Hamilton-based Timpack is always on the lookout for keen people interested in process work… processing, assembling and recycling the wooden pallets, crates and bins vital to New Zealand’s supply chain.

This is good, old-fashioned hard work using state-of-the-art equipment including robots, with entry level roles progressing to Machine Operation and Supervisor roles for those who have what it takes!

Timpack has a large range of different pallets and if they don’t have one that meets a customer’s needs, they can make one! Each pallet is built to a high standard to give peace of mind that customer goods will get to their destination intact and in good condition. Timpack are constantly trying to put themselves into the customers shoes. “What will you need and when will you need it? Thinking ahead always takes us to a good place.”

The FutureForce® team caught up with Timpack Processing Team Member Lorrice Nonu, Waikato-Tainui and former Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu student to find out more about her mahi…

To apply for an entry level role at Timpack, send your CV and brief cover letter (bullet points are fine) to [email protected] with “Timpack application” in the subject line.



processing team member

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A Chat with Lorrice about her role

Lorrice Nonu                                      Waikato-Tainui                                        Former Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu student
Processing Team Member

How did you first start working at Timpack, and what do you do?

My Dad works here and helped me apply for a job. I’m part of the processing team so I use robots, machinery and tools.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy a lot of things from turning on a machine to turning off a machine, to learning how to fix the machine when it breaks down and making sure that what we make goes out perfect so we’re making our customers happy! I’ve always been hands-on, so I enjoy fixing machines and taking the time to learn how to remove and replace parts of machinery. I didn’t expect this to be my first job, but I really enjoy it.

What kind of school subjects would be good for this kind of work?

I think English, Maths and Woodwork would be good to take if you’re working in an industry like Timpack.

What have you learnt on the job?

Teamwork – we don’t just work as individuals, we work in teams.

Being able to ask for help when needed. I think that a lot of young people in industries like this don’t realise that it is okay to ask for help.

What kind of person makes a good candidate for this type of work?

You need a “can-do” attitude and you’ve got to be passionate – you can’t give up on the first day you get hired and think “oh, it’s boring.” You need good communication skills and to be able to work with others, as well as be willing to support others.

What are your goals and ambitions for your future?

Getting qualified is the main one. Then I just want to continue growing and learning and see how far I can go.

What’s your advice for someone starting to think about their career?

That’s a tricky one! It’s a really good idea to try working part time while you’re still in school. But everyone is different so talk to friends and family, get lots of advice and try to build an understanding of how you want to do it.

What's your advice for someone beginning work in this industry or Timpack?

Be yourself! Ask lots of questions and work with your supervisor when you’re getting started. They’ll be able to show you around, talk through how things need to be done and go over things like time management and expectations.

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What’s a day on the job like at Timpack?


I work an eight-hour shift starting at 3pm making pallets. I have different jobs all the time like running the robot, making crates, running the CAPE machine… we’re not always on the same job so we get to learn to use all the different machines!


The “robot” is a machine that makes wooden pallets. I load the timber, set the machine and make sure everything is running smoothly. The robot nails the pallets together and stacks them. The CAPE machine runs pallets as well – we use this to make pallets for kiwifruit growers.


Then there’s the “floor” – so different stations and tables with two people making the pallets.


On the robot, my record is 200 pallets in eight hours. In two hours I would be making about 70 pallets!



  • Planing, cutting and bandsawing timber
  • Feeding and stacking timber manually or by machine
  • Identifying timber characteristics
  • Quality control
  • Assembling pallets, bins, crates and other products
  • Meeting productivity targets
  • Washing, recovering board and repairing pallets
  • CNC Machine Operation


  • Keen to work
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Team players
  • Reasonably fit
  • Health and safety conscious

Pallets are to business what air is to a diver. Everything rides on it. They carry your sales to market but if we get our part right, you’ll never even notice us. And we work very hard to be invisible. As a company we are always moving forward..”

For more information visit

> timpack.co.nz

To apply for an entry level role at Timpack, send your CV and brief cover letter (bullet points are fine) to [email protected] with “Timpack application” in the subject line.

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