Find jobs, courses, business support and events in Taranaki, noted for its strengths in dairying, energy and engineering

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Summer work for university students

Silver Fern Farms have multiple meat processing positions available, that would be perfect for university students returning to Taranaki for the summer.

No experience? No problem, we will provide the training you need, plus your work clothes and safety gear.

Opportunities that are currently available include: 

  • Trainee Knife hands, Packers, General Labourers, Freezer Hands

Successful candidates will either be rostered on a day shift from 6:00am to 3:00pm or an afternoon/evening shift from 3:00pm to 1:00am. You’ll need to be physically fit, reliable and positive to fit into the South Taranaki team at Silver Fern.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Unique work opportunity up Taranaki Maunga - Construction and Cooks

There is a unique opportunity available for some full time and fixed term work for a construction project currently taking place on Mt Taranaki.

There are currently multiple positions available and these include construction labourers and cooks for the construction site on the Mountain. Due to the nature of the work and terrain, applicants will need to be physically fit, hard worker and able to work long hours as there will be plenty of walking.

Accommodation options are available on the mountain for the week in housing with bunks, or you can be brought in daily via choppers or 4WD and would need to get yourself to Egmont visitor centre each day. The work will be 7 days on and 4 day off roster.

Find out more (external link)

Factory workers wanted

A Bell Block based employer has mulitple positions available at their factory.

Positions available include Team Leaders, Line Leaders and also entry level positions for both batch operators, packers, processers, forklift drivers, loaders and more. Full-time and part-time workers are currently wanted and full training can be provided to successful candidates. Shifts are 4 days on and 4 days off and hours to be discussed.

For more information, contact a Work and Income work broker by emailing Taranaki_EC_NPY@msd.govt.nz

Cleaning positions available

Are you interested in full-time shift work?

An employer has various full-time cleaning positions available in New Plymouth and the Taranaki region. Duties include vacuuming, mopping, dusting, rubbish removal as well as cleaning communal areas such as offices, kitchens and toilets. The work is physical so you need to be reasonably fit.

If this type of work interests you, apply today.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Agricultural labouring

Would you be interested in an agricultural labouring position in the Ōakura area?  

There are multiple positions currently available, with flexible start dates. The main duties include planting and spraying on farmland. 

No previous experience is required, just a good attitude and physical fitness. You would need to travel to Ōakura each day.

The roles are typically for 30 hours a week, between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. You might be required to work some Saturday mornings.

There are also opportunities in Taranaki for general labourers in bricklaying and scaffolding.

To find out more, contact a Work and Income work broker by emailing Taranaki_EC_NPY@msd.govt.nz

More Taranaki 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)
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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

Literacy Aotearoa upcoming courses

Literacy Aotearoa in New Plymouth have a wide range of courses running this term with rolling intakes.

Whether you want to upskill in the digital world, better your literacy and numeracy skills, get help with sitting your learner license, learn about leading a healthy lifestyle of if you're already in employment and need a bit of help with your numeracy and literacy there is a course suitable for all! 

All classes are held at the Literacy Aotearoa campus, 89 Liardet Street, New Plymouth (Corner of Lemon and Liardet Street) The following courses are now open for people to join at any point: 

  • Digital Literacy: Mondays 10am-12pm or Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am
  • Literacy and Numeracy: Tuesdays 10am-12pm or Tuesday 1pm-3pm
  • Learner's License: Wednesdays 10am-12pm
  • Healthy lifestyles: Thursdays 10am-12pm
  • Workplace - Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy: Thursday 12-3pm
  • NCEA Support for extramural students: Thursday 12pm-3pm
  • New ONLINE Te Reo programmes:Tuesdays 9.30am - 1.30pm or Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am

To enquire email info.c5@literacy.org.nz or ring the office on (06) 759 4650. View more about Literacy Aotearoa here: www.literacy.org.nz

View more about Literacy Aotearoa (external link)

Police and defence force preparation course

Thinking of joining the police or defence force?

Join a free online programme through Literacy Aoateroa that is perfect for those wanting to join the police, defence force or anyone that needs to undertake psychometric tests.

The course is designed to help you develop:

  • Skills to tackle critical reasoning problems
  • Further maths skills aimed at psychometric tests
  • Your reading and writing skills
  • Work under pressure to complete tasks

When: Tuesday or Thursday evenings 6pm to 8.30pm.
Where: Online via video call.

These are free to all NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents. Courses are ongoing with rolling intakes.

Find out more and register

Improve your Te reo Maori for business

Join a 10-week series of workshops to learn some basic Te Reo Māori and Tikanga to be able to use in your own workplace. This course is perfect for anyone wanting to develop more in-depth competence in Te Reo and Tikanga.  

By joining these workshops you can expect to develop an understanding of:
• Māori language foundations

• Pronunciation and diction of the Taranaki dialect

• Taranaki customs, protocols and appropriate Tikanga

• Introductions and introductory phrases in Te Reo Māori

When: Tuesdays 12pm - 1pm from Tuesday 28 September
Where: Chamber House, Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, 42 Egmont Street, New Plymouth

For more information email info@witt.ac.nz or phone: 0800 WITT NZ

Introduction to computing and technology course

WITT has an upcoming introductory level computing and technology 101 course that covers basic computing, social media and interactions.

The introduction to computing course is available now until December 4th:

New Plymouth

When: Saturday 9am -12pm

Where: 20 Bell Street, Welbourn


When: Friday 9am – 12pm

Where: 40A Union Street, Hāwera

For more information, info@witt.ac.nz

Apply online (external link)

Choose your course

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

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)

Treaty of Waitangi 101 Course

Join the beginners-level course designed to introduce participants to the basics of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Delivered as two 3-hour workshops, these workshops will allow individuals to gain an understanding of the current treaty issues.

The course will cover:

  • Personal culture
  • New Zealand culture with some definitions of Māori and Pākeha cultures
  • Colonisation process and its effects
  • New Zealand history leading up to the treaty
  • What the treaty said – written and verbal
  • Post treaty breaches with a particular focus on Taranaki
  • Recovery from colonisation
  • Brief conversation about how this information might apply to your work and personal life

When: Thursday 11 November, 9am-12pm

Where:  Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, 42 Egmont Street, New Plymouth

Price: $45.00 (Chamber of commerce member), $59.00 (non-member)

Find out more and register (external link)

Beginner/Intermediate Excel course coming up

Are a self-taught user of excel? This course is the perfect opportunity to improve your excel skills and become a more proficient user.

You will learn skills that can be immediately applied to work you do every day in excel. You will become more confident with tables and the use of spreadsheets, regardless of the data you work with.

Skills you can expect to learn include:

  • workbooks/worksheets,
  • excel tables,
  • data validation lists,
  • conditional formatting,
  • and formulas.

When: Thursday 10 November, 9.30am - 11.30am

Where: Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, 42 Egmont Street
Cost: Chamber of Commerce Non-Member $165 (Member $138)

Bring your own laptop with full Microsoft Excel, version 2010 or higher.

Find out more and register (external link)

Mental Health and Safety awareness in the workplace

Migrant Connections Taranaki in conjunction with Citizen Advice Bureau New Plymouth are facilitating a free Mental Health and Safety Awareness workshop for the migrant community of New Plymouth.

This event is funded by Office of Ethnic Communities and Immigration New Zealand

When: Wednesday 18th November from 6.30 - 8.30pm
Where: Taranaki Community Law Meeting Room, 10 Devon Street East, New Plymouth.

Space are limited to 20, so register today.

For more information and to RSVP email mctnz@xtra.co.nz.

Introduction to business

Inland Revenue are offering free business seminars.

If you're starting a new business and want to understand business structures and learn more about what income tax and expenses can be claimed, come along to the next introduction to business seminar.

While New Zealand is at Alert Level 2, the New Plmouth in person Introduction to Business seminars are on-hold, however you are welcome to join the seminars online.

When: ongoing
Where: online webinars

Find out more (external link)

South Taranaki Employment Expo

Looking for a job? Pop along to the South Taranaki Employment Expo this November.

If you are a job seeker currently looking for work, this is the perfect opportunity to meet local businesses who have current and upcoming employment opportunities.

When: Wednesday 10 November, 12pm - 3pm

Where: Camberwell Lounge, TSB Hub, Hāwera

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Free careers advice in New Plymouth

Get free advice from a professional career advisor.

A career professional is available at New Plymouth Connected to help you make a personalised career plan, find work or training, and gain confidence in your decision-making.

Book ahead for a 30-minute appointment.

When: Every Wednesday, 9.30am-2.30pm. Every Thursday, 1pm-4pm

Where: New Plymouth Connected, Work and Income service centre, 160 Devon Street West.

To book, email Taranaki_EC_NPY@msd.govt.nz.

Explore WITT

Wondering about studying at the Western Institute of Technology (WITT), go and check out the open day.

A perfect chance to find out more about the wide range of study options, meet the WITT career advisor and chat to one of the friendly WITT tutors about courses that stand out to you.

There will also be campus tours, a food market, music, and family friendly activities to enjoy on the day.

When: Saturday 13 November, 9am – 3pm.

Where: WITT Campus, 20 Bell Street, New Plymouth

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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 Taranaki (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.

New Plymouth Library (external site)

Stratford 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)


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.

New Plymouth

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Dawson House
160 Devon Street West
New Plymouth 4310

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