Nelson Plant,

Our Alliance Nelson Plant is located in Stoke at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. We process sheep.

Climate and Weather:

Temperatures are mild compared with the rest of the country, with the region’s close proximity to the sea resulting in a relative lack of extreme high and extreme low temperatures. Temperatures exceeding 30°C are rare in coastal areas.

Nelson receives plenty of sunshine, particularly in Nelson City where average annual sunshine hours (approx 2,400 hours) are among the highest recorded in New Zealand.




Up to 10 months



Jobs available

Skilled Jobs

Butchers and Knifehands

We’re accepting applications now for experienced Butchers/Boners to start mid-July for Day Shift and Night Shift roles at our Nelson Plant.

We are looking for fit, reliable workers to join our team, with experience cutting, separating and deboning meat into specific cuts and portions or butchering, cutting up and separating the carcass.

What’s in it for you?

  • Earn a guaranteed minimum of $29.38 per hour (hourly pay rate $28.25 + 4% allowance)
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week, usually 45 hours a week
  • Full time work hours, Monday to Friday with overtime opportunities in the peak of the season.
  • Up to 11 months of full time seasonal employment

Skills and experience required

  • Previous experience in the meat processing industry
  • Knife handling and sharpening skills
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Eligibility to work in New Zealand

Unskilled Jobs


Are you currently recruiting at Nelson?

Yes we are now recruiting for the Nelson plant seasonal roles for the new 2024/25 season. See Available Jobs above.

What are the hours for shifts at Nelson?

Shift start/finish times vary by department, dayshift generally 6am – 4pm and afternoon shift generally between 4pm – 2am.

Do you employ workers from outside New Zealand?

No we are currently not employing workers from outside New Zealand.

What is the closest city to Nelson?

The Alliance plant is located at Stoke, which is on the outskirts of Nelson city and on the way to Richmond. You can find accommodation in Nelson, Richmond, Motueka or in the smaller surrounding townships and rural areas.

Our people are our future

We are committed to investing in them, developing individuals and teams, and supporting a high-performance culture so that we remain an employer of choice and continue to deliver value to our farmer shareholders. If you want to be part of an organisation and industry that really matters – to our farmers, our global customers, the rural communities we support, and to our people – Alliance could be the place for you.