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Ringa Paparahi

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

Deckhands may take care of passengers and assist in the operation of vessels such as harbour ferries and charter boats, or cast and haul in nets, lines or pots, and process fish on inshore or deep-sea fishing vessels.


Deckhands with less experience or working on smaller vessels usually earn

$33K-$55K per year

Experienced deckhands or those working on deep-sea vessels usually earn

$45K-$90K per year

Source: International Maritime Institute of New Zealand.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a deckhand are average due to a reasonably high turnover of staff.
Paul Boyce standing in empty car deck

Deckhands work on all kinds of vessels including passenger ferrys

Last updated 12 June 2017