Find jobs, courses, business support and events in Canterbury, home to New Zealand’s digital city and largest agricultural region

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Connected centres are only open for booked appointments, events and seminars.

We will be reopening for drop-in sessions at Covid-19 Alert Level 1. If you'd like to speak with someone, please call us on 0800 264 737.


Build a career in the meat industry

There are multiple positions available for labourers at the Alliance Smithfield plant, Timaru.

These roles are permanent for the season which will be for up to 11 months of the year.

You must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test, be physically fit, hardworking and reliable.

If successful, you will be working Monday to Friday, either evening or day shift. (Some saturday work may be available)

There is an opportunity to gain NZQA qualifications and have a long term career in the industry.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Work in the Health sector

South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) has many varied opportunities available.

Do you have skills in Administration or qualifications as a Health or Social practitioner? Join the South Canterbury District Health and enjoy lifestyle and work balance in beautiful South Canterbury.

Available opportunities include:

  • Receptionists
  • Appointment Booking Administrators
  • Physiotherapists
  • Midwives
  • Nurses (Enrolled or Registered)
  • And more


Find available opportunities (external link)

Summer retail assistants and more

Multiple opportunities for employment within one of NZ's largest Food Supply chains

Permanent & seasonal Recruitment for October/November 2021:  

With a variety of shifts and days available, this means there are opportunities to fit most schedules:

• Day shift team operates anywhere between the hours of 5am and 9pm

• Night shift team operates anywhere between the hours of 7pm and 6:30am

Roles are available in online assistant, checkouts, storeroom, night fill, deli, seafood, meat, produce and more

Recruitment team will be looking for people who:

• can attend the Assessment centres on either 28 or 29 October 

• consent to a MOJ check

• Have great availability for shifts and who are flexible

Find out more and apply (external link)

More Canterbury 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)

Ara Connect Hubs computing courses

Free and low-cost Computing courses in your community.

Ara Connect hubs throughout Christchurch and South Canterbury have courses free and low-cost computing courses in Christchurch, Papanui, Rangiora, Woolston and Timaru.

If you’re wanting to learn the basics of computers, digital devices and common programmes, check out a programme near you.

Find out more (external link)

TeachNZ scholarships for career changers

Scholarships are now open to people who want to change careers and become a teacher and kaiako.

It will pay for their teaching course fees and provide an allowance of $30,000 per year, for up to three years. 

There are two scholarships available: 

  • Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in English medium early learning and schools
  • Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in Māori medium early learning and schools, or teach te reo Māori in English-medium secondary schools Priority applicants

While the scholarships are open to all career changers, priority will be given to applicants who:

  • plan to teach in Science, Technology, Engineering Maths, or te reo Māori.
  • plan to teach in early learning or secondary.
  • are Teacher’s aides, Kaiāwhina, Kaiārahi i te reo, or have a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)
  • are Māori, Pacific, or plan to teach in bilingual or immersion settings. 

If you know a career changer who may be interested in becoming a teacher, please share this information with them.  

Applications close 15 November 2021.

More information and application forms are available on these websites: 

Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship(external site) (external site)

Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship  (external site)

Short courses with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa offers free courses to help you take charge of your life by improving your reading, writing and maths skills. 

The following courses are free for those aged over 16.

Driver Education - Covers learner Licence theory – no driving lessons

Basic Computing - Basic computer use, create and save a Word file, start to understand file management in a computer, web-based email: how to use it, safety and security online, creating a profile on social media.

Work Readiness - Create a CV, write a cover letter, interview skills, job seeking skills, time management, workplace communication, workplace health and safety, and more.

Literacy and Numeracy -How to read more confidently, improve spelling, solve a wider range of maths problems, understand fractions, decimals, percentages, and conversions. The material this class focuses on varies according to the needs of the learners.

Kiwi English - A class for English second language speakers – English with a focus on common Kiwi phrases and sayings.

For more information: please contact Rae on 337 5555 or text 022 469 1200

Find out more (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

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Canterbury.

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)

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan

Applications for the Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant can be accepted from Monday 6 September 2021 for eligible tourism businesses based in the Kaikoura and Mackenzie District.

Eligible tourism businesses can access funding towards expert advice and support in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • HR and employee relations and legal (e.g. contract law, legal requirements)
  • Financial and cash flow management (e.g. budgeting, forecasting, scenario planning)
  • Health and wellness (e.g. employee mental health and wellness, resilience building and stress management)
  • Business continuity planning (e.g. workforce planning, risk management)
  • Marketing strategy (e.g. digital marketing strategy, branding, digital advertising)
  • Digital enablement strategy (e.g. website development, automated booking)
  • Hibernation and exit advice (e.g. liquidation support)
  • Management capability development (e.g. training services to improve management capability within the business)
Find out more (external link)

Professional Cultural Training

Te Aitarakihi in collaboration with Kia Tika te Ara bring Ki Te Whai Ao, a three day intensive professional Development program to increase your Cultural awareness and competency.

Workshop topics include:

  • Building connection and understanding
  • Te Titiri o Waitangi
  • Impact of our NZ history
  • Basic reo Maori
  • Equity and critical consciousness
  • Cultural safety

When: Friday 5 November, Friday 12 November & Friday 26 November

Where: Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre, 50 Bridge Road, Timaru
Cost: $820 GST excl

To register or for more information please email:

Business breakfast with the Mayor - Timaru

Returning to the workplace after a medical event can be challenging.

Steve Wills, Timaru Deputy mayor will be sharing his personal experiences on the adversities and challenges of returning to the workplace after a major medical event. Steve is a Health and Safety Manager at Primeport and an ex police constable. He will focus on connectivity to employers and to view staff with a different lens

When: Thursday 11 November, 2021 7.30am-8.30am
Where: Starz restarurant at ARA, Timaru Campus

Find out more and register (external link)
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Online course for new businesses

If you're exploring self-employment, join a free online programme for people looking to start their own small business.

The course will provide practical, useful information to help you develop your idea into a business plan.

Developed by Enterprise North Canterbury, the training includes resources, advice, videos and useful links. It is accessible 24 hours a day and in bite-size chunks, so you can learn at your own pace and in your own time.

When: Online until Friday 31 December

Find out more and register (external link)

Introduction to Business

In this free online Webinar, Inland Revenue will provide you with an Introduction to Business.

The webinar will cover:

  • the different types of business structures and record keeping,
  • what expenses and depreciation you can claim, and how to claim these,
  • how income tax and provisional tax works for business.

As these webinars are pre-recorded, you can watch at any time.

Find out more and watch (external link)

Digital Boost Courses

Digital Boost is your doorway into the new age of business: one driven by digital technology.

Digital Boost is a free government support package to help you gain or improve digital skills, and explore new ways to do business.

3-5 minute video tutorials give you the full runddown on how to operate a business in todays world.

Find out more (external link)

Employer obligations

Looking to take on staff? Wondering what you need to do in relation to IRD?

In this webinar, Inland Revenue will cover:

  • who needs to register as an employer,
  • what information you need to record for new employees,
  • how to make deductions for employees and how to send these to IR,
  • other things you need to know about such as fringe benefit tax and ACC levies.
Watch now (external link)

GST Workshop

In this free webinar, Inland Revenue will provide you with information on GST.

This online seminar will cover:

  • who needs to register for GST and how to register,
  • what supplies are for GST purposes;
  • how to keep good records for GST, and what information an invoice needs to include,
  • what GST adjustments are and how to make them,
  • filing GST returns, and
  • ceasing GST when you no longer need to be registered.

Watch today (external link)

Women in Leadership

Are you a woman who is currently or an aspiring leader in your workplace?

Come to an evening where you will have the opportunity to network and hear a panel of inspiring guest speakers.

Be inspired by the Inspirational panel.

Guests will share their experiences and how they have overcome these challenges to succeed in their chosen career.

Liz Dawson - has been a trailblazer for women in business, sports management and governance.

Alice Nutall - is a manager and digital services professional at Deloitte Consulting in Christchurch.

Jenna Hollis - is a recent Ara ICT graduate with a passion for using her skills to provide tech-driven solutions for business.

Register online for this free event.

When: Wednesday 3 November, 5:30pm - 7pm
Where: Visions restaurant, Ara City campus, Christchurch

Find out more (external link)
Foodbank in COVID

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 Canterbury (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.

Christchurch Library (external site)

Hurunui District Library (external site)

Waimakariri Libraries (external site)

Selwyn Libraries (external site)

Ashburton Library (external site)

Timaru Libraries (external site)

Needing that extra bit of support?

Kaua e whakamā koutou, don't be shy people.

Asking for help is scary and the fear of asking can overshadow the needs of your family. Don't let that shyness take over the needs of your whānau who need the kai/food. Get amongst it and spread the word to other families who are needing that little bit extra to help their whānau fill their bellies. We are all in the same waka.

Etu Pasifika have activated their Welfare food support. Families who are needing this support please ring 0800 388 755.

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)

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.

South Island business helpline 0800 505 096

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.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
25 Shands Road
Christchurch 8042


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
154 Aldwins Road
Christchurch 8011


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
56 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 High Street
Rangiora 7400


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
14 Strathallan Street
Timaru 7910

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