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

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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.


Busting Meat Industry Myths

Join TK Meats employees Kerehama & Sharday along with MSD Work Brokers and Employment Services manager for a virtual roadshow about the 'Perks at the Works'.

These roadshows will be online. Watch from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Kerehama says “I started with my school mates for holiday work and fell in love with the money, so I ended up staying on full time to pursue my career as a meat processor.”

Through this webinar, some myths will be busted and you will understand what it takes to work at the meatworks. There will be an opportunity to have your questions answered.

Attend on the day that suits you at 10am. Sessions available: Thursday 28 October, Friday 29 October, Wednesday 3 November, Thursday 4 November or Friday 5 November.

Register to attend:

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)

Summer Internshop Opportunity

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is looking for a dynamic and confident student who wants to gain experience and insight into working for Ngāti Tūwharetoa alongside the strategic initiatives team.

You will be:
• Currently engaged in a tertiary program of study.
• Are Looking to contribute to your whānau, marae, hapū and iwi.
• An excellent communicator and comfortable speaking to a broad range of audiences.

Applications close: Friday 5 November at 4pm

Find out more and apply (external link)

Civil construction workers needed

Are you interested in the Civil Construction Industry and living in or looking to relocate to Whanganui?

A Whanganui based family company is looking for motivated, reliable Labourers and operators to join their team.

These full-time positions are based around the Whanganui region. There may be times, you're required to stay out during the week, in these instances, all your accommodation and food will be provided.

Ideal candidates will need:

  • minimum restricted drivers' licence with the ability to gain full licence on being hired, and
  • be motivated and reliable

Vacancies available for:

  • STMS
  • Traffic Controllers
  • Class 2 - 4 Drivers
  • WTR Operators

If you are interested in any of the above roles, simply email to register your interest.

Food and Beverage Attendants

A reputable employer based at the Tongariro National Park is seeking 10 charismatic Food and Beverage Attendants to join their committed team.

The ideal candidates will have previous experience in a similar role and hold a valid driver licence.

You will be making coffee, providing a high standard of customer service to our guests and working in a team environment.

If you are passionate about the hospitality industry, we would love to hear from you!

The successful candidates may be provided accommodation.

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)

Meat Processing Work

A Te Kuiti based Meat Processing Factory seeks Meat Processing Workers for various roles.

Vacancies available in following departments:

  • Boning Floor,
  • Packing Floor,
  • Yards,
  • Grounds, and
  • Forklift.

Applicants must pass a health check and have reliable transport to get to work. Minimum of 30 hours per week; rostered 4 days on and 2 days off . Experience is preferred but full training is provided.

Find out more and Apply (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)

Pathway to hospitality careers

Gain essential food handling skills and unit standards to enter into the hospitality industry.

Te Awanui a Rua Charitable Trust and Brittains Life Long Choice's join together in offering this training, essential to food safety standards in the workplace.

When: Thursday 25 November and Friday 26 November

Where: 25 Manson Street Taumarunui

Cost: $350 GST incl.

To register email or phone 0800 429 2684

Find out more (external link)

Liquor Licence Training

Te Awanui A Rua are taking registrations now in preparation for the summer season of hospitality and tourism.

A qualification required to become a duty manager & legally manage the service of alcohol. being fully aware of your legal sale, supply and hosting responsibilities.

Training to be held at 25 Manson Street, Taumarunui in December 2021.

For more information or to register your interest, email

Free Scaffolding Training

Kiwi Can Do are currently looking for Trainees from Taumarunui that would be interested in a Scaffolding course in Wellington. Transport, accommodation, and meals will be included.

The Scaffolding course is 1 week in duration and the trainees will receive their Working at Heights ticket and Low Level Scaffolding ticket (as well as usual PPE, CV upgrade).

The course doesn’t include Site Safe but this could be an online add-on on a case by case if trainees gain employment requiring it.

If you hold a community services card, this programme is for you!

Complete the online referral (external link)

Train for a career in construction

Would you be interested in upskilling for a career in the construction industry? 

Kiwi Can Do has developed a range of courses to help Work and Income job seekers into a career in the civil and construction industry.

It offers courses in building, painting, scaffolding, gib fixing and stopping, and gaining a class 2 truck licence, along with wheels, tracks and rollers endorsements.

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

Pathway to agriculture careers

Take a free full-time course of up to 26 weeks to gain an agriculture qualification.

Te Awanui a Rua Charitable Trust in Taumarunui is running a programme for people interested in gaining a level 2 vocational pathway qualification in agriculture.

The programme is aimed at teaching basic farming knowledge and skills to students with little or no experience in agriculture. People who complete the programme will be ready to work as junior farm employees in the cattle, dairy or sheep industries, or go on to gain level 3 qualifications in the industry.

For details, email or contact 08004292684 or 0272408482.

Hands-on automotive training

Are you looking for your first step towards becoming a mechanic?

Endeavour Technical Training offer a free Pre-Apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering.

Endeavours main goal is to provide career opportunities for young people and adults through practical and carefully crafted experiential training programs.

You can enrol anytime as they have a rolling intake throughout the year.

Find out more (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)
Tax time

Introduction to business seminar

Join IRD for their introduction to business seminar.

Starting a business? Come to our free seminars to learn about:

  • working smarter with our online services
  • business structures
  • income tax
  • expenses you can claim
  • record keeping and more.

When: Tuesday 5 October, 9.30am

Where: Inland Revenue, 17 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North

Register today (external link)

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) (external site)

Or sign up for their free courses (external site)

Workplace Vaccination Seminar

We are committed to staying connected with our community through the current COVID-19 Alert Levels. The Ōtorohanga District Development Board continues to host a series of webinars to support our local businesses during this time

The next webinar is:‘Workplace Vaccinations’

This is an opportunity to learn more about workplace vaccinations from the panel of HR and Legal experts.

Topics include:

  • managing employee vaccination questions,
  • understanding legal obligations,
  • un-vaccinated employees and your options when health and safety is a concern,
  • vaccination mandating, and
  • how to adapt.

When: Friday 29 October, 9 am
Register: (external site) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Foodbank in COVID

Help with food

Do you or your whānau need urgent help with food? 

If you need food and other essential items, please take a look at the guidelines site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Manawatū-Whanganui (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.

Palmerston North Library  (external site) (Scroll down the page a little)

Whanganui Library (external site)

Ruapehu Libraries (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 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
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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