaff Recruitment manager Matt Jones is currently in Dublin meeting applicants for vacancies such as farm workers, stock truck drivers, tractor drivers, dairy farm assistant, arable farm workers, factory operatives and food processing roles. Those selected will spend a year working in New Zealand on holiday visas.

From 2pm on Saturday, Mr Jones will be in the Montenotte Hotel in Cork to meet applicants. Those meetings will be limited to 50 places by prior appointment. Registration closes today, but Agstaff will host further meetings based upon demand.

Philip Wrenn has been organising the market in Ireland for Agstaff. He has been impressed by the quality of the Irish applicants, many of whom have been presenting their CVs via social network sites.

Mr Wrenn said: "The first half of Saturday’s event will have information about visas, the type of work on offer and a chance to meet people who have already been to New Zealand.

"There are openings for factory operatives and food processing roles, so this may also be of interest to some people who are not necessarily young farmers."

The Cork seminar is being organised by the Canstaff Recruitment Agency. For further information, email:, contact Philip Wrenn on 086 4024161, or visit their site: