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Ministry for Primary Industries
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Primary industry, trade & manufacturing
Hawke's Bay
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Job Description

  • Are you looking for a Veterinarian role on the East Coast of the North Island?
  • Fantastic location in Sunny Wairoa
  • Multi-species processing plant with reasonable shift hours


The Team Manager Establishment for Hawkes Bay is looking for a Veterinarian to join the team.


ME42, AFFCO Wairoa is located in the East Coast/Hawkes Bay town of Wairoa with easy access to rugged beaches and walks.  Wairoa has a close knit and supportive community and it's a great place to experience and enjoy all that a kiwi rural lifestyle has to offer.


The Mahia Peninsula is only 45 min drive away from where you can see Kiwi Space Company “Rocket Lab” launch satellites into space from their launch site on the peninsula; that's an experience that's hard to beat!


The plant processes beef, sheep and goats on two shifts during the peak summer months. You will be part of a 3-vet team, working a 5x8 pattern.  This great plant has a positive environment in which to learn the job, you will be working under an experienced and skilled supervising veterinarian.  MEF42 is listed for all major markets and has friendly MPI and operator staff.


We can offer reasonable shift hours along and excellent career development and training opportunities with a great location boasting a fantastic climate, relaxed friendly community, no traffic hassles and affordable housing with desirable rural lifestyle blocks and farms.


The outdoor activities are limitless; great for hiking, fishing and camping and is conveniently located halfway between Napier and Gisborne- the two major towns on the North Island's east coast.


If this sounds like you we want to hear from you!


About the Group and the Team: 

The role sits within the Establishment group of the Verification Services directorate. MPI Verification Services (MPI VS) provides a range of food safety and biosecurity verification and certification services to support market access strategies and setting standards.



Key Skills / Educational Requirements

  • A qualified and registered Veterinarian
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices associated with HACCP, Quality Assurance systems, Risk Management Systems
  • Verbal and written skills, verbal and analytical reasoning skills
  • Integrity and trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability and openness
  • Persuading and influencing, team work, planning and organising
  • Computer literacy – can operate standard and customised software to an acceptable standard e.g. word-processing, excel, internet, email, database, secure sites, electronic certification, residues etc
  • An understanding of basic food technology


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae) please “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Melissa Heaney, Recruitment Advisor for a confidential discussion at 04 894 0652 or email

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand or via Skype and be eligible to work in New Zealand.


Applications for this role will not be accepted after Sunday 27th May


The Ministry for Primary Industries is a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone's differences are valued and respected. We welcome enquires from everyone and value diversity in the workplace and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements. MPI is an employer of choice. 

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