Bay of Plenty

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Bay of Plenty, rich in forestry, horticulture and food production

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Free careers advice

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan.

If you are exploring studying or training, or just want assistance in preparing your CV, book a session with an experienced career expert.

Sessions are available in Mt Maunganui and Rotorua Connected centres.


Every Thursday from 9.30am to 1.30pm, till Thursday 24 June


Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 9 Owens Place, Mt Maunganui

Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 1207 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua

Email or just walk in.

COVID-19 administration support

Bay of Plenty District Health Board is urgently seeking administrators to help drive the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you love a challenge, are resilient and available to start soon, this could be your next job.  

Positions available include full-time, part-time, fixed term and casual positions. Work is available in Tauranga, Whakatane and the wider Bay of Plenty region.

Some administration experience, a working knowledge of Excel and data entry skills are required. All applications are to be made online.

Apply now (external link)

Kiwifruit jobs available now

The kiwifruit season runs from March to June with plenty of jobs available throughout the Bay of Plenty. 

A variety of jobs are being recruited for during the kiwifruit season, including: pickers, packers, graders, stackers, strappers, forklift drivers and bin tip operators.

To find out more email

Calling all labourers

Labourers are needed for many areas on work, including flooring, landscaping, concrete placing and finishing.

These permanent full time roles are based in Tauriko, Tauranga. No experience is necessary.

To find out more call 0800 779 009 and quote Job ID 21478155.

Traffic controllers needed

The forestry industry needs traffic controllers for highway maintenance in the Rotorua area.

Applicants are required to have a Level 1 Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) qualification.

A Certificate of Approval (COA) is useful but not mandatory.

To apply, phone 0800 779 009 and quote Job ID 21461774.

More Bay of Plenty jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Find a Job is for anyone looking for work – you don’t have to be on a benefit. If you find a job you’re interested in, contact Work and Income to be put in touch with the employer.  

Visit Find a Job (external link)
Study and Training

Free courses

Toi Ohomai has over 60 fees-free courses funded by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

TTAF is open to anyone, regardless of age or previous qualifications, studying a targeted course or apprenticeship between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2022. 

The courses available at Toi Ohomai are from industries where there is strong demand from employers.

These courses are in industries including: construction, community support, electrical engineering, computing and IT, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and primary industries.

Find out more about fees-free study (external link)

Winter pruning training

The Kiwifruit industry is seeking people who want to be trained in winter pruning.

Applications for a free one-day taster course in winter pruning of kiwifruit vines are open now.

Courses will run in venues around the Bay of Plenty from Tuesday 22 June.

Participants will need to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to enrol in the course.

Training is managed by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers and funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Register now (external link)

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in the Bay of Plenty.

Click on the link below to find the field of study and type of qualification to interest you. Qualifications range from certificate level 1-3 to doctorates.

Find your course now (external link)

Business After 5

Business networking at Exceed.

Exceed has made AED units (defibrillator’s) more accessible to New Zealanders.

Join the team to learn how to use an AED unit and sponsor a defibrillator in your community.

Wednesday 5 May, 5.15pm – 7.00pm.

Exceed, Unit 9, 23 Tukorako Drive, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty.

Complimentary to Chamber Members.

Register here (external link)
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Building strong networks

Priority One, the economic development organisation for the Western Bay of Plenty, welcomes new members.

Priority One has built strong networks since its inception and has access to information and contacts that businesses need to succeed. 

Find out about membership (external link)

Seminars for business

Inland Revenue runs regular workshops in the Bay of Plenty to assistant employers and self-employed people to understand their obligations.

The workshops also provide further information on topics such as PAYE, GST, tax filing, which expenses you can claim, record-keeping and more.

Workshops are held regularly in Rotorua, Tauranga and Whakatane.

Find out more (external link)

Sole Parents’ Seminar

This is a free seminar for sole parents looking to return to work, study or training.

Connected is teaming up with the Tertiary Education Commission, Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development to provide free seminars in the Bay of Plenty for Sole Parents who are looking to explore their options.

Seminars are taking place on:

  • 22 April, 10am–11.30am; Connected centre, 24 Pyne Street, Whakatane

  • ­6 May, 10am–11.30am; Connected centre, 1207 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua

Email to register

Rotorua Careers Expo

Young people in Rotorua will be able to attend an expo to learn about potential careers.

The Rotorua Careers Expo is an opportunity for young people to explore career options and the education, training and employment pathways to get there.


Monday May 10, 10am-6pm

Tuesday May 11, 9am-2pm


Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive

Find out more from the event listing on Facebook. (external link)
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Events for young people

Young people will be able to learn about trades careers and meet employers at events held around the Bay of Plenty.

The Education to Employment programme enables young people to learn about the world of work through face-to-face and online events.

The events focus on sectors including construction and infrastructure, primary industries, engineering, social and community services, tourism, retail and hospitality, and the technology and creative sectors.   

Find upcoming events (external link)

Drop into your local Connected centre without an appointment to find out about how government agencies can help you find a job, training or business support.

Mount Maunganui

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
9 Owens Place
Mount Maunganui 3116


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Ground Floor
1207 Pukuatua Street
Rotorua 3010


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
24 Pyne Street
Whakatane 3120

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