Dozens of Kiwi businesses offer work to former Air New Zealand staff

The airline has cut thousands of jobs over the past few weeks.
The airline has cut thousands of jobs over the past few weeks. Photo credit: Getty/Newshub/Countdown

Air New Zealand has thanked the more than 30 New Zealand-based businesses that have made contact with the airline and its staff with potential jobs for those recently made redundant.

The airline has had to cut more than 3000 jobs as a result of COVID-19.

The job offers they've gotten range from working with consumer goods through to agriculture and healthcare roles. Air NZ says it's working hard to ensure its outgoing staff are aware of the roles and opportunities that best match their skill sets.

Air NZ's senior manager of talent acquisition Kate James says while COVID-19 has devastated the airline industry, it's had the opposite effect on other businesses which have had a surge in demand and need new staff, fast.

"There has been a large outpouring from Kiwi businesses wanting to help our people. These businesses know when they hire an Air New Zealander they hire a capable person, with highly tuned skills, exemplary customer focus and a special commitment to the future of New Zealand." 

The page on Air NZ's intranet where the available roles have been listed has been accessed more than 17,000 times over the past month, with the airline saying its human resources teams have been working to ensure outgoing staff are aware of opportunities that are a good fit.

Companies that have offered to work with Air NZ and its outgoing staff:

  • Countdown
  • The Ministry of Health
  • Foodstuffs
  • Rocket Lab
  • Bupa NZ
  • NZ Police
  • Suncorp New Zealand
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Auckland DHB
  • My Food Bag
  • OCS
  • Summerset
  • Ryman Healthcare
  • New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
  • AMP
  • Metlifecare
  • FIRST Security
  • Cardinal Logistics
  • Westpac
  • Fonterra
  • Downer
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Agility CIS
  • Tribe
  • Emergent
  • Korn Ferry
  • UBT New Zealand