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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All our Connected centres are currently closed due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels. If you'd like to speak with someone, please call us on 0800 264 737. There will be no face to face drop-in sessions, appointments or events until further notice.

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Free career advice in Bay of Plenty

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan. These sessions are currently available via phone or video-conferencing.

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

Mt Maunganui

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Where: via phone conversation or zoom call
To book a session, email


When: Every Thursday 10am-1pm
Where: via phone or zoom call
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When: Every Thursday 10am-2pm
Where: via phone or zoom call
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Varied opportunities in Ōpōtiki District

If you’re interested in opportunities to work in the Ōpōtiki District, the Workforce Team at the Ōpōtiki District Council are showcasing lots of interesting job opportunities, along with information about industry training and support.

Current job opportunities include:

  • Kiwifruit packhouse jobs
  • Mussel openers
  • Truck drivers
  • Local government vacancies

New opportunities are added every week.

View job opportunities (external link)

Seasonal Jobs in the Bay of Plenty

Looking for a new seasonal job in New Zealand’s fruit and vegetable industries?

Pick NZ offer a range of Jobs in the horticultural industry and training is provided on the job. There are jobs for young, old, experienced and inexperienced people. All you need is your commitment and reliability – and to bring along your enthusiasm!

Winter pruning is underway for the kiwifruit industry along with repacking in the packhouses. The summer work season is just around the corner in the orchards.

The summer work season is a very busy time in the orchards. There are lots of positions available. Work will be available through to December and beyond.

Find out more (external link)

Employment in Construction, Western Bay of Plenty

The Ministry of Social Development has relationships with multiple employers in the construction sector.

There are a significant number of employment opportunities at present, roles include:

  • civil construction,
  • concrete construction,
  • drainage labouring,
  • general labouring,
  • railway maintenance,
  • commercial window cleaning (abseiling).

Many roles have immediate starts available. A number of these opportunities include professional training and a chance to obtain qualifications.

Register your expression of interest

Steel Construction Workers Needed – Taupo

Work on the new power station build and full training will be provided!

There are currently 15 positions available for steel construction general labourers who are reliable and hard-working, with an hourly rate of $22.50 per hour.

The ideal candidate will need to be physically fit due to the nature of the role, reliable and willing to learn.

Duties will range from general labouring duties as well as other tasks that may be required of you on the work site.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Blueberry pickers needed - Te Teko

Interested in working in horticulture?

Miro are looking for good pickers and harvest staff for their Te Teko orchards starting late September through to December 2021.

You must be prepared to work in a covid-safe environment (social distancing, good hygiene), be hard working, reliable, able to work harmoniously with others, have a good attitude and follow instructions.

Where: 418 & 471 Macdonald Rd, Te Teko, Bay of Plenty
Casual contract, now - December 2021. You will be paid: Minimum wage plus holiday pay and piece rate

Visit (external site) to learn about Miro or email for enquiries

Online recruitment is now open (external link)

Horticulture opportunities in Ōpōtiki

Keen to work outdoors this Spring and Summer? Want to learn something new and be apart of a team environment?

Thompson’s Horticulture Ltd has varied horticulture positions with flexible start dates from October.

For more information email

Apply today (external link)

Restaurant crew needed in Taupo

Customer service is the key focus as well as food preparation cleaning, stock control and completing general tasks as required. Gain new skills and meet great people.

There are approximately 40 positions available at McDonald's Taupo.
Full training is provided.

Find out more (external link)

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)

If you’re interested in conservation, you may be able to join a paid 12-week programme to give you a career pathway into the environment sector.

Cadets in the Bay Conservation Cadets – Tauira Mahi (BCC) programme are paid $22.10 an hour while receiving expert training in areas including pest and predator control, trapping and outcomes monitoring.

The next intake runs from 17 Jan 2022- 17 April 2022

Applications are now open. The closing date to apply is 22 November

Apply now (external link)

Learn at home

Did you know Kanorau Digital offers online self-paced learning you can do from home?

Kanorau Digital offers this online course at no cost to you, which should take 12-15 hours to complete.  Learn to:

  • Use online connection and communication tools such as Email, Drive, Documents and Calendar.
  • Learn keyboard shortcuts for improved effectiveness and productivity.
  • Evaluate the safety, security, and trustworthiness of online sites and information sources and interact online following digital tikanga.
  • Use digital skills, tools, and help features to effectively find information, and solve day-to-day problems.
  • Compare human and digital factors related to online security.

If you have access to a computer or laptop and are keen to learn.

Register today

Various study options in Whakatāne

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi offer a wide variety of subjects and programmes, ranging from certificates and undergraduate degrees to Master and Doctorate level.

You can study at the campus in Whakatāne, they also have sites in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), or at their marae-based learning centres.

Some programmes are also delivered at sites in other centres or remote access, according to community requirements.

Some local programmes & courses include:
• Te Pōkaitahi Reo - Level 1
This Level 1 programme will give you a basic understanding and awareness of te reo Māori to use among whānau, hapū, iwi and in the community and employment. It provides a pathway to develop skills and knowledge to protect, maintain and enrich mātauranga taonga tuku iho for current and future generations.
Duration: 20 weeks
Start dates tbc for 2022

• Bachelor of Health Science Māori Nursing
This nursing programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and New Zealand Qualifications Authority. It prepares students for registration as a nurse with a focus on primary health care and community development, but not to the exclusion of other areas of nursing and clinical health practice.
The programme prepares students to be competent as registered nurses, demonstrating ngākau māhaki, excellence, safety and confidence in their nursing practice, and emphasising reciprocity and the sharing of knowledge.
Duration: 40 weeks per year for three years
Start dates tbc for 2022

Find out more (external link)

Horticulture and Health and Safety training

Are you interested in the Horticulture industry?

Fruition Horticulture offer a selection of courses in Horticulture and Health and Safety. Some courses are fees free.

Find out more (external link)

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)

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)
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One hour of free business advice

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is offering new business owners, freelancers, sole traders and even social enterprises and not-for-profits access to one hour of free business advice.

Their business advisor can help you to understand how to get started, and what they need to be thinking about in the short and long term.

For more infomation on the support available and to book a consultation visit the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce (external site) website. 

Professional development for business owners

If you are small business owner you may be eligible for co-funding training through the Regional Business Partner Network.

Co-funded training will contribute 50% towards the fees of an eligible training course.

Find out more (external link)

Business start-up clinic

If you need help starting a business, attend a start-up clinic run by Rotorua Chamber of Commerce.

The clinic includes group and one-on-one sessions hosted by business coaches and tailored to your business needs.

Topics that can be covered include assessing the feasibilty of your idea, developing a cashflow forecast, building a business plan, understanding legal obligations and avoiding common pitfalls.

Find out more and register (external link)

Connected and Inzone Careers Coach

Connected have teamed up with Inzone to bring the careers coach bus to the Bay of Plenty.

Inside the Careers Coach, students have the opportunity to watch Inzone documentaries showcasing industries, educational institutions, and entrepreneurial New Zealanders.

Inzone’s high-tech Career Kiosks have an interactive touch screen which enables students to easily watch videos on a wide variety of careers.
After viewing videos of their choice, the user can decide if they would like to receive further information on that career.
An automated text message function is also available, which promptly responds to an information request with further information and website links.
The kiosk provides inspirational material for all ages with the opportunity to make informed and practical decisions on their career options.

The bus will be visiting the following two locations:

Inzone @ Connected Whakatane
When: Tuesday 9 November, 9am – 4pm – bookings essential, no walk-ins

Where: 24 Pyne Street

To RSVP your 30min spot on the careers coach, please email

Inzone @ Connected Mt Maunganui
When: Wednesday 17 November, 9am – 4pm – bookings essential, no walk-ins

Where: 9 Owens Place, Bayfair

To RSVP your 30min spot on the careers coach, please email

Find out more (external link)
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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)
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Help with food

Do you or your whānau need urgent help with food or other essential items? 

If you need food and other essential items, please take a look at the guidelines site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Bay of Plenty (external site)

Mental health and wellbeing support

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. 

Find some suggestions on how you can take care of yourself, those around you and where to reach out for help.

Mental Wellbeing Support

Family violence services

Family violence is violence or abuse of any type, perpetrated by one family member against another and it's not ok. 

Need help?

Find out more

Online learning, ebooks, audiobooks and more

District libraries have an extensive range of free digital media available anywhere with an internet connection, 24/7. 

Available options include:

  • Online learning - courses to do at your own pace
  • ebooks
  • audiobooks
  • online newspapers and magazines
  • and more

Check what is on offer from your local library.

Tauranga Library (external site)

Rotorua Library (external site)

Whakatane Library (external site)

Free Covid-19 business helpline

Are you a business owner and have questions or need support? Contact the helpline.

All New Zealand businesses, including sole traders, can get support and advice on:

  • government financial support, eg Wage Subsidy Scheme, Resurgence Support Payment
  • what different alert levels mean for your business
  • business continuity
  • finding free or subsidised expert help, eg a business mentor or advisor.

Employers can also get specific advice on people challenges, including staffing changes, employee wellness, and meeting your health and safety obligations.

North Island business helpline 0800 500 362 

What are your rights?

How do the alert level changes impact you as an employee, an employer or a business owner?

Employment New Zealand provides guidance on their website on Covid-19 Alert levels and the workplace (external site)

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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