Find jobs, courses, business support and events in heartland New Zealand, the agriculturally-rich Manawatū-Whanganui region

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Data entry roles available

Support roles needed for COVID vaccine rollout.

Data entry administrators are needed to join the Whanganui District Health Board.  You will work alongside the vaccination team, assisting with the collection of data and entering information onto the Covid information register.

You will work as part of a travelling team  in a variety of different locations in the community.  One day could be on the Whangnaui River visiting a Marae and the next  looking out to the Ruapehu Maunga. 

These are short-term opportunities, however they could be used as a door opener to the health sector. 

If you, or anyone you know would like to take on this opportunity, please send a Cover letter and CV to: and in the subject line: WDHB Data entry roles, please forward to Jaime Rees. 

Hospitality in Whanganui

Looking for a fast-paced environment?

The hospitality industry is calling out for interested people who are willing to learn and have a can-do attitude.  Experience is not always essential but is a bonus. 

Call into Whanganui Work and Income service centre to talk to a work broker about these opportunities, or email and write ‘Work in the area!’ in the subject line.

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Civil construction roles

Civil construction isn’t just a job; it could also be your career.

The mighty Manawatū has opportunities for roles in machine operating, concreting, labouring and more.

Interested? Email your CV to and write ‘Civil’ in the subject line.

Palmerston North hospitality jobs

McDonald’s is looking for people to join its crew. 

Successful candidates may be able to gain qualifications and join a management development programme.

To find out more email: Write ‘McDonalds’ in the subject line.

More Manawatū-Whanganui 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)

Jobs on the land

Learn practical, hands-on skills for jobs in agriculture, apiculture (beekeeping) and horticulture.

Land Based Training offers courses in agriculture and apiculture in Palmerston North, and in horticulture in Marton.

If you need to gain foundation skills before starting study, Land Based Training’s KEY course in Palmerston North could help. Free transport is provided to and from class.

To find out more, email

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Trades training

Discover how training in a trade could set you on a new career path.

TradeUp is an employment placement provider that specialises in supporting people into fulltime, sustainable jobs in trades.

A representative can meet with you to discuss what you want to focus on and what skills you have.

TradeUp can create a training plan for you and match you with an employer to gain the experience you need in the industry and then find employment opportunities.

View TradeUp Jobs website (external link)

Choose your course now

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Manawatū-Whanganui

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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Supporting new and existing businesses

Whanganui & Partners has a range of ways to support businesses to launch, grow and relocate.

Whanganui & Partners is Whanganui’s economic development agency. Its work includes supporting new and existing businesses.

The agency’s team can help businesses with market research, business advice, consents and compliance, and more.

Find out more (external link)

Business After 5 with UCOL

Join a Business After 5 event to find out how Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, is taking shape.

Te Pūkenga chief executive Stephen Town has held executive positions for over 20 years in tertiary education, local government and transport.

This event is a chance to hear Stephen Town speak, ask questions and network.

The Business After 5 event will be held on Thursday April 22 from 5.30pm-7pm at UCOL Whanganui. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP before Tuesday 20 April.

Find out more (external link)

Women in business

Join a monthly networking event for businesswomen.

All women in business are welcome to attend a networking event in Palmerston North on Tuesday 27 April from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Guest speaker will be Katherine Gillespie, from coaching/facilitator business Growforte. 

Tickets cost $25. The event will be held at the Globe Theatre, 312 Main Street.

Register now (external link)

Starting a business workshop

Gain resources and practical tools to help start your business in a one-hour workshop run by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA).

The workshop will include:

  • an overview on market research, company structure, tax requirements and business planning
  • business model creation
  • a Q&A session with CEDA’s business growth advisors.

When: Wednesday 19 May, 12pm

Where: CEDA office, TSB Towers, level one, 1-19 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North

Register now (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.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Meredith House
Marae Street
Taumarunui 3920


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
153 St Hill Street
Whanganui 4500

Palmerston North

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
521 Main Street
Palmerston North 4410

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