Hawke's Bay

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Hawke’s Bay region, famous for its food, wine and relaxed lifestyle

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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.

Apple picking hydraladder

Find seasonal work

Seasonal work is starting now in Hawke's Bay.

Te Matau-a-Māui (Hawke's Bay) is famous for apples, kiwifruit, summerfruit (apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums) and wine. There are jobs thinning apples, picking and packing summerfruit, operating hydraladas or driving forklifts.

Seasonal horticulture work starts in October, and continues through to May. Apple orchards are looking for workers to start right now or you can express interest in a range of upcoming roles.

View jobs on Pick NZ (external site)

Find out more about seasonal work in Hawkes Bay (external site)

Are you keen for 6 months orchard work?

A local orchard is looking for reliable workers for thinning, tree training, planting and general orchard work.

Training will be provided.

You need to have your own reliable transport to get to and from work.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Are you of Pasifika descent and looking for mahi?

Tupu Aotearoa is a free programme that can help you towards a brighter future.

Their specialist Pasifika pathway coaches will support you with:

  • Career advice
  • Finding work
  • CV writing
  • Interview preparation
  • and more

This free service is available to you if you are:

  • of Pacific Island descent
  • not in school, study or mahi
  • 15 years or older NZ Citizen or a Permanent resident.

Click here to register (external site) and our Hawkes Bay coach will contact you.

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)

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)


Train for a Police career

Want a career with the Police but not sure how to get there? Nau mai haere mai!

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a uniquely Māori learning environment that offers more than 50 courses delivered here in Hawke's Bay and online. Subjects range from Māori language and Rongōa to money and business management.

There are scholarships available, and lots of free courses.

The Police Preparation course teaches you what to expect in the testing and recruitment process, including literacy, numeracy and fitness.

Check out the course and enrol (external link)

Literacy and numeracy support

Are you looking to gain some skills and tools to support you at work and home? Talk to YMCA Hastings about the 3 courses they are running at the moment for adult learners, and whether it's for you!

Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (Friday 9am-2pm)
If you're in work and want support.

Train for Work and Wellbeing (Monday - Friday 9am-1pm)
If you're looking for a first job, changing jobs, or getting back into it after a few years.

Y-Skills for Life (Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm)
Content based around your wants, from filling forms and getting online to budgeting and flatting.

Where: YMCA Hawke's Bay, 720 Pakowhai Road, Hastings

YMCA can support any citizens or residents 16+ years who are not enrolled elsewhere. Rolling intakes, sign up now!

For more information call 068783027 or education1@ymcahb.org.nz

Find out more (external link)

Get support to gain NCEAs

Do you want a safe, supportive learning environment to help you achieve your goals and get ahead?

Training organisation Achievement NZ offers Level 1-3 programmes focusing on hospitality, service industries, sport and fitness and career preparation.The programmes are open for enrolment at any time.

Achievement NZ's Hawke's Bay learning centre is at 37 Niven Street, Onekawa, Napier.

To find out more, phone 0800 905 509 or visit achievementnz.co.nz (external site)

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 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)

Boost Business Performance

'Lean' is a workshop and coaching programme lead by Callaghan Innovation and aims to support businesses in maintaining efficiency.

Attend the 1-day workshop on lean and connect with a Lean coach to support your business.

When: Thursday 4 November, 8.30am-4.30pm
Where: Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier

Ideal candidates for the Lean programme are medium to large-scale enterprises in manufacturing and services, or supply chain, and may be stalled by inefficiency or have low staff and customer engagement.

$65 per person

Find out more (external link)

Get your head around GST

If you're a sole trader, in a partnership or have any other type of small business, you could attend a free workshop to learn to complete a cashbook and GST return.

Inland Revenue's hands-on interactive GST workshop will cover:

  • what GST is, 
  • GST registration,
  • record-keeping - cash book,
  • basic adjustments,
  • GST filing (online and manual) and payment, and
  • online services.

When: Wednesday 25 November 2021, 10am

Where: Inland Revenue, 204 Hastings Street, Napier

Find out more and register (external link)

Complimentary Xero advice

Whether you are a newly started business owner, have a query on Xero, your tax returns or how to plan for your ongoing business success.

The doors are open every Wednesday from 9am - 11am for you to have a general conversation with one of the team.

No appointment needed, bring your own device -WiFi available.

Where: BDO, 86 Station Street, Napier

Boost your business by learning digital skills

If you are a small business owner or starting a new business, you could sign up for the free online courses run by Digital Boost.

Digital Boost offer courses to give you the digital skills you need to boost your business.

These courses will teach you:

  • how to use digital tools in your business to free up your time
  • how to market to your ideal customer using Facebook, Instagram, Google and YouTube
  • how to build your own website and increase customers through your website

To find out more, visit the digital boost website (external site)

Or sign up for their free courses (external site)

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Careers Coach coming to Heretaunga

Connected and Inzone Careers Coach are giving Hastings whānau the chance to check out careers, training and opportunities, including the defence force and tertiary study.

Learn more and map a pathway towards your dream career.

The Careers Coach is free for everyone and anyone, nau mai haere mai! Watch videos about different mahi and industries, find what you're interested in, and get it all sent to your phone when you leave!

Where: Albert Square, 100 Karamu Road South, Hastings

When: Tuesday 2 November, 9am-3pm

For more information email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

What's Inzone? (external link)

Do you have questions about study and student finance?

Preston from StudyLink will be in Hastings Connected every Thursday to kōrero about Fees Free, answer questions, and help you apply for Student Allowance and Loan.

Who its for: anyone with questions about study
Where: Hastings Connected, 506 Eastbourne Street West, Hastings
When: every Thursday (exact times may vary week to week, please email to confirm times for the week)
What's next: email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz for this weeks times or if you have any pātai

Te Urungi - Innovating Aotearoa

Do you have an interest in improving the sustainability and resilience of the arts, culture and heritage sector?

You could attend a weekend workshop with like minded creatives to fuel bold ideas that enable arts, culture and heritage to adapt and thrive.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage have developed an events series, Te Urungi - Innovating Aotearoa.

When: Friday 12th November to Sunday 14th November - time TBC.

Where: At alert level 2, this event will be online.

Registrations open Tuesday 26 October

Find out more and express your interest (external link)

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.

During level 2, all appointments are by phone.


This session can provide you with advice on:

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

Booking required

Napier Connected/MSD, 245-247 Tennyson Street, Napier

every Tuesday, or by phone


Flaxmere MSD Community Link, 8 Swansea Road, Flaxmere

every Wednesday, or by phone


Hastings Connected/MSD, 506 Eastbourne Street West, Hastings

every Thursday, or by phone


To make a time or find out more email hawkesbay@accomplish.net.nz or call 842 0901

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 covid19.govt.nz(external site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Hawke's Bay (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.

Napier Library (external site)

Hastings Library (external site)

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 business.govt.nz 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 

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
245 – 247 Tennyson Street
Napier 4110


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
506 Eastbourne Street West
Hastings 4122

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