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

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Vineyard work in Tairāwhiti

Roles available in grapevine pruning and general vineyard duties that could lead into other positions.

Transport is provided and the hours are fulltime with weekend work available. Payrate is $21.60 including holiday pay.

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Orchard workers needed

Roles available for immediate start in Makauri/Makaraka to pick mandarins.

Experience is an advantage but not necessary for this role, and transport can also be arranged for suitable candidates.

6-day work weeks are available for those who are keen - Monday to Saturday.

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Lettuce pickers needed

If you enjoy working outdoors, are physically active and want to work with a vibrant team this could be the role for you.

A local employer is looking for lettuce harvesting crews, and the role could offer progression opportunities.

The roles are fulltime with winter hours of work: Mon- Friday 7.30am -4.00pm. Pay rate is $22.00per hour and free lunches are provided.

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Horticulture workers urgently needed

Working in a local nursery, the main tasks of these roles are kiwifruit, persimmon and grape pruning, blueberries weeding, citrus picking and other general orchard duties as required.

This is physically demanding so a good level of fitness is required and pervious experience would be an advantage but is not necessary.

Hourly Rate: $21.00 plus bonus and work hours are Monday – Friday 7.30-4pm and half day Saturday

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More Tairāwhiti 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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Comprehensive Food Safety course

Industry Training Solutions are running a Comprehensive Food Safety course.

Come along and learn about working with and managing the Food Control Plan.

This is a great course for supervisors and managers in any business that sells, serves or prepares food.

When: Tuesday 10 August, 9am-12.30pm
Address: TBC
Cost: $190.00 incl. GST

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Get started in forestry

The New Zealand Certificate in Forestry Industry Foundation Skills is a 22 week course that provides the skills you need to plant and tend forests.

You’ll learn about:

  • establishing pine forest plantations
  • understanding the use of agrichemicals
  • fertilising plantation trees
  • selecting plantation trees for commercial forestry operations
  • planting plantation trees
  • pruning plantation trees under supervision.

With this qualification you’ll be ready to apply for entry-level roles in commercial forestry operations.

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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. 

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Driver licence support

If you live in a rural area, you may be able to get help to gain your driver licence.  

Tairāwhiti REAP, a rural education provider, can help people living in rural areas to get their learner, restricted, full or specialist driver licence.

It can also help people to develop a plan to gain other driver licences.

For more information, email gisborne@tairawhitireap.org.nz or find Tairāwhiti REAP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/REAPTairawhiti/ (external site)

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.

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One day workshop, coaching programme

Are you interested to learn more about how Lean could benefit your business?

This programme will help:

  • identify customer value-adding activities
  • inefficiencies across your business
  • improve planning, staff engagement
  • customer value
  • inventory and production flow
  • create a continuous culture of improvement.

Eligible businesses have access to a Lean Coach to help implement Lean over a 12-month period.

When: Wednesday 10 November, 8.30am-4.30pm
Where: Trailways Hotel, 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Cost: $65 for one-day workshop

For more info, email lean@callaghaninnovation.govt.nz

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Instagram workshop for businesses

This free workshop for small business owners and not for profits will help you use Instagram to build an online presence.

The workshop will discuss features of the platform and how you can use them to reach new people as well as using algorithms to grow engagements.

Find out more and register (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. 

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Interested in a career in hospitality?

The Hospo Start seminar will give you valuable insight into a career in the hospitality industry as well as an understanding of the skills needed and further education options.

This practical, hands on session will cover career opportunities in the Tairawhiti region as well as various elements of a hospitality career including:

  • job requirements
  • essential work skills
  • industry training
  • food and safety certificate
  • Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

There's no need to book ahead.

When: Wednesday 11 August, 10am-12pm
Where: Work and Income service centre, 107 Lowe Street, Gisborne

For more information email sarah@restaurantnz.co.nz or come to the Gisborne Connected centre and pick up a brochure.

Road show coming to Ruatoria, Wharekahika and Te Araroa

A number of government agencies will be available to answer your questions and talk to you face to face.

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 17 August, 10am-12pm
Where: Te Puna Manaaki a Ruataupare, 141 Onepoto Road, Hicks Bay


When: Wednesday 18 August, 10am-1pm
Where: Hati Nati Café, 163 Waiomatatini Road, Ruatoria

Te Araroa

When: Tuesday 18 August, 1pm-3pm
Where: Information Centre, 26 Rata Street

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Free career advice

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: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, Tangata Rite Building, 106 Lowe Street, Gisborne

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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