Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the creative, innovative Tairāwhiti region, the food bowl of Aotearoa

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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.

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Seasonal nursery work in Matawhero

Work in the nursery in Matawhero through until the end of November with a possible extension through under end of December.

The orchard is an indoor/outdoor environment, where you will be responsible for:

  • general nursery plant maintenance,
  • grading plants,
  • training and taping,
  • watering,
  • bud rubbing,
  • pruning,
  • weeding,
  • plant bin movements,
  • dispatch,
  • grading and packing plants.

Shifts are full-time Monday to Friday with a packed lunch provided Tuesday to Friday.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Fast food customer service

Do you want to deliver customers with a fantastic fast food experience?

Full training provided with an excellent career pathway for professional development.

Morning Shift positions available at McDonalds in Gisborne. Morning shift between 8.00am -2.00pm with a flexible arrangement to work anywhere from 10-40 hour per week.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Help deliver some Christmas cheer

Become a NZ Post Elf. 

NZ Post is looking to fill a variety of roles in the busy lead up to Christmas.

Could you be a:

  • Processing officer, making sure the parcels and post are correctly sorted, by machine or manually
  • Delivery agent, out rain, hail or shine making sure the deliveries get to their recipients
  • Courier driver, working alongside one of NZ Posts existing courier contractors to deliver Christmas.

Christmas needs you (external link)

Seasonal work - Bud thinning

A local Orchard is on the lookout for Kiwifruit Bud Thinners to join their team

These positions are Monday to Friday for two to three weeks during the busy season.

No experience bud thining is necessary, full training will be provided.

To be successful you must be physically fit, reliable, hardworking and have reliable transport to get to and from work.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Motel room attendants

Do you appreciate a well made bed and a clean bathroom?   

A local motelier is looking to recruit staff to help maintain the cleanliness of rooms and public areas within the motel.

These are part-time roles with a minimum of 15 hours per week and a potential to increase over the summer months.   

The ideal person will have:

  • experience,
  • excellent communication, and
  • time management.

You must be fit, have a knowledge of health and safety, and be flexible to work weekends and through the Christmas holidays.

Find out more and apply (external link)

More Tairāwhiti jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Find local vineyard work, port work and more.

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)
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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

Get your restricted licence

Do you have your learners licence and limited resources to progress on to your restricted licence?

Nga Ara Pai Community Driver Mentor Programme wants you to get your restricted licence. 

Through offering driving lessons for young drivers over a ten week period in an automatic car, your mentors will help you be ready to pass your test.

Cost $137 to sit your restricted licence.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Literacy Aotearoa - Programmes for term 4

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

Programmes for Term 4:

• 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,  starting 19 October and NZ HT Class 2 Learners Theory

• Literacy and Numeracy upskilling: which can cover a wide range of Literacy and Numeracy modules.

• Basic Te Reo: You will learn your pepeha (who are you?), waiata (song) , karakia (prayers)

• Workplace literacy & numeracy upskill : anything you need to help you with work ie  driver licences, writing, numeracy

• workbooks, communication etc 

Find out more and register (external link)

Study for free

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a uniquely Māori learning environment that offers more than 50 courses – and over 20 of them are in Gisborne.  

Most of the courses are fees-free, and there are scholarships available.

Police, forestry and sports courses are starting soon. 

Find out more (external link)

Choose your course

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

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)

Find COVID-19 support

Do you need support to help your business cope with the challenges caused by COVID-19?

Trust Tairāwhiti’s Takihoko Business team is part of the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP).

It has specialist business advisors available to support local business as the impact of COVID-19 is increasingly felt in our region.

Support available can include help with HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity planning, finance and cashflow management, and business mentoring. 

Find out more (external link)
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Rural support road show

A number of government agencies will be available to answer your questions and talk to you face to face at Wharekahika, Ruatoria and Te Araroa.

Come and talk to Connected's Gisborne Employment Liason Advisor about available assistance for work, study, training or business support.

Inland Revenue can discuss business tax, IRD numbers, working for families, or child support.

Other agencies include: Gisborne District Council, Maori Land Court, the Electoral Commission and Tairawhiti REAP


When: Tuesday 16 November 10am – 12pm
Where: Te Puna Manaaki a Ruataupare, 141 Onepoto Road, Hicks Bay


when: Wednesday 17 November 10am -1pm
Where: Hati Nati Café, 163 Waiomatatini Road, Ruatoria

Te Araroa

When: Tuesday 16 November 1pm - 3pm
Where: Information Centre, 26 Rata Street

Find out more (external link)

Free career advice in Gisborne

Get free career advice from an expert to help you gain confidence, make a plan and take your next steps into work or training.

Discuss your short and long-term career goals with a professional career advisor who can help you create your CV and cover letters. You'll also identify your transferrable skills and find out how you can use them in a new job or training.

When: Every Monday and Tuesday, 9am-3pm 
Where: All appointments are currently via phone (Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, Tangata Rite Building, 106 Lowe Street, Gisborne)

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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 covid19.govt.nz(external site) (external site)

To find a foodbank in Tairāwhiti (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

Gisborne 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 business.govt.nz 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
Tangata Rite Building
106 Lowe Street
Gisborne 4010

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