Block Manager – King Country

  • Rural Directions
  • King Country, New Zealand
  • May 11, 2022
Full time Drystock

Job Description


Waitaka Farming Partnership is a 2100ha effective, sheep and beef breeding and finishing operation based in the King Country.  This family-owned farming operation is running 20,000 stock units across four properties. It is well sub-divided with sustainable infrastructure. The farming operation is split into four blocks, each approximately 700ha effective, with separate Block Managers.

Our client is very passionate about the farming operation and takes a lot of pride in the business; they are community minded and encourage their staff to get involved in the community spirit.


As the Block Manager you will be responsible for the day-today operation of one 660 ha block. Wintering 450 Bulls, 100 Steers, 2000 Ewes, 1000 Hoggets, which are all grass fed. Key responsibilities for this role include stock work, animal health, and stock rotations, along with repairs and maintenance as required on this block.

As one of four Block Managers you will be part of an experienced team reporting directly to supportive Farm Owners. The wider team will work together for key seasonal tasks.

Waitaka Farming have great staff retention and they support career development by way of ITO courses or similar.


Along with relevant experience, a passion for the industry, and an interest in the continual development of the farming operation, the successful applicant will come with:

  • An excellent level of stockmanship and 3 – 4 well controlled dogs.
  • A good understanding of animal health.
  • Pasture management & Feed Budgeting experience.
  • General skills experience - basic R&M, fencing, tractor skills.
  • The ability to work individually and as part of the wider team for seasonal activities.
  • The ability to present a monthly written stock reconciliation.


As part of an attractive remuneration package there is a tidy, warm 3-bedroom cottage available on farm with deck around the house and simple, minimal easy-care garden.

Fishing and hunting is available at your backdoor and Marokopa beach is just 16km away. There is a good strong community and plenty of local events to keep you busy including sports days, dog trials and a gun club. Te Waitere Boat Club is a short drive away too.

We are moving fast with the recruitment for this exciting Block Manager role, so please apply today!


For further information on the role please visit (if the link doesn’t work please copy it into your web browser) or give the Rural Directions team a call on 06 871 0450 for a confidential chat (Ref# 887257).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Due to border restrictions, we may only be able to consider candidates currently residing in New Zealand with full work eligibility, or NZ citizens/residents returning home in 2022.