Welcome to the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association Website.

Throughout the website you will find information about the organisations, information on membership benefits, history of the Association and much more.


If you have any questions or would like to become a member please contact us.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to unify the Shearing Contractors of New Zealand by providing relevant, timely, practical information that affects their businesses in a cost efficient way.

We aim to be a voice for the industry in appropriate arenas, advocating sensibly to governance bodies and assisting in relevant industry initiatives, industry training and utilizing our leverage as a body to the benefit of our members.


Covid-19 Documents

Please find below our Operating Procedures for Alert Level 2.

To achieve our mission we strive to:

  • Bring the Shearing Contractors of New Zealand together to create unity and understanding within our industry,
  • Negotiate and communicate with all entities that affect our business.
  • Keep our Members fully informed on all current issues that may benefit them.
  • Provide sound, practical, professional advice.
  • Maintain a network of contacts and mentors throughout New Zealand.
  • Enable each individual member participate in the benefits of a strong group of like minded employers

Watch Phil Holden on wool harvesting training interview on Sarah’s country


If you want to watch the entire show here is are the links to the full show and all of their past guest episodes:

WATCH ENTIRE SHOW: Watch on Sarah's Country
LISTEN TO ENTIRE SHOW: Listen on Sarah's Country

Kaiaka Wool Industry Training NZ

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$1.86m training boost for shearing industry

It’s been a tough year for wool, but finally there’s good news – the creation of a new pilot training programme and up to 150 jobs in shearing.

$1.86 million over two years has been committed to develop and deliver a sustainable, integrated training model for the shearing and wool handling industry.

The programme will use micro credentialling, ‘earn-as-you-learn’ on job training, and upskilling for up to 150 new shearers and 120 existing shearers.

It will target school leavers, unemployed and underemployed people, career changers and those in the industry who would like to learn new skills.

The new training arm, Kaiaka Wool Industry Training NZ, will initially include two pilot schemes in the Tairāwhiti/Hawke’s Bay and Otago/Southland areas, where it will also establish centres of excellence for expert training in shearing and wool handling.

Tahi Ngātahi will be part of the new integrated training package.

In the pic: NZ Shearing Contractors’ Association chief executive Phil Holden (left) and executive member Jamie McConachie (right) at the Invercargill launch with Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development.

NZSCA, Tahi Ngatāhi + Farmstrong


Tahi Ngātahi is an online training platform for everyone working in and around the woolshed.

Tahi Ngātahi is a new online learning platform that uses video clips to pass on skills and safety tips to farmers, shearing contractors and their employees so they can run a safe and productive wool harvest.

It’s a joint initiative between the NZ Shearing Contractors’ Association (NZSCA), Federated Farmers, Worksafe NZ and ACC.

Tahi Ngātahi is designed to make life better for woolshed workers, farmers and shearing contractors. All parts of our industry have come together, to create something that makes us all safer, our careers longer, and to help us look out for each other in the shed.

It makes health and safety training accessible, part of ‘business as usual’ and a team effort. Over 800 farmers, shearers and wool handlers have signed up since it was launched in 2018.