Hawke's Bay

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Wairoa careers expo

Connect with local employers and discover your future pathway.

Wairoa Young Achievers Trust and EIT Te Pūkenga are partnering to bring you the Career Pursuit, an interactive and fun event to connect with the opportunities available in Wairoa.

Come along and speak with local employers, training providers and meet the Connected team.

Get a job, start a course, find what sparks your interest and grow your potential.

When: Friday 20 May, 11am - 1pm
Where: Wairoa College, Lucknow Street, Wairoa

Free career advice in Hawke's Bay

Have a free one-to-one session with a career expert that can help you make a personalised career plan.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • studying or training
  • changing careers
  • preparing your CV and cover letter
  • applying for jobs

Appointments are available to all.

To make a time or find out more email hilary.scott-ker@accomplish.net.nz or call/text 0221099881

Port of Napier is hiring

Become proficient in Port Operations with training provided.

The Port of Napier are seeking hard working and committed people to join their team as Wharf Hands.

No qualifications are neccessary as on the job training will be provided.

If you have a restricted licence, are drug free and can carry out heavy lifting, this job may be for you.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Meat processing work

Training, work clothes and safety equipment provided.

Whakatu based company is looking for full time Seasonal Meat Workers to come on board. No previous experience is required for this role.

You ideally will be physically fit, flexible, and able to work night shifts Monday - Friday and the occasional weekends when required.

As a Company, Silver Fern Farms wants to look after their employees, so they have Weekly visits from a Nurse practitioner, Physio and a Councillor.

  • Day or afternoon shifts and Saturday shifts
  • Must pass a drug test
  • Criminal convictions on a case by case basis
  • Candidates need to provide proof of covid vaccination status (vaccine pass). Must’ve already had first jab, must have second before start date.
Find out more and apply (external link)

Interested in the security industry?

Security personnel are needed across the entire East Coast region.

The following roles are available:

  • Control Room Operators
  • Communications and Monitoring operators
  • Security Officers
  • Mobile Patrol Officers

New entrants and experienced personnel are needed, Certificate of Approval (COA) is not required as the employer will support people to gain it.

  • To be eligible for these roles you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a restricted licence
  • Pass a police check
  • Be physically fit
  • Able to work rostered shifts
  • Fully vaccinated

Does this sound like you?

Find out more (external link)

Keen on construction?

Connected has resources and support to help you into a construction career.

There are lots of jobs and careers in construction, whether you want to get stuck in and make money now or work towards a long term goal.

There are 3 main areas of construction:

  • Civil construction - building and maintaining public infrastructure like roads, bridges, dams and airports
  • Residential construction - where people sleep: family homes, boarding houses, hostels, and garages
  • Commercial construction - industrial facilities and factories, warehouses and offices

Who: Anyone interested in construction work in Hawke's Bay, from Waipukurau to Wairoa.

The team at your local Connected Centre will email you information and would love to have a Kōrero.

Email: connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

Looking for a job in the primary industries?

There are hundreds of jobs in the primary industries and Rural Retrain would love to place you into one.

Attend a free intro webinar about agriculture, followed by a 13-day live-in training and job placement within the primary industries.

  1. Complete the free 20-hour (4-half day) online webinar
  2. Invited trainees can move on to do the 13-day live-in training programme and become “job ready”
  3. Start the new job we help find for you
  4. Enjoy a rewarding career in the primary industries

No experience needed – just the right attitude!

Next webinar: Monday 23 May - Thursday 26 May, 8am - 12pm.

email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz if you'd like help or have questions.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Finished mahi in the orchard or packhouse?

Join the grape prune, work in vineyards until July or August.

Are you looking for mahi right now?
Do you like physical outside work?
No experience needed, just a great attitude and motivation!

Work and Income will provide help to find a job in viticulture or another industry, help with CVs, career advice and transport/licences

When: Wednesdays, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Where: Flaxmere MSD, 8 Swansea Road

For more info or to have a chat, email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz or visit Flaxmere MSD

Looking for a career in care?

Connected has resources and support to help you into a care career.

There are lots of jobs and careers in care, where you can earn money and make a difference in people's lives. Are you wondering about your next steps?

There are 6 different career pathways in care and support work:

  • Disability Support,
  • Home and Community,
  • Mental Health and Addictions,
  • Aged Care,
  • Social Services and Peer Support, and
  • Youth Work. 

Who: Anyone interested in care and support work in Hawke's Bay, from Waipukurau to Wairoa

The team at your local Connected Centre will email you information and would love to have a Kōrero.

Email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

More Hawke's Bay 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)

Accelerate through digital technology

Are you rangatahi Māori and Pasifika aged 17-24 years of age? You will learn problem solving, design thinking, and entrepreneurship skills.

PMP is a digital technology accelerator that uses design thinking methodologies, focusing on digital-tech solutions to solve community problems.
Rangatahi will come together to form teams from across Hawkes bay in a series of wānanga and online delivery, under the guidance of a Kaiarahi (Mentor).
Teams work together to narrow down a community problem to create a digital solution, to drive out into communities for positive impact. Our partners and industry leaders at Microsoft, Datacom, and Amazon Web Services work alongside rangatahi to create a prototype to then pitch to a range of judges and potential investors.

Programme Delivery:

  • 2 day Design Thinking Wānanga: Thursday 9 June - Friday 10 June
  • Ongoing online support
  • 3 day Accelerator and Show Case Wānanga: Tuesday 28 June – Thursday 30 June
  • PMP National Finals: Tuesday 20 September – Thursday 22 September

Learn more about PMP (external site)

Register your interest (external link)

Māia Wahine programme

Be inspired, encouraged and empowered to get the mahi that you want surrounded by like-minded women and supporters.

Do you want to meet new people, develop skills, or gain professional development and support?

During this 6-week programme, The Development Hub can support you with:

  • CV & cover letter
  • Employer relationships
  • Mental health support
  • Interveiw clothing
  • Transport support
  • Laptop while on the programme

Who it's for: Women

When: In-person courses usually run Monday to Friday 9am - 2pm, online courses are flexible

Where: 405 Holt Place, Hastings

Find out more and register email hello@thedevelopmenthub.nz or phone 0800 338 482

Check out The Development Hub (external link)

Mahi waka: Get your transport sorted

Want to get your drivers licence and help getting your own transport?

Mahi Waka is a programme run by Land Based Training to help you with transport to and from work and more.

You come with a job to start, they'll help you get there!

What you'll get:
-Transport to and from work for first 3 months
-Drivers licence, budgeting, saving and goal setting help
-Support with purchasing transport and pre-purchase checks

Who: Mahi Waka is a collaboration with MSD, eligibility may apply
Where: 240 Warren Street North, Hastings (supporting whānau across Hawke's Bay)
When: Available now, get in touch!

Contact tim@landbasedtraining.co.nz or 021750417 to get started or find out more

Free basic computer course

Grow your confidence online with a basic computer course at Literacy Aotearoa.

Gain skills with a course from Literacy Aotearoa, to boost your computer confidence.

This 10 week course can help you:

  • Turn on and use a computer
  • Send and receive emails
  • Use Google and other online tools
  • Gain confidence to navigate and be safe online

When: Wednesdays, 18 May - 20 July, 9.30am - 11.30am
Where: 18 Munro Street, Napier

Pre-enrolment along with your birth certificate or passport are required.

To enrol please phone 06 8355544 or 022 3763775 or email mgannaway.205@literacy.org.nz

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Hawke's Bay

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)

Support for Māori businesses

Tu Whakatipu is a business development programme helping Māori pakihi that have either been negatively impacted or experienced growth from COVID-19.

Māori-owned businesses that meet the criteria can apply for services and support up to the value of $10,000, tailored to their unique needs. $10000 to survive, thrive and grow.

Find out more (external link)

Does your business undertake manual processes?

Learn how to automate parts of your business.

There are some awesome options out there to help lighten the load using automation.

You could attend a session with Irene Bennetts from Admin Army. Irene will cover some key areas that will help your business get the most out of automation:

  • Why improve your systems?
  • Planning - how to get the most impact in your business
  • Automation options - the most common automation options

When: Wednesday 25 May, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Business Hub, 36 Bridge Street, Ahuriri

Tickets cost $30.00+GST for General Admission and $25+GSD for Hub Club members (Light lunch included)

Find out more and register (external link)

Start your business in 2022

Start by attending the Rebel Business School in May.

The Rebel Business School is a social impact organisation, focused on helping you start your business and get your ideas off the ground instantly!

Come along, spend 10 days learning:

  • How to start a business with no money
  • How to build a website for free
  • How to make money doing what you love


Week 1: Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June - online via live interactive Webinars.
Week 2: Monday 13 June - Friday 17 June - War Memorial Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier, 9.30am-2.30pm daily

Who: Preference will be given to those that live or work in Hawke's Bay
Cost: Limited free spaces on a no-fee basis thanks to our partner-funding.

Find out more and register (external link)

Hawke's Bay Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference

Wondering what supports are available for your business in Hawke's Bay?

The Hawke’s Bay Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference was brought to you by Connected.govt.nz and DigitalBoost.co.nz, to connect you with the business support and services available, to all industry sectors across the Hawke’s Bay region.

The recordings are available to view and share on the Digital Boost YouTube channel, a great resource for SMEs from Wairoa to Waipukurau to connect with support.

Watch here (external link)

Make an appointment to visit your local Connected centre to find out about how government agencies can help you find a job, training or business support.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
245 – 247 Tennyson Street
Napier 4110


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Please email to arrange an appointment or phone conversation
Alternatively, please visit our Napier Service Centre

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