It appears many Kiwis are not interested in rural work.
The agricultural sector continues to struggle to attract workers they need to fill gaps created by ongoing closed borders.
Despite some exemptions, the process of getting people through the border has proven complicated and difficult.
However Rural Contractors New Zealand chief executive Roger Parton told Mike Hosking employing locals is not a straight forward solution.
He says most Kiwis don't appear to be interested in the remote and rural lifestyle.
"We continue to struggle getting staff who are consistently available for work, it's an ongoing issue for the industry."