Employer Testimonials

Property Brokers engaged Gretchen Parkes of Rural Directions to assist our Hawkes Bay real estate business recruit a specialist rural leader to develop our team and take it forward on the East Coast. Gretchen’s collaborative approach and independence was a great assist with that process. We sought Gretchen after a referral from another established agribusiness that had similar success. Gretchen is always very professional and really understands the agribusiness market.

Conrad Wilkshire – General Manager (Rural), Property Brokers

Our entity owns a 1,000ha sheep and cattle farm in north Waikato. We mandated Rural Directions to find us a temporary Farm Manager while we recruited a longer term replacement. The process went smoothly and to plan, timelines were met and we were happy with all aspects of the service. The person appointed did an excellent job for the 3 months he was running the farm. We couldn’t have asked for a better result.

Interim Farm Manager Placement – Client Endorsement/Feedback

Thank you very much for all the great work you have put into this recruitment process. You have made the whole process a breeze and we really appreciate the time and effort you have spent on it!

Mitchell Wolting – Hawkes Bay Production Manager, South Pacific Seeds (NZ) Ltd

We can highly recommend Rural Directions. We have recently appointed a Farm Manager for a new property and it’s fair to say that our success in making this appointment would be largely attributed to Rural Direction executives and their processes and functions to find good people. We felt very comfortable that Rural Directions thoroughly understood exactly what we wanted and listened to our preferences. I believe job-seekers found the process they went through was very professional too.

Richard Hall – Director, Rua Oki Farms

On two separate occasions, we engaged Rural Directions to help us fill job vacancies within our forest management business. We were initially a little hesitant in using their services as while they were known to specialise in rural recruitment, they had little experience recruiting staff in the forest industry. As they were HB based in Havelock North, we decided to give them the opportunity to prove themselves.

Both positions have been successfully filled. Staff at Rural Directions have been easy to deal with and responsive to our requirements. The results achieved have exceeded our expectations and we would be happy to work with them again in the future.

Steve Bell – CEO, Forest Management New Zealand

We have engaged Gretch and Rural Directions for recruitment and general HR support and have found her/them excellent. She has presented great candidates and provides a thorough professional onboarding service that inspires confidence with us and new employees as they join the company.

Will Purvis – General Manager, StockCo Capital

Rural Directions has made 3 appointments for our farm businesses over the last 2.5 years. Their professional advice, guidance throughout the process and thorough approach ensures an excellent outcome. An end to end process in what is now a complex field with serious business implications.

Richard and Dianne Kidd – Whenuanui Farm

Thank you very much for your patience and hard work with the recruitment process and helping us find a lovely family. The applicants said you were fantastic to work with and it was a good process.

Richard & Sarah Burdon – Glen Dene Station

We have engaged Rural Directions to successfully fill a number of roles. Over the years our requirements have ranged across much of the Ag-sector and included positions at many levels. Without fail Rural Directions have brought an enthusiastic approach to each engagement and consistently give us confidence we are seeing the best talent available. We require quality outcomes that build our reputation as preferred employers in the industry, this means professionalism, fairness and getting the right fit are critical. With a team that has built relationships far and wide and the ability to understand our client’s needs, Rural Directions are our ‘go to’ for Ag appointments.

Dean Nikora – Muriwai Downs Farm

We worked with Rural Directions Recruitment & HR to fill 6 roles and found them great to work with. The advice given was very valuable, the reference checks were thorough and everyone was friendly and easy to work with. Rural Directions HR took the time to understand our business which ensured that the shortlisted candidates were both of an extremely high calibre, and the right fit for our culture. I was very pleased with both the shortlisted candidates and final employees, the hardest part for us was choosing between the high quality applicants.

Dene Noonan – Manager Farm Business, Auckland Council

Rural Directions made our hunt for the right employee easy. The team ‘got it’, were incredibly responsive and we felt supported through the process. Thank you Rural Directions, we’re delighted with the result!

Sally Paterson – Levin

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