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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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Support for refugees

Are you from a refugee background and seeking employment?

NZ Red Cross pathways to employment programme helps former refugees plan employment, education, training and career goals to ultimately find work.

Red Cross staff can also support you and your employer when you start work.

Drop into Connected to talk to one of the Red Cross team.

When: Every Tuesday, 10am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

Health support workers wanted now

Would you like a job where you can make a genuine difference in people's lives?

Community and disability support providers and rest homes throughout Wairarapa are looking for kind, caring, capable and reliable staff.

There is a range of jobs available, with workplace-assessed, pay progressive NZQA qualifications. 

You could be working in someone's home, a community-based group home, a residential facility or a rest home.  Job tasks are varied and interesting and may include:

  • community outings
  • assistance with dressing and/or mobility
  • personal caring
  • household management. 

To find out more or apply, email gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Work in a timbermill

Full-time roles are available in a timber processing/manufacturing plant.

Staff benefits include discounted firewood, national qualifications training, social club, long service pay and a superannuation scheme.

The jobs involve working a 5-day rotational shift (6am-2.30pm, 2pm-10.30pm, 10pm - 6.30am) or a 4-day shift (5am-3.30pm).

Day shifts or night shifts only may be available in the 5-day shift.

To find out more or apply, email gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Calling all labourers

Labourers are needed for scaffolding, labouring and construction work. 

Workers will be required to erect and dismantle scaffolds, learn the concrete trade, or be hammer hands or builder’s labourers.

Applicants must have a minimum restricted driver’s licence.

For more information, email wellington_employment_centre@msd.govt.nz

Waikato Tainui and Ministry for the Environment Internship

Waikato Tainui together with the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) are offering a partnership internship this summer for a registered Waikato Tainui tribal member.

Based in Wellington. The internship is open to applications from tauira currently in their 2nd or 3rd year of study as well as recent graduates who have a genuine interest in the environment.

There is no specific course of study being looked for, just that you are studing for a university degree and have a passion for our taiao (environment).

If you are registered Waikato Tainui and interested, please contact us at recruitment@tainui.co.nz.

Find seasonal work

Hundreds of seasonal jobs are available in the Wairarapa right now.

For many seasonal jobs, skills and experiences aren’t necessary.

If you want to take up seasonal horticulture or viticulture work lasting for six weeks or more and need support, you may be able to access help through the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme.

To find out more about seasonal work in the Wairarapa and about the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme, email gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz

More Wellington 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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Free shearing short course

Learn the skills required to enter the industry with the two-week Shearing Short Course.

There is a massive demand for labourers in the New Zealand shearing industry.

This programme provides practical aspects of shearing, wool handling and pressing, first aid and health.

The course is free and includes accommodation and meals.

Monday 18 October - Friday 29 October
Monday 1 November - Friday 12 November
Monday 6 December - Friday 17 December

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

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

Free fencing short course

The regional fencing industry is looking for fencers. Get the core skills and knowledge required with the three week Fencing short course.

This programme provides practical aspects of fencing, fencing design, fencing tools, fence specifications and pricing.

This programme, including accommodation for the 18 nights, is entirely free, and there are also free meals included Monday-Friday. On the weekend participants can return home or stay on-site for free, though you will need to self-cater.

Monday 1 November - Friday 19 November

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

Get started in agricultural contracting

There is a huge demand for contractors in the agricultral sector.

This six-week course will help you to learn about what's involved in ag contracting and get your work-ready.

During the 6 week course, you'll get a good understanding of the range of work contracting involves, and build your skills in driving farm machinery, basic mechanics, and farm health and safety.

The course is free and includes accommodation and meals.

When: Monday 15 November - Friday 10 December

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

Free advanced contracting course

Are you a tractor driver looking to take your driving skills to the next level?

This course is designed for tractor drivers to help you advance onto the more technical machinery and equipment used in Ag contracting today.

Learn to operate a baler and specialised planting equipment.

The course is free and includes accommodation and meals.

When: Monday 1 November - Friday 5 November

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

Take a business computing course

Are you looking for work but need to upskill?

A fees-free NZQA-accredited Level 2 course could teach you how to use Microsoft Office Suite and a range of computing programmes and digital tools.

You’ll develop your computing skills to be able to work in a modern digital work environment.

The course can be completed full-time or part-time.

The course is for any learners aged over 20 who don’t already hold a qualification at Level 2 or above.

Find out more (external link)

Free introduction to farm vehicles

Learn about farm vehicles and improve your driving skills with a free 5-day Introduction to Farm Vehicles course.

The course will introduce you to range farm vehicles, including motorbikes, quad bikes, side-by-side (LUV) and tractors. You will also learn about pre-start checks, maintenance and operations.

The free course includes accommodation and weekday meals.

Monday 1 November - Friday 5 November
Monday 15 November - Friday 20 November

Where: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply (external link)

Choose your course

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

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)

Free business training

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce brings you this Brand New Business Training Programme, run in conjuction with Platinum Partner, Open Polytechnic.

Choose from:

  • Introduction to Small Business (Level 3)
  • Administration & Technology (Level 3)
  • First Line Management (Level 4)
  • Small Business (Level 4)
Find out more (external link)

Starting a business?

Learn how to make it easier to manage your tax obligations.

Inland Revenue’s free Introduction to Business seminar can help you learn about topics including:

  • working smarter with Inland Revenue’s online services
  • business structures
  • income tax
  • expenses you can claim
  • record keeping.

Lower Hutt

When: Monday 13 September, 1pm
Where: Pelorus Trust House, Hutt Park, Gracefield, Lower Hutt
Register now (external site)

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Free career advice in Wellington Region

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.  They can help you create your CV and cover letters, understand your transferrable skills and find out how you can use them in a new job or training.

Careers advisors will be in the Masterton, Lower Hutt and Porirua Connected centres.   



When: Every Thursday, 9am-4pm, and every Friday, 10am-2pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road

How to book: Email Gcw_wairarapa@msd.govt.nz


Lower Hutt - on hold until level 1

When: Every Wednesday, 11am-4.30pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street

How to book: Email Hutt_Employment_Central@msd.govt.nz


Porirua - on hold until level 1

When: Every Thursday, 9am-3pm

Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place

How to book: Email Porirua_Employment_Centre@msd.govt.nz

Get support with work and training

Do you need advice on employment, education, training or business support?

If so then pop into Lower Hutt and talk to Connected's Wellington Employment Liaison Advisor about available assistance.

When: TBC
Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone

APM Employment Service

Have a disability or health condition and want to work?

APM understands how daunting it can be to return to the world of work, especially if you're living with the challenges of a disability or health condition.

Drop in to Connected to talk to APM about support to prepare for work, find a job and stay in employment.

When: Every Friday, 9am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton

Lower Hutt
When: Every Tuesday, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

Looking for employment?

Pasifika Consulting can help you with upskilling, employment opportunities, personal development training and ongoing support.

A representative from Pasifika Consulting will be at the Connected centres in Lower Hutt and Porirua to help you achieve your goals.

Lower Hutt
When: Every Thursday, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

When: Every Tuesday, 9am-3pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

Looking for a trade apprenticeship?

If you’re a Work and Income client looking for a job in the construction industry, pop into Connected Porirua to talk to someone from Kiwi Can Do and see if they can offer you a place on a pre-employment course.

Kiwi Can Do recruits 100 Work and Income job seekers to become trainees each month.

When: Wednesdays, 9am-3pm (On hold until Level 1)
Where: Connected Porirua, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

Employment placement for young people

Future Leaders’ Youth FOCUS Programme is an employment placement service for young people aged 18-24.

The work preparation and mentoring programme develops self-leadership, empowering rangatahi to increase their confidence, team-building and work readiness skills.

The personal development and work preparation areas it covers include goal setting, CVs, exploring work and study options, personal presentation, confidence and communication, teamwork, motivation and interviewing for the workforce.

There's no need to book - just drop in.

When: Every Monday, 9am-3pm - On hold until level 1

Where: Porirua Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

Find out more (external link)

Build your financial capability

Are you struggling with finances in your current job, or need help with your finances to gain a job? If so, you could get free financial advice in Masterton from an expert.

Building Financial Capability (BFC) is a service that helps people, families and whānau experiencing hardship to build their financial capability and resilience.

BFC takes a strengths-based approach to empower people to get control of their money, set goals and achieve long-term, sustainable change. 

No appointment is needed – just drop in.

When: Every Tuesday, 1pm–3pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton

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

To find a foodbank in the Wellington region (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

No internet connection? Masterton Library can help

Contact us at Masterton Library for skinny jump! Free, no contract modem delivered to your door, plug in and use, from $5 per 30GB.

Also join the Library for free and access our online resources including: E-books, Te au Maori resources, Children’s story box, Pressreader - National & international newspapers/magazines, Beamafilm - movies/documentaries and more all free with your Library membership.

We are available to help you by phoning 06 370 6253 or by email library@library.mstn.govt.nz or through our facebook page.

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.

Wellington Library (external site)

Lower Hutt Library (external site)

Kāpiti Library (external site)

Porirua Library (external site)

Whānau Ora support

Additional support has been stood up by Taeaomanino Trust,  Pacific Health Plus and Whānau Manaaki who are Pacific Whānau Ora providers includes:

  • Packages for families who have been caught short and needing support
  • Packages for families who have to self-isolate
  • Food, devices, payment of utilities etc.

If you like in Wellington or Kāpiti and would like to access a Whānau Ora Family Support Package, please contact one of our partners below who are happy to help:

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
49-51 Lincoln Road
Masterton 5810

Lower Hutt

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
317-327 High Street
Lower Hutt 5010


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 Lydney Place
Porirua 5022

Wellington (Willis Street)

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
195 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

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