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

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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.

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Call centre roles available

Permanent fulltime work is available answering calls for an alarm monitoring service.   

Shift start times range from 6am to 12am, but workers are particularly needed for evenings and weekdays.

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Meatworkers needed

A meatworks company has a variety of positions available now. 

Applicants should have a good level of fitness. Experience isn’t essential.

To find out more, email and write ‘Meatworks’ in the subject line.

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.

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.  

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Take a free community course

Discover the wide range of free courses offered in Palmerston North by Adult and Community Education (ACE).

ACE provides adults with community-based education, foundation skills and pathways into other learning opportunities.

A two-week course in Communication and Confidence in Work and in Life covers interview skills, stress management and employability. The courses starts on Wednesday 19 May.

Other upcoming courses in Palmerston North include: 

  • Introduction to Barista and Food Safety, starting on Tuesday 8 June
  • Logistics and Roading Basics, starting on Thursday 17 June
  • Introduction to Administration (computer skills), starting on Tuesday 29 June
Find out more and register (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.

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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

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.

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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

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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.

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Economic Development New Zealand Conference 2021

Attend a conference in Palmerston North to discuss some of the big questions of the day, including what regional and economic development will look like post-Covid.

The Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) conference will feature inspirational international and New Zealand speakers, as well as opportunities to network and celebrate.

The conference is a hybrid event, with international visitors Zooming in.

The event is designed for economic development professionals, local government representatives and officers, Chambers of Commerce, academics, researchers and policymakers.

When: Wednesday 26 May to Friday 28 May

Where: Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North

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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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