Find jobs, courses, business support and events in subtropical Northland, one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing regions

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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.

Traffic controller

Traffic Control Positions available in Whangarei

NZ owned company is seeking 8 x Traffic Controllers to join them on a 6 month contract, for the busy season ahead.

Previous experience within this industry is desired, but not essential as training will be given.

Ideal candidates will be health and safety focused, self motivated, have a positive attitude, as well as being physically fit as you will be outdoors and standing for extended periods.

Pay rate varies depending on experience, with a starting rate of $21 up to $27 per hour, and the opportunity to go permanent for good workers.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Start your career in Civil Construction

A Close knit, supportive & Whanau orientated Civil Construction Company based in Whangarei is looking for Traffic Controllers to join their team.

Initially this work is a full time, 8 month contract with the possibility to go permanent for the right candidates. Starting rate is $20 per hour.

For this role you need to be physically fit, have a Restricted Drivers Licence minimum, be reliable and willing to learn, as well as being available for extended hours.

Full training will be given, so no previous experience is required.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Bay of Islands Orchard Work available

An Orchard based in Waipapa requires approximately 40 workers for the month of November to complete Kiwifruit flower picking.

This role is based outdoors, and you can work 6 to 7 days per week, earning $20 an hour plus bonuses depending on weight picked each hour. An opportunity to earn good money in a short space of time.

This is physical work, requiring you to reach up and carry some weight on you as you pick the flowers, so being physically fit is a must.

The work needs to be completed in a four week period.

If this interests you, please email:

Kumara Planters Required in Dargaville

50 positions available for the upcoming Kumara Season in Dargaville.

The role involves:

  • sorting,
  • selecting, and
  • establishing kumara beds.

You will need to be reliable and be available at short notice as this work is weather dependent.

These roles are physically demanding as a lot of lifting, bending and crouching is required.

Find out more and apply (external link)

More Northland 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)

Free Supported Learning Courses

Do you care for someone with learning or intellectual difficulties?

MSL Training Whangārei provides a great post-school option for students with learning or intellectual difficulties to go onto further studies or employment.

The programmes are perfect for students 16 years and over with low levels of education experience.

• Level 1 - Skills for living (Supported Learning) Develop skills in self-management and practical literacy and numeracy.  

• Level 2 - Foundation Skills (Supported Learning) Practice communication, working in diverse teams and problem solving. 

Taking enrolments now for February 2022. For more information contact Ashley Herewini on or phone 027 880 4166

Find out more (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)

Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship  (external site)

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 (external link)

Develop your potential

People Potential want to help you recognise your potential, lift your aspirations and enhance your education.

They have been in Te Tai Tokerau since 1994 and have campuses in Whangarei, Dargaville and Kaikohe.

Through their wide range of programmes available, from helping you to acheive the credits you need for NCEA through to a Level 6 IT Certification, and everything in between.

Courses and qualifications in foundation skills, team leadership and management, hospitality, tourism and retail, business administration, computing and IT, early childhood and adult teaching are available with flexible options. If you are working and can’t attend a full-time programme or are not close to one of their campuses, they are still able to offer you courses to suit, as well as driver licencing support and programmes.

Find out more and reach out (external link)

Free short courses with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa Whangarei are offering free short courses that are flexible and can be completed whenever you want.

Programmes for Term 3:

  • Digital Literacy: which can include anything for basic computing, security, emails, internet, devices (iphone, tablet, android) Microsoft applications and social media.
  • Drivers Education: NZ Learners Licence Theory, and NZ HT Class 2 Learners Theory
  • Work Ready Road to Employment: C.V, Career planning, Interview Skills, Job searching, word literacy, starting a new job, communication skills
  • Financing my Future: Future dreams, good credit vs bad credit. Money Manager, making it on your own, planning and budgeting.
  • Literacy and Numeracy upskilling: which can cover a wide range of Literacy and Numeracy modules.
  • Healthy lifestyles: A wellbeing based course

To register, contact Ashlee Wati - or via phone on 022 3271693

Digital technology for rangatahi

Are you aged 16-24 and interested in learning about graphic design, video content production, digital marketing, games development and other aspects of digital technology?

If so, join NGEN 2021, a fees-free 20-week course in Whangarei commencing in February 2022

The course prepares rangatahi for continued study or a pathway into internships or employment. All resources are provided.

If this sounds like you or a young person you know, email programme manager Hemi Ruka today

Choose your course

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

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)

Business kickstarter workshops in Whangarei

Are you an Entrepreneur, Sole Trader, new to business, developing a business idea or thinking of starting a business? Then these upcoming Kickstarter Workshops are for you.

Over the course of 5 weeks, you will be immersed in the expertise of specially selected facilitators who will guide you through topics designed to upskill and empower you to move forward.

When: Tuesdays from 5 October, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Where: The Orchard Business and Event Hub, Level One, 35 Walton Street

Find out more and register (external link)

Online Introduction to Business workshop

Are you thinking of starting a business? Join a free online introduction to business workshop with Inland Revenue.

In this free workshop, you’ll learn about business structures, income tax, expenses that can be claimed and more.

When: Tuesday 9 November, 7pm

Places are limited to 30, so register now.

Find out more and register (external link)

Introduction to business workshop

Are you thinking of starting a business? Join a free introduction to business workshop with Inland Revenue.

In this free workshop, you’ll learn about business structures, income tax, expenses that can be claimed and more.

When: Wednesday 17 November, 1pm
Where: 82 Bank Street, Whangarei

Places are limited, so register now.

Find out more and register (external link)
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Free career advice in Northland

Come along for a free one-to-one session with a career expert that can help you make a personalised career plan.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • studying or training
  • changing careers
  • preparing your CV and cover letter
  • job appplications.

When: Services are available across the week - you must book.
Where: Whangarei & Kaipara Connected Centre, 4 Albert Street, Whangarei or online, via Zoom

Make a booking with Muriel Willem, or call 027 633 4171

Where: Across all MSD Sites in Mid & Far North (Kawakawa, Kerikeri, Kaikohe & Kaitaia) as well as Dargaville or online, via Zoom
When: Services are available across the week - you must book.

Make a booking with Alysha Phillips, or call 022 564 3481

Free CV updating Service

Multicultural Whangarei are offering a free CV updating service.

Tell them about your career goals, and they will provide professional advice on how to update and improve your CV.

Simply email your CV to Bridget -

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 (external site)

To find a foodbank in Northland (external site)

Mental health and wellbeing support

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important.   

The (external site) website is filled with many great tips and links to services.

Alternatively, the Anglican Care Centre in Whangarei has Counsellors, Financial Mentors & Seniors Workers available during Alert Level 3 and 4.

To request these services, get in touch via phone on 09 457 6397 or find out more (external site)

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:

  • Lynda learning - online courses to do at your own pace
  • ebooks
  • audiobooks
  • online newspapers and magazines
  • and more

Check what is on offer from your local library.

Far North District Library (external site)

Whangarei District 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.

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
Keri Centre, 2 Fairway Drive
Kerikeri 0230


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Walton Plaza
4 Albert Street
Whangārei 0110

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