The nursery works on large and medium scale revegetation schemes in partnership with government departments, local and regional councils, conservation groups and other large land owners. This is coupled with smaller scale plantings for small businesses and farms, and growing plants for garden centres and commercial nurseries.

Some major plant supply projects have included supplying the Bruce Road to the Whakapapa ski field with 100,000 plants, and Auckland’s North Western Motorway with 20,000 plants.

To be eligible for the role, Mike gained an advanced National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4. People who achieve this qualification have the ability to undertake a range of horticultural tasks at a tradesperson level. The qualification covers broad knowledge and skills relevant across all sectors of the horticulture industry.

While this was not what Mike aimed to do on finishing secondary school, an interest in plants and growing them grew over the years.

He said he loved the opportunity to work outdoors and look after plants through his role at the nursery.

Average pay

  • Pay for nursery growers/workers varies depending on their experience and responsibilities, but they usually earn $14–$20 per hour.

(Source: Careers New Zealand)

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