The Manufacturing workforce for Tairāwhiti currently sits at 1,935, which is the fourth largest sector by employee numbers.

Workers are estimated as being distributed across the following areas (top 5):

  • Factory Process Workers
  • Specialist Managers
  • Other Labourers
  • Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
  • Machine and Stationery Plant Operators.

The Manufacturing workforce [3] for Tairāwhiti is predicted to be 2,080 by the year 2028, making this sector the fourth largest employer in Tairāwhiti at 8.7% of the total workforce.

Manufacturing is assessed as having a significant skills shortage [4] in Tairāwhiti.

Between 2023‐2028, it is estimated that this sector will have 733 job openings. This estimate includes the number of people required to:

  • fill new job openings (145)
  • replace workers who move to another sector or retire (588).

In order to fill these job openings, the following forecasts indicate that the qualification requirements in Manufacturing will be:

  • Certificate (Level 1 to 3): 385
  • Certificate (Level 4): 145
  • Certificate (Level 5 to 6): 43
  • Degree (Level 7+): 156


[3] Manufacturing includes:

  • Food Product Manufacturing
  • Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
  • Textile, Leather, Clothing and Footwear Manufacturing
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Printing, Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing
  • Basic Chemical and Chemical Product Manufacturing
  • Polymer Product and Rubber Product Manufacturing
  • Non‐Metallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Primary Metal and Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing
  • Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Other Manufacturing

[4] Jobs in these industries make up a considerable number of all job openings in the region and demand is significantly higher than the national average.

Last updated: 20 June 2023