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

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Inzone Careers Coach in Whanganui

Come and visit the Inzone Careers Coach - Jump on one of the kiosks and find a wealth of information about different careers and the pathway to get there.

There will also be local course providers, MSD Brokers, AG Challenge, and more in attendance. Offering a number of engagements on the day as well as information about exciting career pathways for people of all ages.

When: Wednesday 15 June, 2:15pm - 4 pm

Where: War Memorial Hall Car Park, Watt Street

For more information: Contact

Free career advice

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan.

This free, one-on-one career advice and support includes:
  • Creating a personalised career plan
  • Exploring training and study options
  • Looking for job opportunities
  • Writing and updating CVs
  • Preparing for job interviews

Palmerston North

When: Monday, Wednesday or Thursday by appointment

Where: CV Magic, Unit 3, Northcote Office Park, 88 Grey Street

To book your session, email


When: Wednesday 10am - 3pm (Evenings available by appointment)

Where: via phone

To book your session, email

Ski field

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts employment opportunities

The ski season will be here before we know it, there are jobs available on Mt Ruapehu.

With the two ski areas to staff, the team are looking for reliable, guest focused and upbeat employees who understand what it means to trust one another and create a sense of belonging and connection.

The common attributes of all employees are the following:

  • A willingness to get on with others and deliver a unique, generous and caring welcome to all manuhiri (visitors)
  • A willingness to work in a team, to share your passion for the place with others
  • A professional attitude towards work embracing excellence in all that you do

As a large tourism operator, there are approximately 60 different job descriptions within the organisation ranging from permanent full time to seasonal positions.

The winter operating season typically runs from late June until mid October, with some seasons extending into November. A summer sightseeing and guiding operation is run between December and April. 

Jobs at Whakapapa (external site)

Jobs at Tūroa (external site)

Find out more and apply (external link)

Meat processing workers needed

A local Whanganui based Meat Processing Factory seeks Meat Processing Workers for various roles

Vacancies are available in following departments:

  • Boning Floor
  • Packing Floor
  • Yards
  • Grounds
  • Forklift
  • Engineering Manager
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Maintenance Fitter
  • Superivors and many more.

Applicants must pass a health check and have reliable transport to get to work. Minimum of 30 hours per week.

Find out more email

Kiwifruit pruners needed - Start today!

Start today pruning kiwifruit at an orchard in Mangmahu just out of Whanganui.

This employer offers courses to encourage employees a chance to grow and learn with the company.

To be successful you will need to be a hard worker, reliable, keen to learn, with a restricted or full driver licence and have reliable transport.

Shifts are Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm with scope for a 9am - 2pm shift, if there is enough interest.

Training will be provided. 

Online application form needs to be completed. If you are interested, apply today!

Register today (external link)

Process Production Workers

Kick start your career with Crusader Meats.

Crusader Meats NZ located in Bennydale is seeking processing workers for their slaughter floor and boning room.

All training is provided and no prior experience is necessary, although a good level of fitness is required.

The right candidate will be reliable and willing to learn, and also hold a driver licence and have access to their own transport.

Find out more and apply email

Begin a career in Forestry

Earn while you learn!

A local Taumarunui employer is looking for multiple Forestry Workers to join their hard-working team.

Roles are all-year round and duties include learning all aspects of forestry:

  • preparing and maintain the ground surrounding trees,
  • plant, prune and thin trees,
  • monitor and measure growth of trees, and
  • any other required tasks for the position.

No previous experience is required for the role. Full Training is provided.

Gain your level 1-4 forestry qualifications for free while working.

Email to apply

Mayors taskforce for jobs

Are you a young person living in rural New Zealand facing challenges entering into the work force?

Do these challenges include:

  • a lack of access to opportunities to grow your skills,
  • driver licencing competency and confidence, and
  • a general lack of access to employers?

If you are a young person currently not in education, employment or training, or due to the economic impacts of erhaps you have lost your recent employment due to the impacts of COVID-19 then we want to hear from you!

We offer mentoring, support and guidance while getting alongside employers to create opportunities for employment in the Ruapehu District.


Register your interest (external link)

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.

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)

Fees free passenger licence

Are you interested in driving as a career? Get your large passenger service licence today!

Do you enjoy meeting people? With the borders reopening, the tourism and transport sector are about to pick up, getting your P Endorsement is a great option. Take the first step towards driving as a career.

To be eligible you will need to have held your full class 1 drivers licence for 2 years, complete a medical certificate and provide an acceptable form of identification.

Enrolements are open now with five "fees free" spaces available.

Find out more and register: Te Awanui A Rua Trust on 07 895 3495 or email

Tech Week

Whanganui's own Tech Week starts on Monday 16 May.

Techweek is a nationwide series of events, showcasing and celebrating New Zealand innovation with some happening right here in Whanganui. We provide a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections to enhance our future world.

Techweek is a mix of live, virtual and hybrid events so there’s something to suit everyone.

Physical events will be carried out right across the country, while virtual events can be attended and enjoyed from anywhere in the world! 

What's happening in Whanganui (external link)

Heavy Vehicle training

An NZTA approved Class 2 truck licence course at Axiom Training will reduce the learner licence period.

A Class 2 licence allows you to drive a vehicle up to 18,000kgs or a vehicle with two axles.

This fees free course runs over 3 days and includes theory training, learner licence fees and a driver training practical assessment.

This course also includes:

  • a logbook unit standard (unless you can prove you have sat it with an NZTA approved provider within the last twelve months), and
  • the Class 2 unit standard (17574), which consists of both theory and practical.

Enrolments close Friday 25 March

For more details and to enrol today contact Te Awanui A Rua Trust on 07 895 3495 or

Chainsaw safety course

Gain skills for the primary sector.

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge of the rules and requirements to safely operate a chainsaw as part of wilding pines, pest control and other roles of employment in the primary sector where trees need to be safely removed.

Cost: Fees Free

When: Tuesday 29 March and Wednesday 30 March

For more information contact Te Awanui A Rua Trust on 07 895 3495 or email

Basic digital skills course

Kanorau Digital will help you to connect to the digital world and demystify the internet for you.

Learn how to send and check emails, use tools to create,organise and connect to the digital world, solve common problems using online resources, explore day to day tasks such as online shopping and banking and learn to stay safe when your online.

Programme delivery runs in 3hr long sessions to be arranged once 10 participants have signed up per group. The course is free of charge.

All chrome books, modems and wifi are provided for each session. Dont miss out, grab a friend and register your name today at

Choose your course

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)

Beginners Shearing

Interested in shearing? Join this course to learn some of the basics including health and safety.

This short course is designed to enhance specific work practice skills and the health and safety of people in rural workplaces.

You will learn practical aspects of shearing and wool handling including:
setting up for shearing,
wool handling and wool pressing,
first aid and health & safety in the workplace.

Register your interest in the up-coming round of training: call 07 895 3495 or email

Pest Control Operations

Are you passionate about growing Aotearoa's native wildlife population?

Learn the skills and knowledge required to carry out pest control. This is a full time 36 week course.

Express your interest now in the next enrolment round:. Phone 07 895 3495 or email

Fencing and tractor training

Learn installation and maintainenance of farm fences and tractors.

On this part time course you will learn about:
workplace risks,
personal wellbeing,
vehicle and merchandised equipment maintenance.

Learn to operate mowers, post hole borers, post hole drivers, tractor carriages. Install battens and apply fencing wire.

Expressions of interest are now open for the next enrolment round.

For more information or to register phone 07 895 3495 or email

First Aid Course

Get the skills and confidence necessary to cope with medical emergencies.

The full course is the OSH requirement in the New Zealand Workplace:
When: Wednesday 15 June and Wednesday 22 June
Where: Central King Country REAP Association rooms, 115 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui

To enrol in this course or to ask for more details- contact REAP at: or phone 07 896 8680

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Online course for Māori starting a business

Pakihi offers a free, online short course that enables whānau to realise their potential in business.

Whether you are a new business or have an idea you want to turn into reality this free, online course is for you.

This kaupapa Māori course is designed to help your business move forward, flourish and succeed.

Pakihi will provide you with new skills, a growth plan, mentoring and connections with other business support organisations and networking with other Māori businesses.

Next intake is in June, so sign up today.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Māori women's development

Māori Women’s Development Inc Supports wāhine Māori and their whānau in business.

Today Māori Women’s Development Inc is a unique, indigenous financial institution. Governed, managed and operated by Wāhine Māori, for the economic development of Wāhine Māori and their whānau.

MWDI provide micro-loans, business coaching & financial capability programmes. MWDI loans to Māori women and their whānau to enable and assist them to enter into and commence business and/or to expand and restructure their existing businesses.

Find out more (external link)

Inland Revenue webinars and presentations

Inland Revenue are offering a number of webinars and online presentations to develop your business understanding of taxes and your obligations.

Options include:

  • Employer obligations
  • GST Workshop
  • Introduction to business
Find out more and watch (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
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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