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Ringa Paparahi

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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

$34K-$55K per year

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

$45K-$90K per year

Source: Maritime New Zealand, 2017.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a deckhand are average due to a reasonably high turnover of staff.
A deckhand sorts out the rope on a vessel

Deckhands work on all kinds of vessels including passenger ferrys

Last updated 4 April 2018