Concern from kiwifruit growers
Concern is rising among Eastern Bay of Plenty kiwifruit growers at the availability of pickers.
The news comes ahead of the season which begins in March.
The wider Bay of Plenty region produces 80 per cent of the nations crop, however orchards are faced with the same problem every year: not enough workers.
NZKGI Chair Doug Brown says the organisation is working towards finding a solution.