Kiwifruit Strap
The kiwifruit industry has defied all odds after beating the scourge of Psa which wiped out Zespri's golden Hort 16A crop nearly a decade ago.

They were dark days, with growers losing their vines, orchards and money.

Today kiwifruit is the biggest horticulture export out of New Zealand and the sector is booming but, as Carmen Hall reports, it is now facing new challenges.

The kiwifruit industry is grappling with its most significant challenge since Psa - a severe seasonal worker shortage.

It's projected that the industry will need 7000 more workers by 2027.

The kiwifruit industry continues with its struggle to find seasonal workers. Photo / File
The kiwifruit industry continues with its struggle to find seasonal workers. Photo / File

The Government declared a seasonal

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