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Experienced Shearers WANTED
Second Share = May > July
Main Shear = Nov > 


What's important to us, is you thinking we are the best place to work

What we do for you...

Safety First

We look after our crew so everyone goes home safe.

So we do some non-standard things in this industry like breath testing van divers daily and providing earplugs in the sheds. Click here know more.

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Ongoing In-Shed Training

We endeavor to have In-Shed training every Main Shear (Dec>Feb).

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | $17 per day

Eat well, work well. Pretty simple.

  • FREE Breakfast

    • ​Cooked - Mon | Wed | Fri

    • Continental - Tue | Thus | Sat | Sun

  • FREE Lunch - Lunch & Smokos 

  • $17 Dinner

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Morning Team Van | FREE

  • Good, safe vehicles.

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

  • We have covered gear trailers to store your gear to and from work. Safe and secure. 

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Accommodation | $20 per day

We have outstanding accommodation, including twin & single rooms which include:

  • top kitchen & dining facilities

  • top ablution areas

  • grinding room & hot water


Click here to see our bases

   Base 1: Taumaranui

   Base 2: Taihape

Paid Weekly

  • Higher pay rates than NZSCA standard rates.

  • Weekly payroll on Wed night for the last Mon-Sun.

  • Must sign Contract + Tax Forms before 1st Pay.

  • See below for more detail (rates & entitlements)

Next Step

Call Charlie on 027 251 1111


Important things to know when working at MSL

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!


Simply catch the Bus from Auckland 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 the bus stop at Taumarunui or Taihape.

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Get a New Zealand Bank Account


  1. Fill in this PDF

  2. Email to

Register for a New Zealand myIR Account (Tax)


  1. Visit

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Pay Rates & Entitlements

Public Holidays - Are you getting yours? 

Most employees in the shearing industry are entitled to public holidays. Click here for more info (Employment NZ website)

All Up Pay Rates

  • Shearers Ewes/Lambs = $2.40ea (Incl 20c Gear Allowance + 8% Annual Leave + Public Holidays + Kiwisaver)

  • Shed Staff = $25.26/hr - $35/hr (incl+ 8% Annual Leave + Public Holidays + Kiwisaver)

  • Rates valid until 31 March 2023

Employee Entitlements​​

All-Up rates work out to be +19-26% on top of your base rate/ weekly pay, depending on whether you're a Permanent, Fixed or Kiwi. 

  • Holiday Pay ~8%

  • Public Holidays ~4.32% (~11% over main shear)

  • Paid Rest Breaks ~4.167%

  • Kiwisaver 3%

  • Gear Allowance 20c (shearers only | non-taxable)

           ==> All-Up looks like an extra 19-26% on top of base rate​

Woolhandler Premium

Woolhandler that can handle stands of shearers working 2:1 will get an additional +$3/hr (base rate).

All Up Hourly Rate

Kiwi's on our senior base rates of $26/hr working 2:1 with shearers are effectively taking home $34.56/hr once all your bonus and  entitlements are collected. 

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  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

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