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.


Tahi Ngātahi (Tar-he Na-tar-he) is being developed by NZ Shearing Contractors Association and Federated Farmers with support from ACC and WorkSafe NZ.

Tahi Ngātahi provides online multimedia training to increase the industry’s productivity, quality (i.e. welfare of ewes) and safety (i.e. compliance).

Who is the training for?

Tahi Ngātahi has two learning modules. One will train farmers, shearing contractors, managers and supervisors. The other is designed to train shepherds, other farm staff, shearers, pressers, and wool handlers.

The first learning module is available at tahingatahi.co.nz. It was created to test the value of an online learning module for sheep farmers and shearing contractors. The prototype received a warm welcome at the 2017 World Shearing Championships.



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.


Message from Mark Robinson - Executive Officer

The Association is in a really interesting position at present and I’ve been impressed with the amount of progress made in various areas in recent times as well as the clear passion that people have for the industry. I believe membership of the Association offers outstanding value and a key role we have is to communicate the benefits of the membership along with bringing to life the recently developed strategic plan. This plan sets out goals of lifting the profile of the organisation, working hard to improve recruitment and retention rates of workers in the wool harvesting industry, improving opportunities around training and raising the bar on health and safety for everyone associated with the work we do. Lofty goals, and from my perspective a great time to be entering the organisation with so much enthusiasm to attack the challenges and opportunities we have.

For now I’m focusing on developing an action plan that comes out of the key goals from the strategic plan, continuing to gain some knowledge of ‘how things work’ in general, looking to see how I might be able to support executive committee members and lending a little bit of support to Tahi Ngatahi.

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

Latest Updates

1 April 2019

NZ Shearing Contractors' Association Conference & Annual General Meeting

Plans are well underway for this year's AGM/Conference being held in Christchurch.

  • The annual NZSCA Conference will be held on May 15 – 16 in Christchurch
  • The theme of the conference this year is the future as we try as prepare our membership for the challenges, opportunities and uncertainties of what lies ahead for our industry.
  • Many of our key note speakers and presenters will support this theme. Some include:
    • Renowned futurist, Dave Wild
    • Black Ferns 7’s Rugby Captain Sarah Hirini (nee Goss)
    • 2018 New Zealander of the Year,  Mike King
    • All Blacks Coach, Steve Hansen
    • A wide variety of industry speakers on topics such as health and safety, employment issues, animal welfare and labour shortages to name a few.
  • New to the Conference this year also is a complimentary Cocktail & Canapes evening to be held at Merino New Zealand’s brand new premises in central Christchurch.
  • NZSCA Member Tickets priced at only $335 per person (excl GST) - a 20%+ saving on last year.
  • Get in early to secure your tickets to this event.


15-16th May 2019


Distinction Hotel & Conference Centre

14 Cathedral Square

Christchurch Ph: 03 3777 000 




  • Have you signed the NZ Shearing Contractors Safety Charter? The Charter supports the NZSCA vision to support shearing professionals by building and driving capability and driving  excellence at all levels of the workforce.  We will work together to lead safe wool harvesting in New Zealand.  Be part of the team and click on the Safety Charter link at the top of this page.
  • Le Dorat Tour to World Champs 2019.  Click here for more details.  Tour being guided by Lorenne Te Kanawa of Hello World Te Kuiti.
  • Have you become a member of the Shearing Contractors' Association yet?  Are you struggling in your business with the changes to holiday pay, Employment Agreements and Health & Safety?  Perhaps it's time to get in touch.  Contact us here.
  • Public Liability Insurance including Directors and Officers Liability & Statutory Liability covers are included in your membership to the NZSCA.  What is Statutory Liability insurance and why is it required?  Click here for more information.
  • Industry specific Health & Safety workbook has been produced. Login Now for details.
  • Shearing Industry Best Practice Guidelines are available contact us
  • Shearing magazine archives available here
  • Quick Links

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