What is required to be a Kiwifruit Contractor

You are here because you are looking to work as a Contractor in the Kiwifruit Industry. 

Zespri runs a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) program which is certified to the GLOBAL G.A.P. standard. This programme includes assessing orchard management systems and the activities that are undertaken on orchards.

Before you request to register with Zespri, it is important that you have read the following and understand all of the requirements you are agreeing to meet.

If you are a Harvester, Vine Maintenance, Fertiliser or Spray Contractor or Subcontractor, who intends to work on kiwifruit orchards then prior to commencing any work on-orchard you must:

  • be registered with Zespri

  • successfully complete an inspection

  • hold a current Compliance Assessment Verification (CAV) 

All Contractors must: 

  • be registered with Zespri as a Contractor, and always keep this registration up-to-date

  • be inspected against the orchard activities that you take part in

  • ensure that all requirements, as set by legislation, are met, specifically with regards to food safety, health & safety and employment 

  • have transparent systems and accurate record-keeping in place for all aspects of your business 

  • be able to demonstrate that your systems are understood and have been fully implemented, and provide records to support this

  • hold a current CAV (Compliance Assessment Verification) issued by an approved inspector

  • always have a copy of your CAV with you when you are working on any orchard, to provide a copy to any grower whose orchard you work on  

  • have your systems and processes inspected annually by a Zespri-approved inspector 

  • be available for additional inspections, as requested by Zespri or your inspector, and co-operate in the inspection process - including allowing your employees to speak with the inspector 

  • declare if your business, or anyone employed in your business, is under investigation by a government authority (for example, the Labour Inspectorate) 

  • meet the Zespri Supplier Code of Conduct, our Terms of Reference and Privacy Statement


Other contractors are not required to register at this time. If you are unsure if you need to register, please contact compliance@zespri.com or 07 572 6464.



If you’re an on-orchard contractor you can request to register with Zespri or to view/update your registration details here. 

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