Talley's Group

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Talley's Group Limited
Private company
Industry Fisheries, meatworks
Predecessor Talley's Fisheries Ltd[1]
Founded 1936
Founder Ivan Peter Talijancich[1]
Headquarters Motueka, New Zealand
Number of locations
31[2] (2016)
Subsidiaries AFFCO Holdings
Website Talley's Website

Talley's Group Limited is a privately owned, New Zealand-based agribusiness company that provides seafood, vegetable and dairy products.[1] Talley's was established in 1936 by Ivan Peter Talijancich (later known as Ivan Talley),[3] from modest beginnings in Motueka as a manufacturer of seafood, the Talley family business has grown into one of the most important agribusiness companies in New Zealand.[4]

The company's Port Motueka site incorporates the Group Head Office, the Seafood Division and the Dairy Division, the Vegetable Division began operations in 1978 at Motueka, but has since been relocated to Blenheim and Ashburton.[5] The meat division, AFFCO Holdings, has been majority-owned by Talley's since the early 2000s.[3]

In 2016 Talley's diversified into coal mining in a joint purchase with Bathurst Resources of former Solid Energy mines at Stockton, Rotowaro and Maramarua.[6]


The rusting hull of the Janie Seddon

The company's first fishing vessel was the Janie Seddon. Built in the United Kingdom in 1903, the Janie Seddon was one of two submarine minelaying vessels brought out from England to New Zealand that same year, the Janie Seddon was based in Wellington, with its twin, the Lady Roberts, based in Auckland. The Janie Seddon was used in port during World Wars I and II, and was also the examination vessel during World War II.

In 1936 the Janie Seddon was purchased by Talley's Fisheries, and was their first vessel, she is now a rusting hulk on the Motueka foreshore, near the headquarters of Talley's.[7]

The Vegetable Divisions site at Ashburton is one of the biggest commercial frozen vegetable plants in the southern hemisphere.

Industrial relations[edit]

Talley's has courted controversy for its approach to industrial relations and workplace safety,[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] and has lobbied for curbs on trade unions and the watering down of occupational safety legislation.[16] In 2015 Talley's locked out union members, the workers were allowed back to work five months later in 2016 when the lock-out was ruled illegal. Talley's was ordered to pay $144,000 to the Meat Workers Union for repeated breaches of union access rights.[17][18][19]


  1. ^ a b c "Our Heritage " Talleys". Talleys.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Our Locations " Talleys". Talleys.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Talleys makes play for Affco – Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Talley family wealth 'increased by $10m'". Stuff.co.nz. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2016 – via Stuff.co.nz. 
  5. ^ "Our Heritage " Talleys". Talleys.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bathurst Resources and Talley's buy three Solid Energy mines". Stuff. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Meatworkers punished over union material". Radio New Zealand. 11 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Meat worker gets over $10k compensation". Radio New Zealand. 13 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Charles Anderson (29 April 2015). "Talley's to pay $80,000 for death of crewman". Stuff.co.nz. 
  11. ^ Dita De Boni (19 June 2015). "Blaming staff won't end injuries". The New Zealand Herald. 
  12. ^ Tova O'Brien (15 June 2015). "Talley's pays worker $6000 over unsafe workplace". 3 News. 
  13. ^ Fiona Rotherham (4 August 2015). "Affco workers vote to strike as meat company first to apply under new bargaining laws". National Business Review. 
  14. ^ Talleys Fisheries Ltd v Lewis HC Auckland CIV 2005-485-1750 [2007 Archived 15 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine. NZHC 1845; (2007) 8 HRNZ 413; (2007) 4 NZELR 447 (14 June 2007)]
  15. ^ Danya Levy, Shane Cowlishaw and Sophie Speer (27 February 2012). "Talley's at centre of strike wave". Nelson Mail. 
  16. ^ "Submission by Talley's Group Ltd to the Health & Safety Reform Bill". Parliament.nz. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Meatworker lock-out ends". Stuff. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Union wins big victory over Talleys". Newstalk ZB. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Talley's ordered to pay $144,000 penalties to Union". Scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 

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