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Do you have the muscle to process mussels?

Multiple positions are available in a mussel processing factory in Havelock. Could you be one of the next Graders, Machine Operators (Forklift Driver), Mussel Openers, Packers and Sanitation Cleaners?

Tasks and roles range from preparing Product, through to product quality, opening, packing, cleaning and operation of factory machinery.

No previous experience is needed as full training is provided with the exception of the Machine Operator (Forklift Driver) positions which require forklift licensing.

Candidates must be able to work with Shellfish.

Day and Night shift positions are available. Monday to Friday. Cleaning roles are night shift only – Tuesday – Saturday

Packhouse Grader (external site)

Forklift Driver (external site)

Production Line Packer (external site)

Mussel Shucker (external site)

Sanitation Worker (external site)

Food Processing Operators

A local fruit bar processing factory is looking for production and process operators.

You will play an active role in ensuring that the fruit bars are continually delivered at a high standard in an effective, quality focused and productive manner.

There are shifts available in both the wet room and the packing room.

Find out more (external link)

Mussel Openers

A seafood processing factory in Riverlands, Blenheim is looking for someone to work as a mussel opener.

This is a hands-on role that requires someone with an eye for detail and who is quality conscious. Experience in the food industry is an advantage but not essential as training will be provided.

This position is full-time, working day shifts (6am-2.30pm) and night shifts (3.45pm-12am) Monday to Friday with some Saturday work required. This position begins in September.

Apply now (external link)
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Tractor drivers wanted

Are you an experienced tractor driver?

Enjoy modern air-conditioned tractors while you're spraying vines at a local vineyard.

Hours are Monday-Friday 5am-11am. And a half day every other Saturday.

Find out more (external link)

Calling all chefs

Do you take pride in the quality of every dish you prepare and serve?

In these sought-after positions, you will be responsible for the preparation, cooking and serving of meals for a large volume of people, whilst ensuring the quality of every dish you serve.

You will need to be able to cook within budget, assist with ordering and menu development as well as ensuring the health and wellbeing of our customers through allergen and nutrition management.

Chef (external site)

Chef de cuisine (external site)

More Marlborough 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)

TeachNZ scholarships for career changers

Scholarships are now open to people who want to change careers and become a teacher and kaiako.

It will pay for their teaching course fees and provide an allowance of $30,000 per year, for up to three years. 

There are two scholarships available: 

  • Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in English medium early learning and schools
  • Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarships for people who plan to teach in Māori medium early learning and schools, or teach te reo Māori in English-medium secondary schools Priority applicants

While the scholarships are open to all career changers, priority will be given to applicants who:

  • plan to teach in Science, Technology, Engineering Maths, or te reo Māori.
  • plan to teach in early learning or secondary.
  • are Teacher’s aides, Kaiāwhina, Kaiārahi i te reo, or have a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)
  • are Māori, Pacific, or plan to teach in bilingual or immersion settings. 

If you know a career changer who may be interested in becoming a teacher, please share this information with them.  

Applications close 15 November 2021.

More information and application forms are available on these websites: 

Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship(external site) (external site)

Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship  (external site)

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Become financially skilled

Financing My Future is a programme run by Literacy Aotearoa that will help you become financially capable.

Learn about budgeting, banking, debt and how to set financial goals.

Classes are on every Tuesday during Term 4.

Learn more and enrol (external link)

Workplace literacy and numeracy

Learn to read a wider range of words and solve basic maths problems.

Literacy Aotearoa teaches literacy and numeracy for the workplace.

The course teaches students:

  • To read and understand a range of texts
  • To solve a wider range of math problems
  • To use strategies to estimate numbers
  • To understand simple fractions, decimals, percentages and conversions
  • Skills and language in a range of formal and informal settings

For more information email

Empowering Pacific people

Ministry for Pacific Peoples Tupu Aotearoa programme is a free programme for Pacific people wanting to move into work or study.

This course is for Pacific people aged 15+ who are not currently studying, training or working.
You will learn in a small group, with 1:1 and magafaoa/aiga, coaching and mentoring available also. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the programme.

Classes on every Thursday during Term 4.

To find out more email Literacy Aotearoa at 

Bachelor of Nursing now available in Marlborough

The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is offering a Bachelor of Nursing course at their Marlbourough campus for the first time starting in February 2022.

The nursing profession is a rewarding and challenging career pathway for those interested in helping others.

Students will gain the skills and experience you need for your career through combined theory, practice and clinical studies.

Where: NMIT Marborough Campus, 85 Budge Street 

Find out more (external link)

Get your Learners Licence

Learn the requirements to pass your drivers learner licence.

  • Skills to remember key information
  • Methods to obtain your licence
  • Strategies to be more confident with words, numbers and directions
  • How to complete the required application forms
  • Be comfortable with the process for driver licence registration

For more information: email

Free work readiness programme

Learn strategies and skills to help you be 'Work Ready'.

  • How to present yourself confidently in interviews
  • Your basic employment rights and responsbilities
  • Career planning
  • Work literacy
  • Job searching online vs traditional

Email Literacy Aotearoa to find out more

Careers in forestry

Plantation forests in Marlborough and other parts of New Zealand are expected to grow in value over the next 15 years, giving strong employment opportunities to qualified workers.

To get into the forestry industry, you could study forest operations or forestry management at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology.

There are also industry training courses for people who are already in the forestry industry and want to gain more skills, or for employers wanting to upskill their staff.

Find out more (external link)

Free winegrowing training

This industry-recognised programme focuses on gaining the introductory skills and experience needed to work in the viticulture industry with an emphasis on safe work practices.

Students will learn practical tasks to gain an entry-level role in the viticulture industry and skills and knowledge to contribute safely and effectively in the workplace.

This qualification complements NMIT’s New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3) and will give an understanding of the practices and skills involved in both viticulture and winemaking.

Apply now (external link)

Choose your course

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

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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Succeed in a multicultural world

This is an opportunity for managers to learn how to include national culture in their strategies for management of their staff and customers.

There has never been a greater need to remove cultural misunderstandings, tensions and conflicts.

When: Wednesday 17 November, 4pm
Where: Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Marborough Chamber of Commerce Level 1, 6/8 Scott Street, Blenheim
Cost: Free for members, $25 for non-members

Find out more (external link)

Getting to Grips with Google Workspace Tools

An overview of the most commonly used Google Workspace tools and will also give some ideas around transitioning and staff training.

The session will be as interactive as people want and the details will be agreed just prior to the event.

When: Wednesday 1 December, 9am
Where: Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Level 1, 6/8 Scott Street

Cost: $25 for non-members

Find out more and register (external link)

Kick Start Your Business Workshop

Kick Start workshops where you will receive advice to help you make informed decisions and make your business succeed.

You’ll come away with practical tools that you’ll be able to start working with right away.


  • how to write a business plan,
  • make informed decisions to prioritise your effort, and
  • track your success.

When: Wednesday 10 November, 9am - 1pm

Where: Business Trust Marlborough, Level 2, 3 Main Street

Register now to reserve your place and kick your business into high gear with Business Trust Marlborough subsidy for only $24.95.


Introduction to business seminar

Join IRD for their introduction to business seminar.

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

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

When: Thursday 11 November, 10 am

Where: NMIT, 85 Budge Street

Find out more and register (external link)

Learn more about GST

If you're a sole trader, in a partnership or have any other type of small business, you could attend a free workshop to learn to complete a cashbook and GST return.

Inland Revenue's hands-on interactive GST workshop will cover:

  • what GST is, 
  • GST registration,
  • record-keeping - cash book,
  • basic adjustments,
  • GST filing (online and manual) and payment, and
  • online services.

When: Thursday 11 November, 1.30 pm

Where: NMIT, 85 Budge Street

Find out more and register (external link)

Join the Chamber and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whitau Tuhono at the Marlborough launch of their new research on South Island business links with Asia.

Asia will have an increasingly significant impact on the South Island’s economic prosperity as the world emerges from COVID-19. 

This event will feature a short briefing on research outcomes by Asia New Zealand Foundation; facilitated discussion and Q&A with a panel of Asia-savvy experts; and networking with businesses with a similar trade and investment focus. Perfect for companies and organisations that connect with, or wish to build relationships with Asia in any aspect of their business.

When: Friday 29 October, 12pm - 1.30pm

Where: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, 65 Alfred Street, Blenheim

Find out more and register (external link)
Foodbank in COVID

Help with food

Do you or your whānau need urgent help with food or other essential items? 

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

To find a foodbank in Marlborough (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.

Blenheim Library (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.

South Island business helpline 0800 505 096

Help your business thrive through COVID

Webinar brought to you by Chamber of Commerce and Employsure.

Key topics covered will include:

  • COVID updates
  • Redundancies and stand downs
  • How to manage risks to mental health
  • Vaccinations and your workplace

Registrations are limited for this online webinar.

Register today

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
Riverview House
11 Alfred Street
Blenheim 7201

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