Accommodation = $17/day
We have excellent accommodation options at both of our bases. Most common type is dorm room style bunks but we'll try to give couples their own room with a double bed! We also have kitchen facilities to cook in and common spaces to hang out. 

  • Grinding Facilities Onsite
    Both bases have grinding rooms for free use by staff.


  • *$13/day Dinner: Served hot at 6pm on work days 

  • Free Cooked Breakfast - Mon | Wed | Fri

  • Free Continental Breakfast - Tue | Thus | Sat | Sun

*working days only


  • We transport you to and from work free of charge in our well maintained fleet of vans.

 prices valid until 1 October 2020


We run efficient crews and shear big weeks

Charlie & Blousie put a lot of effort into running efficient crews which means Mackshearing is able to offer the most consistent work/hours for shearing in the North Island. Fact. Racking up plenty of hours is easy to do here. We also start early so we can all knock off early and relax in the arvo!

Weekly Pay Cycle (Mon-Sun)

  • Tues = Draft Payslip for prev. Mon-Sun

  • Wed = Final Payslip, paid tonight

  • Thurs = Money in your account

2020 Shearing Rate - $2.16 per ewe/lamb

Base rate from the NZ Shearing Association.

  • Base rate for Ewes = $1.70/sheep

  • Plus Gear allowance = $0.20/sheep

  • Plus Holidays 8% + ~4.32% Stats = $0.21/sheep

  • Plus Kiwisaver 3% = $0.05/sheep

'All-Up' industry rate for Kiwis = $2.16/sheep

Link to pay rate table

 prices valid until 1 October 2020


Our shedstaff are paid base rates between $19-24/hr.

  • Plus 3% Kiwisaver

  • Plus 8% Holiday Pay

  • Plus ~4.32% Public/Stat Holidays

Link to pay rate table

Link to guide to reading your payslip - compare to your current payslip. How many entitlements are you getting paid?

Lunch and smoko included in your rate (see Food above)


We'll pick you up from Auckland Airport!

At Mack we're family, and family picks family up from the airport! If you're flying in from overseas give Charlie a call on +64272511111 or hit us up on Facebook Messenger. ​One of our leaders will come and pick you up from Auckland Airport for the 3.5hr drive to Taumaranui.

Give us 1 weeks notice or you might need to get the bus!


Annual Staff Training courses

1. Learner Course = mid-October 2020

2. Novice & Experienced Course = late-Nov 2020

We train all skill levels of shearers, woolhandlers and pressers. 

Ongoing In-Shed Training

In shed training will be happening again during Mainshear (Dec through Feb). Craig Crawshaw is back again this year to lead and will be helped by a couple of our own Leaders.



Everyone needs to sign:

Contract & Payroll Pack

Download Template MSL Contract here
Terms & Conditions
Health & Safety Download doc
  1. Apply online with Immigration NZ

    • If 1st time in NZ = Working Holiday Visa​

    • If returning = Seasonal Worker Visa

  2. If this fails, we can only help shearers​ 

    • If Shearer = Skills Shortage Visa​

    • If Other = Need to talk to Immigration NZ again or an Immigration consultant

Call Charlie 027 251 1111
Taumarunui Base (HQ)
Taihape Base