Launch of Vanguard Celebrated in Style

On 19 December 2019 we launched our new vessel – Vanguard.

The name Vanguard describes a position at the forefront of new developments, ideas and innovation. It also evokes the idea of being a guardian protecting and respecting our oceans’ precious resources. These themes are aligned to Maclab’s values, achievements and aspirations.

It was a full day commencing in the early morning with the Maori blessing overseen by Archdeacon Harvey Ruru, and attended by Maclab Tasman crew, owners and senior management of Maclab and representatives from local iwi.
Throughout the day  the vessel was open for viewing, and later in the afternoon a formal ceremony was held at the Nelson Boathouse with guests including  MP’s Honourable Damien O’Connor and Dr Nick Smith, Tasman Mayor Tim King, representatives from the aquaculture industry, business partners and iwi.

The Maclab Christmas function was held afterwards and festivities went late into the evening.

It was an eventful day marking the start of a new and exciting chapter for MacLab.

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Smiles all round after Andrew and Jim Broadbent and Damien O’Connor crack a bottle of Pelorus Jack over the hull

Factory Work

Location: Nelson / Tasman

Job Type: Full Time

Duration: Permanent

Division: Factory

MacLab leads the way in the nutraceutical market. We use sustainable practices to farm mussels in the top of the South for processing into high value products at our modern factory in Tahunanui. Our culture provides a great place to work where our people are valued, work is enjoyable and rewarding. As we ramp up our operations, we are seeking enthusiastic people to join our team in our Nelson factory.

We’re Looking for People Who Are:

  • Keen to learn new skills;
  • Have a good level of physical fitness;
  • Reliable with good work ethics;
  • Team players with a positive attitude;
  • NZ resident or have a valid NZ work visa;


We operate 24/7 with 3 shifts per day and offer flexibility around days and hours worked. Both permanent / fixed term and full-time / part-time positions are available.

Why Work for Us?

  • Attractive remuneration;
  • Great working conditions with a focus on health and safety;
  • Excellent on-going training provided;
  • Variety of work within a friendly team;
  • Excellent career opportunity.


If you are keen to be a valued team member of a successful company, please submit your application online or email to with Factory Work as a reference.