Our Services for Employers

Finding the right employees for your team

Greenstone Recruitment has been assisting employers with recruiting high-quality, reliable employees since 2006.  We work with you to understand the unique aspects of your business and select an employee that suits the characteristics and experience that you are looking for. If we can get the “fit” right then you are more likely going to have a positive long-term outcome.

Our recruiters have a wealth of experience helping New Zealand and overseas job seekers.  We work closely with our in-house immigration team to ensure a seamless process for overseas candidate visa requirements. We source candidates from countries such as the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and India.


We recruit for all sectors within the Agricultural industry and at all levels. Due to the large size of the dairy industry in New Zealand, this often tends to dominate job listings. However, we deal with all sectors and include specialist and non-generic positions and we are happy to discuss your specific requirements to see how we can find a solution.

Our dairy recruiters are dairy farmers themselves.  Our in-house expertise in dairy farming allows us to provide specialist recruitment advice for the positions of Dairy Farm Manager, Dairy Contract Milker, and Dairy Sharemilker roles.  We advise both the contract milker or sharemilker and the farm owner on appropriate wording for contracts and structuring of roles to maximize the likelihood of successful partnerships.

Our job is to understand your situation your farm goals, plans, and operating structures. We spend time with you to find out what your values are and what’s important to you.

With our industry knowledge, we then take that and source the most suitable candidates for you. We have found our process forms long-standing relationships where everyone can move forward successfully.

We also have access to a number of dairy trainees who are currently completing their level 2 national certificates in dairy and who will shortly be available to be placed on your farm.

Engineering & Trades

Our company specialises in recruiting skilled and registered tradesmen from various industries, such as fabricators, machinists, manufacturers, plumbers, electricians, welders, CNC operators, woodworkers, metalworkers, and mechanics.

We work with businesses in all trades industries to find the best local and migrant candidates for the role.

We complete full reference checks and industry skill testing on our candidates to ensure they meet   New Zealand industry requirements.

End-to-End recruitment process

Step 1: We will take a brief from you about your vacancy and business to understand your business culture and what specific skills and traits you are looking for.

Step 2: Discuss and sign the terms of business.

Step 3: Prepare and manage your approved advertising, on our Greenstone Recruitment website job board and other printed and social media as required. We help with wording to make your job stand out. We also have an active database of current job seekers across many sectors that may be suitable without the need for advertising.

Step 4: Pre-screening and reference checking

Step 5: Shortlisting candidates

Step 6: Organizing of interviews. For the interview, we will provide you with a complete candidate pack:

    • CV
    • Short introductory video or photos of the candidate (if based overseas)
    • Pre-employment declaration
    • Reference checks
    • Ministry of Justice checks as required.

Step 7: Preparing a letter of offer.

Step 8: Assisting with any questions about employment agreements and job descriptions.

Other:  Job Check (where required for overseas staff)

Immigration Advisory Service

In light of the growing compliance demands on employers who hire immigrant workers, a cohesive approach to immigration has become increasingly essential.

At Greenstone, our team of skilled Licensed Immigration Advisers can handle the accreditation process on your behalf. At Greenstone Immigration, we collaborate with businesses to ensure that their immigration processes are done accurately and professionally.

Our advisors work closely with you and your team to gain a thorough understanding of your organization’s structure, as well as your current and future staffing needs.

Our services offer an all-inclusive solution for the immigration process, which includes accreditation, continuous immigration consultation, and visa application management for your employees.

Click here for more information on our immigration services and our licensed advisers.

Obtaining an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) for a Filipino employee

An OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) is issued by the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration). This is managed by the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in New Zealand, which is based at the Philippines Embassy in Wellington. POLO is a branch of the Philippines government agency, the DMW (Department of Migrant Workers) and undertakes activities facilitating workers’ employment and promoting the welfare of Filipino workers in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

The OEC verifies that the applicant is a registered Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). It is valid for 60 days and allows the holder to exit the Philippines for work purposes. The OEC is valid for a single exit from the Philippines. Having an OEC also exempts the holder from travel tax and airport terminal fees, and the spouse and dependents pay reduced rates of travel tax.

The OEC process requires documentation from both the worker and the employer. The entire process can be daunting for most, as one needs to deal with different agencies for documentation and work in a foreign language.

Greenstone has an experienced Filipino team ready to help you, as well as a partner agency in the Philippines for support. We regularly work with employers on OEC applications and can provide indirect hire services for our recruitment clients. We can also manage the process for direct-hire clients if employers have hired 5 or fewer staff from the Philippines through the direct-hire process.

POLO verifications for employers and for Filipino employees

Before an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) can obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), it is necessary to undergo an Employment Contract Verification process.

This process guarantees that the OFW has a legitimate job and employer overseas and that the contract conditions comply with the minimum requirements of both the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the host government. It is a crucial step in fulfilling the initial requirements for an OEC.

The implementing guidelines on the Direct Hire Ban pursuant to POEA Memo 08-2018 state that, to qualify for an exemption:

  • the applicant worker must be a professional or highly skilled and the content and condition in the contract including the compensation package of the employer must be above standards.
  • the number of professionals and skilled workers hired for the first time by the employer shall not exceed the allowed number.
  • the employer should be the one to process and submit the documents to POLO. Should POLO decline the exemption, the documents will be sent back, and the employer must partner with a Philippine Recruitment Agency in the Philippines to be able to hire the applicant worker.

Greenstone can assist with POLO verifications for employers and for employees. We manage the entire process and make sure that all requirements by the Department of Migrant Workers are met. Please contact us to take care of the whole process for you.

“We would like to sincerely thank Greenstone for all the hard work, time and effort you put into our Recruitment this year. It was a very challenging time but you kept us on track with your advice, guidance and reassurance.  So a special thank you!  We appreciate everything you did for us.”

Heather & Fred Savage – Dairy Farm Owners