West Coast

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the rugged West Coast, renowned for its natural resources and trailblazing spirit

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Agricultural machinery operator

Are you a trained tractor driver looking for seasonal work?  

This seasonal work over the summer period will see you silage making and mowing, raking and slurry spreading, cultivation and ground work.

Work is outdoors and working on difficult terrain and days of work are weather dependent.

Based in the Grey Valley, 45 minutes from Town. You will be driving heavy machinery/high horse powered tractors and would need at least 1 years experience to apply. You must have a full class 1 and 2 licence.

To register your interest email greymouth_connected@msd.govt.nz

Hotel and hospitality roles

The old Kingsgate hotel is set to reopen as a Copthorne Hotel in a matter of weeks!

They are looking for a range of staff including:

  • Chefs,
  • Restaurant supervisor,
  • Front Desk, and
  • Housekeeping.

Most positions are 20hrs+ although will require flexibility across the 7 days, and for some there will be evening work required.

Opportunities are:

Chef (external site)  
Hotel Staff (external site) 

Jobs 4 Nature

Be part of an exciting new team as part of the Jobs for Nature program, helping to identify, control and monitor pest weeds throughout the Westland/South Westland region.

Based in Hokitika and the majority of the work is in the Westland region with a number of our projects requiring the odd night or two in the field. Some projects may require longer periods away, sometimes up to a week at a time, so you must be comfortable with working away from home.

The work is physically demanding, so having an interest in health and fitness outside of your job would be desirable. If you don’t thrive on keeping fit you may find you’re going to really struggle.

Most of this work will be manual weed control (hand tools, knapsacks etc) and some mechanically assisted (chainsaws, scrubbars, etc)

There will be 3 seminars in Hokitika, dates and times to be confirmed

Email greymouth_connected@msd.govt.nz to register your interest,

More West Coast 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)

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) (external site)

Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship  (external site)

Certificate in Whanau Ora

Tipu Ora will be coming to the West Coast in 2022 to deliver the Certificate in Whanau Ora.

Whānau Ora puts whānau and families in control of the services they need to work together, build on their strengths and
achieve their aspirations. It recognises the collective strength and capability of whānau to achieve better outcomes in
areas such as health, education, housing, employment and income levels.

The certificate aims to prepare kaimahi working with whānau in the community, (not only Whānau Ora Navigators, but all
those working with whānau), to be armed with the best possible skills and knowledge to support whānau to achieve their

The NZ Certificate in Whānau Ora is delivered in six 3-day wānanga over 6 months.

To find out more: admin.PTE@manaakiora.org.nz

Wahine Toa

Wahine Toa is a new initiative for women looking for Employment, Education or Training.

The programme is 3 days per week Tuesday - Thursday, 9.30am to 2pm and will be for 5 weeks. Starting on Tuesday 2 November.

It will include:

  • self-employment,
  • confidence,
  • communication,
  • online c.v. and cover letter with kanorau digital support,
  • Dress for Success and
  • much more to support wahine on their journery.

Find out more, email greymouth_connected@msd.govt.nz

Youth Employability Programme

If you aged 16-24, hoping to grow employability skills, looking for work, ready to have some fun with projects in the community, creating a CV and more.

The youth employabiltiy programme (YEP) offers a series on workshops to grow your workskills and some opportunities to participate in voluntary work and work experience with local businesses.

Workshops cover:

  • work ethic,
  • communication,
  • thinking skills,
  • building resilience, and
  • self-management. 


When: Tuesday & Wednesday 10am - 2pm and Thursday 10am - 4pm, It's not too late to join in the fun

Where: Above the clocktower - 41 Weld Street

For more information, email Westlandyep@westlanddc.govt.nz


When: Starting in November

Where: 111 Palmerston Street, Wesport

To register your interest, email office@bullerreap.co.nz

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

Study and training support for young people

Are you a young person who would like support to take the next step into study or training?

WestREAP's youth service aims to supports young people aged 16-17 years and parents aged between 16 and 19 years into independence through Education, Training or work-based learning.

You will gain the skills you need to get employment and create a future for you and your family. WestREAP has two experienced Youth Service facilitators, one in the Grey District and one in Westland district.

To find out more, contact WestREAP Phone 0800 927 327 or Email schools@westreap.org.nz  

Learner Licence training

Aotearoa Literacy provide support for people wanting to gain a Learner Licence.

Pop along to 2b Albert Street, Greymouth every Wednesday, 10am-11:30am.

To find out more email info.c8@literacy.org.nz

Free Learner Licence

Do you or someone you know need their Learner Licence?

WestREAP run the DriveWEST Learner Licence programme. 100% free including your learners licence test. Funded by the Westland Safer Communities Coalition and is open to Westland district residents only.

100% attendance required for the four sessions of two hours each.


Course 1: Monday 1 November, Wednesday 3rd November, Monday 8 November and Wednesday 10 November, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Course 2: Monday 15 November, Wednesday 17 November, Monday 22 November and Wednesday 24 November, 5pm - 7pm

Where: Greymouth Baptist Church, 76 High Street, Greymouth

To register email schools@westreap.org.nz

Empowering Positive Change

Kiwi Family Trust helping people to help themselves.

This three day programme will cover the following subjects:

  • Set goals for your future,
  • be happy right now,
  • learn to stay focused,
  • procrastination,
  • avoid stress,
  • clear factual communication,
  • work life balance,
  • fear and guilt,
  • organisation,
  • time management,
  • mind games,
  • thinking and acting,
  • quieten the mind,
  • enjoy the journey of life

When: Wednesday 17 November - Friday 19 November, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Where: West Coast Events Centre Shantytown, 316 Rutherglen Road Paroa, Greymouth

Short courses in Greymouth and Westport

Take a short course to gain skills and improve your employment prospects.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic runs one-day and two-day courses in response to the needs of the community and local industry.

The short courses give training in areas such as traffic control, quad bikes, height safety, chainsaws and forklifts.

To see upcoming courses in Greymouth and Westport, check out the short course calendar on Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s community education page.

Find short courses (external link)

Choose your course

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

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)

Upskill your team

Want to take on new staff? Upskill may be able to help.

Upskill employment and training consultants work with employers across the West Coast, developing industry training programmes to enable new recruits and existing staff to gain the skills your business needs.

A new regional employment and training scheme from Development West Coast, Upskill aims to help create sustainable employment opportunities and develop current staff to ensure West Coast businesses succeed long-term.

Find out more (external link)
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 on the West Coast (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.

Greymouth 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.

South Island business helpline 0800 505 096

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
112-116 Mackay Street
Greymouth 7805

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