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

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Heavy Truck Driver

A local Taumarunui employer is looking for two Class 4 truck drivers to join their team.

The role involves daily collection of rubbish and recycling from residential homes along set routes.
A full class 4 driver licence is required and ideally you’ll have 2 years’ experience. The days of work are Monday to Friday with the occasional weekend and hours are 30 hours plus per week.

Pay is $22 to $23 per hour

Applicants must have the ability to pass a drug test and police check.

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Meat Processing Workers

A local Te Kuiti based Meat Processing Factory needs workers for the chillers department, yard and slaughter floor.

This is physically demanding work so you will need to be fit, strong and able to stand for long periods of time. You will also need to handle both edible and inedible product, and livestock and be around offal and blood. You will need to pass a health and drug check and have reliable transport to get to work.

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Find factory work In Taumaranui

Casual factory processing roles are available in a water bottling company.

Trainees are needed to load pallets, prepare products, work on the production line, package products and do general cleaning.

Experience in operating a forklift and/or food handling certification would be an advantage but is not essential.

If you're interested, send your CV to

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Forestry careers

Jobs in the silviculture industry are available now.

Forestry labourers are needed to carry out work including low and high pruning, spraying, scrub cutting and planting.

If you are interested in the forestry industry and are able to be away from Whanganui during weekdays, this could be the opportunity for you.  Experience is preferred but training can be provided.

Send your CV to

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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.

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.

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.  

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Tractor Training

This 20hr training course provides the assessments needed to drive agricultural vehicles.

For anyone aged 16yrs and above, the course covers the legal requirements and occupational hazards associated with tractors, and how to check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement on flat terrain.

When: Wednesday 25 August - Thursday 26 August, 9am-3pm
Where: 25 Manson Street, Taumarunui

For details phone:07 895 3495 or email

Pathway to horticulture careers

This free course in land based sustainability practices is for anyone interested in the horticulture industry.

It will give you the ability to apply practical knowledge of sustainable practices to improve our environment. Whether it's planting for insect and bird retention or pest plants and pest operations, you will learn the skills needed for sustainable land management.

Course start's 26th July and ends 19th November 2021

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Manaaki Marae Catering Course

Enrolments are now open for UCOL's 19 week, NZQA, Level 3 programme that starts on 9 August and runs until 17 December.

The course is full time but runs over 3 days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am-3pm.

Where: Kauriki Marae, 2555 Taumarunui-Ngapuke Road, Ngapuke

For more details, email

NZQA Chainsaw Licencing

This 2 day training programme is for anyone aged 16 - 64.

You will gain the necessary theory and practical credits to operate a chainsaw.

This programme will be hosted on Wednesday 1 September - Thursday 2 September, 9am-3pm at 25 Manson Street.

For details Phone:07 895 3495 or email

Fees free health and fitness course

If you're thinking about a career in sport, fitness or health, or joining the police, army navy or airforce, the Active Careers course provides you with the skills to get fit, healthy and able to meet physically demanding roles.

As well as providing free gym membership, this course covers:

  • Personal fitness programmes
  • Nutrition
  • Improving literacy and numeracy

You will gain a level 2 NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills.

The 20 week course is available to anyone over the age of 16, and is run in Palmerston North and Whanganui.

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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 Taumaranui 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.

Get started in horticulture

Gain a level 3 certificate in horticulture with Te Awanui a Rua Charitable Trust in Taumaranui.

The programme is a free full-time course for up to 20 weeks to give graduates a theoretical knowledge of plants, nursery production, growing systems and environments as well as practical capability in a range of horticulture sectors.

For details, email or phone 0800 4292684 or 027 2408482

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Working with dangerous goods

If you have a class 1 full licence, you could attend a one-day course to discover the responsibilities people have when they handle dangerous goods and transport them by road.

The dangerous goods course is provided by Te Awanui a Rua Charitable Trust in Taumaranui.

For details, email at or phone 08004292684 or 0272408482

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.

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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.

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Introduction to business seminar

For anyone starting a business, this seminar provides essential tools and resources that will make it easier to manage your tax obligations.

Run by IRD, the seminar will cover:

  • business structures
  • income tax
  • expenses you can claim
  • record keeping and more.

Wi-Fi may be available at these presentations, so feel free to bring along your smart device or laptop.

When: Tuesday 3 August, 9.30am
Where: Inland Revenue, 17 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North

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Achieving social media success

This lunch and learn presentation from the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce will help to unravel the myriad options and opportunities of social media marketing.

Business owners and marketers will be taken through the 5-Steps to Social Media Success, to help focus your efforts and provide a map for your social media marketing.

Member $27.50
Non-member $32.50

When: 28 July, 12.15pm-1.30pm
Where: Level 7, Fitzherbert Rowe, Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North

Find out more and register (external link)
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Find out more about career paths

Talk to study providers, hear from industry professionals and have all your questions answered by the experts to help work out the next steps for you.

Career Talks @ UCOL is a one day expo that will bring together local employers and nation-wide study providers so you can get your career pathway sorted.

When: Wednesday 4 August, 9am-3pm
Where: UCOL Palmerson North, King Street, Palmerston North

Register now (external link)

Free Career Advice

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

If you are exploring studying or training, or want assistance to prepare your CV, book a session with an experienced career expert.

Palmerston North

When: Every Monday, 9am-4pm, and every Thursday, 10am-3pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 521 Main St, Palmerston North

To book, email

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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