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Selwyn Hiwa Wāhine series

Women Empowering Women… Gain confidence in what you have to offer the workplace, and explore options for self-employment.

Join us for a series of three seminars!

Are you looking to get back into the workforce or change careers but not sure where to start?

This series offers a safe and supportive environment to build relationships and connect with local wahine. By giving you the tools to set goals, share and communicate about your journey so far, and provide you with support service information, we aim to help guide you to plan your next steps with confidence.

When: Monday 8, 15, & 22 August (3 weeks), 9:30am - 12pm

Where: Te Ara Ātea, 59 Tennyson Street, Rolleston

Register to attend (external link)

Hospitality Job Fair

Chateau on the Park are hosting a Job Fair for major hospitality employers and jobseekers.

Come and hear about the range of careers available in hotels, conference facilities, tourism businesses, restaurants, and much more.

Speed interview with employers, dress for an interview and bring your CV.

When: Friday 19 August, 10:30am-12pm or 1pm-2:30pm

Where: Chateau on the Park - Great Hall, 189 Deans Avenue, Christchurch

Register to attend 1 session by Friday 12 August.

Puhikura at Linwood

Empowering Wāhine Māori, Pasifika and Ethnic Women into employment with NZ Police!

Calling Wāhine Māori, Pasifika, and Ethnic Women…

Come and hear about the empowering and supportive Puhikura intiaitive, that Wāhine from NZ Police are running in Linwood.

When: Thursday 11 August, 1pm

Where: Connected/MSD, 154 Aldwins Road, Linwood

For more information

Free career advice

Get free in-person advice from a professional career expert in Christchurch.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • studying or training
  • changing careers
  • preparing your CV and cover letter
  • job appplications.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.


When: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Linwood Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Road

Book by email:


When: Mondays and Fridays

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Papanui Service Centre, 58 Langdons Road

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When: Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Connected Centre, MSD Rangiora, 4 High Street

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When: Monday - Friday, Morning, Afternoon and Evening appointments available

Where: Online or by phone

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Connecting Selwyn

For support in employment, education and training pop along to our Connected pop-ups at Leeston and Darfield Libraries.

Connected will assist you in finding the right service for your needs. We will be joined by representatives from Ministry of Social Development and Selwyn District Council.

A Ministry of Social Development representative is available for one to one sessions to discuss your Superannuation needs, or any questions you have.

Leeston Library

When: Monthly on the second Tuesday

Tuesday 9 August, 10am - 12pm

Tuesday 13 September, 10am - 12pm

Where: Leeston Library, 19 Messines Street, Leeston

Darfield Library

When: Monthly on the second Wednesday

Wednesday 10 August, 10am - 12pm

Wednesday 14 September, 10am -12pm

Where: Darfield Library, 1 South Terrace, Darfield

For more information: email or

Connected Employment opportunities sessions

Walk in with a CV, walk out with Employment.

Employers will do a short presentation on industry, organisation and vacancies. Potential individual interviews to follow.

When: Wednesdays, Weekly, 11.30am and 2pm

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

For more information:

Study information sessions

Thinking about study? Free advice and support for those considering study with Ara and Connected.

Come along to the drop in sessions with Ara Institute of Canterbury, the largest Polytech in Te Waipounamu to find more about study options, no strings attached


When: Fortnightly on Fridays, 11am (from Friday 25 March)

Where: Connected Hornby, MSD Service Centre, 25 Shands Road


When: Fornightly on Wednesdays, 1pm (from Wednesday 23 March)

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

For more information:

Mahi for Me

Get channelled to the right employment, or study opportunity!

Employers and Tertiary Providers are onsite at Connected Linwood to meet with you on a regular basis.

Employers will talk about career opportunities with you, and interviews may follow.

Monday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Tuesday, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm
Wednesday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm,and 2pm
Thursday, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Friday, 10:30am

Ara Drop-in at Linwood
Talk with an advisor from Ara about study options that interest you and sign up, or meet them at the campus and have a look around at the options available to you.

When: Fortnightly Friday 11am

Where: Connected Linwood, MSD Service Centre, 154 Aldwins Rd, Christchurch

Support for Whānau

Better Income, Brighter Future.

Join us for two Information Sessions to learn more about your entitlements and explore training or employment options leading to a brighter future for your family.


When: Wednesday 10 August or Thursday 11 August, 9.30am - 10.30am

Where: Connected, MSD Work and Income Service Centre, 4 High Street, Rangiora
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North Canterbury Youth Futures

Searching for what you could do with your future? Follow North Canterbury Youth Futures on Facebook.

North Canterbury Youth Futures has taken an innovative approach to running an online careers expo.

They are showcasing exciting options for career pathways in North Canterbury with local people and the paths, training and tips for getting there.

NCYF post regular updates with excellent opportunities available such as:

  • MoEs school leavers toolkit
  • Puhikura - NZ Police recruitment
  • University of Canterbury open day
  • and so much more

Jump on their Facebook and click follow.

North Canterbury Youth Futures Facebook page (external link)
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Opportunities at Environment Canterbury

Be empowered to make a difference for the good of your community.

Environment Canterbury strive to provide a culture that is inclusive of diversity and focused on continual improvement. They grow and challenge their people by offering secondments, mentoring and coaching, leadership and management training.

Current Career opportunities include:

  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Systems & Data Coordinator
  • Payroll Advisor - Leadership Opportunity
  • Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor
  • Senior Youth Engagement and Education Advisor
Find more opportunities (external link)

HEB Construction Job Fair

Exciting job vacancies in Civil Construction…

HEB has some exciting job vacancies available for Drivers/Operators, Labourers, STMS & Traffic Controllers, Forepersons and Network Inspectors.

Come and talk to the team.

When: Saturday 13 August9am - 4pm

Where: Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub, Augustine Drive, Wigram

For more information, call or text Sophie at 022 014 1751

Work for Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury

If it’s a lifestyle change, you’re looking for, this is where you’ll find it. Great career opportunities in South Canterbury.

Consider a role at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand South Canterbury and become part of the team that makes it possible. Join a forward-thinking team and help them to achieve their vision for the future within the Health Industry.

Current Job availabilities:

  • Learning Hub Advisor
  • Lead Maternity CarersEmergency Management Advisor
  • IT
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers

Apply online through their website.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Live, work & play in the Mackenzie

Multiple job opportunities available for this nationally renowned company!

Fairlie Bakehouse believes fresh is best and make all baked goods fresh onsite daily. They're now delivering their award-winning pies, not only to the onsite café but transporting them around New Zealand.

Why not join their team in stunning Fairlie by applying now?!

Current roles available:
• Pastry Chef
• Baker
• Butcher
• Barista
• Front of House
• Apprentice Baker

To apply send your CV and cover letter to

Job Opportunities at Timaru District Council

Timaru has a reputation as a wonderful place to live and visit. It’s the South Island’s best kept secret. Check out the awesome roles available at Timaru District Council.

Within Timaru's slice of paradise, you’ll find everything at your doorstep without the ‘big city’ rush.

Join the forward-thinking Timaru District Council team and help them to achieve their vision for the future

Current Job vacancies include:

  • Lifeguards (Permanent and Casual)
  • Learn 2 Swim Instructors
  • Water Treatment Operator (Trainees welcome)
  • Wellness and Engagement Advisor
  • Building Control Officer
  • Governance Advisor
Find out more and apply (external link)

Work at Lincoln University

Lincoln University's mission is to enhance and enrich lives - to grow the knowledge of their students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it.

Lincoln is a progressive university, with ambitious strategic goals and a commitment to having a professional workforce that reflects the diversity of its community. Working at Lincoln comes with a wide range of employee benefits and there are a range of schemes that recognise the achievements of staff and support for ongoing development.

Roles currently available include:

  • HR Business Analyst
  • Student Voice and Communications Advisor
  • Enquiries Coordinator
  • Credit, Student Abroad and Exchange Co-ordinator
  • 2023 Residential Assistants x 17
  • Dairy Farm Research Technician
  • and more
See what's available (external link)

Careers at Christchurch City Mission

Join the team that positively impacts on the lives of 60,000 people a year.

The City Mission helps anyone in the community who needs it, regardless of their circumstances.

If you're interested in working with people in the community, these careers maybe for you:

  • Emergency Accommodation Worker (multiple roles)
  • Withdrawal Management Support Worker (Healthcare Assistant)
  • Partner Relations Manager
  • Individual and Community Giving Fundraiser
  • Supported Accomodation Supervisor

Please submit your CV and a cover letter introducing yourself, or if you would like to discuss the role further:

Careers in council

Your career starts here…

The Christchurch City Council has a lot of great careers on offer.

Below are a selection of careers available :

  • Legal Support Officer
  • Recreation Planner
  • HR Administrator
  • Network Library Assistant
  • Building Control Officer
  • Horticultural Trainee

Apply online and include your CV and application letter.

See the opportunities and apply (external link)

More Canterbury 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 and upskill in language

Risingholme offers a range of beginners courses as well as courses aimed at those who want to improve their employment opportunities.

You can study ESOL, Te Reo Māori, Sign Language as well as a wide range of other languages.

If English is not your first language and you want to improve ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) courses are offered at the following levels:

  • Level 1 (Beginners) for those people with little or no English.
  • Level 2 (Elementary) for those people who can understand and use simple English in everyday situations.
  • Level 3 (Intermediate) for those people who can usually understand native speakers and can make themselves understood in familiar situations.
  • Level 4 (Upper Intermediate) for those who can generally speak with confidence and accuracy but need to develop fluency and the use of idiomatic language.
Find out more and apply (external link)

Study for a hospitality career

The hospitality industry in South Canterbury and Mackenzie district is ever expanding and they need more qualified staff. Timaru is a great place to work and study.

Are you the star they are looking for?

Ara Timaru offers several Hospitality courses that can give you the edge when you apply for exciting hospitality opportunities.

Courses available:

  • Food Safety - 2 weeks (Next intake 17 August)
  • Training for the Licence Controller Qualification - 1.5 days (Next intake 1st August)
  • Certificate in Cookery (Next intake January 23)
  • Certificate in Food and Beverage Service - Workplace Training (Next intake March 23)
  • Barista Training (July/March intake)

Free weekday shuttle service to Oamaru and Ashburton for students.

Find out more (external link)

Work Readiness for Women

Develop skills and confidence to navigate entry or re-entry into the workforce equipped with the right tools to gain successful employment.

The Work Readiness for Women course runs for five weeks.  

This course will inspire different ideas, different connections, and accountability – all of which, lead to forward movement and new horizons. 

Now is the time to do something new!

When: Starting Thursday 4 August, 10am - 12pm

Where: Risingholme Community Centre, 22 Cholmondeley Avenue, Opawa

Cost: $50 (financial help maybe available)

Find out more (external link)

Free and low cost study options

Ara Connect hubs across Christchurch and South Canterbury, where you can learn the basics of IT.

At Ara Connect hubs across Christchurch and South Canterbury, you can learn the basics of computers, digital devices, and common programmes, or gain a formal computing qualification for employment or further study in IT.

Course and class times are flexible, allowing you to fit study around work, family and other commitments. You’ll study at your own pace, in Ara Connect’s friendly environment with the support of experienced tutors.

Courses include:

  • Digital Basics
  • Excel for Beginners
  • Google Apps - Tips and Tricks
  • Keyboarding for Beginners
  • Word for Beginners
  • Business Accelerator
Find out more and apply (external link)

Study Online with Ara

Sometimes it’s tricky to fit study around your lifestyle and commitments.

Ara has a solution and is pleased to be able to offer a range of study options that you can study fully online, when and where you please.

That means you can study even if you're working full-time, you have other commitments, or if you don’t live near an Ara campus. Their fully online study options are delivered through eCampus NZ.

First decide which of the Ara qualifications you want to study:

  • NZ Diploma in Business Level 5 (Human Resource Management)
  • NZ Diploma in Business Level 5 (Leadership and Management)
  • NZ Diploma in Business Level 5 (Accounting)
  • NZ Certificate in Business Level 4 (Accounting Support Services)
  • NZ Certificate in Business Level 3 (Introduction to Team Leadership)
Find out more and apply (external link)

Get ready to study at Uni

The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) is designed to prepare Aotearoa New Zealand citizens, or holders of a Residents Class Visa of New Zealand or Australia, for university study.

The CUP programme provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment with small classes and individual attention to help you develop your confidence to succeed at university.

The CUP programme will help you to develop the skills necessary for successful university study, including:

  • subject knowledge for pathways to degree programmes
  • study and time-management skills
  • oral and written communication skills for a variety of contexts
  • analytical, critical, and problem solving skills
  • information literacy skills
  • interpersonal, group, and teamwork skills.

The CUP programme provides an environment for students to:

  • build relationships with peers
  • connect with Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
  • plan for future study.

CUP is a 12-week programme of study for full-time students, with two six-week options throughout the year plus summer school. Flexible part-time and distance options are also available. 

Find out more (external link)

Want to study a trade for free?

Māori and pasifika trades training may enable you to study for free.

NZMA offers four Level 3 Trades Courses you can study for free if you are Māori or Pasifika:

Certificate in Carpentry trades Skills
With a focus on carpentry, this course aims to arm you with the basic carpentry skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprenticeship.

Certificate in Plumbing and Gas Fitting
Secure your future in the construction sector today by training to become a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer.

Certificate in Electrical Engineering
The hands-on 32-week programme sets you up to enter the electrical industry as an entry-level employee.

Certificate in Trade Skills with strand in Paint and Plaster
Tap into the building boom! In just 19 weeks you’ll gain the skills you need to become an apprentice or labourer in construction or allied trades.

Find out more (external link)

Courses available with NZMA

The small class sizes at NZMA mean you'll get more one-on-one time to develop your skills.

Food & Beverage Level 3 - Launch your hospitality career!
An excellent way to get your hospitality career underway. You’ll come away with a Level 3 certificate and a Certificate in Basic Food Safety.

Floristry Level 3 - Beautify Your Space with Putiputi!
Learn the basics of floral design, with practical hands-on training. Then learn about the business aspect of running a florist, before taking on a week’s work experience in the industry.

Foundation Skills Level 2 Sports - Your classroom is outside!
Over 16 weeks, you’ll be busy working with your hands, doing projects and going on field trips and you’ll get an introduction into the sport, recreation and fitness industries.

Foundation Skills Level 2 Sports - Put your healing hands to work!
This vocational Health programme will provide practical skills and prepare you for employment as a support worker in healthcare. You can apply what you learn in on class on a three week work experience at a health or aged care provider.

Esports Level 3 - Gaming and Industry!
When you’ve finished this course, you’ll have the foundational skills you need to continue your studies in a range of industries and unlock heaps of different career paths, not just in gaming.

Check your options (external link)

Learn online with University of Canterbury

Upskill with The University of Canterbury now offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

UC strives to deliver excellent, research-informed education, and creative and innovative research with staff who are empowered to make a real difference to societies here and around the world. UC prepares its graduates to care, think and be future ready. 

Courses cover topics such as:

  • Mental health and nutrition
  • A better start to reading
  • Antartica in a changing climate
  • Introduction to Human Robot Interaction
  • And more
Check out the options (external link)

Upskill in social and environmental sustainability

The Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability (BSEnS) explores the biggest global problems we have caused by injustice towards the environment and to communities, from pollution and climate change to world hunger.

You will gain meaningful skills including understanding how and why these issues happen, and the actionable steps we need to change these.
Help us build a sustainable and equitable future in business, policy, and global society.

Apply online at UC.

For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor (external site).

For more general information, email or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

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 Canterbury.

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)
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Your business and tax

Inland Revenue offers free webinars to help you set up correctly to meet your tax obligations whether you are new to business, GST or employing staff.

Inland Revenue offers three different practical webinars:

  • Starting a business? Introduction to Business is a two hour seminar. Learn about the different ways to structure your business, expenses you can claim, and how income tax and provisional tax works.
  • Are you registered for GST or thinking of registering for GST? Attend the two hour webinar on GST. Learn about who needs to register for GST, what GST is charged on, what information must be recorded and how to send this to us, and ceasing your GST registration.
  • Are you employing? In the Employers webinar learn about who needs to register as an employer, and what information must be recorded and how to send to IR.

These webinars are run on a fortnightly rotation, register today!

Introduction to Business

Wednesday 10 August, 7pm (external site)

Tuesday 16 August, 4pm (external site)


Tuesday 9 August, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 6 September, 10am (external site)


Tuesday 23 August, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 20 September, 10am (external site)

Accounting for non-accountants

Learn to make sense of business financials.

Understanding your business’ financials is vital to making informed business decisions – and it might just be easier than you think.

This practical online workshop will break down the jargon and help to make sense of those seemingly complex accounting concepts, providing you with the tools and knowledge to understand basic financial reports, such as your income statement and balance sheet.

When: Wednesday 14 September, 9am – 12pm 

Find out more and register (external link)

Health and Safety for Management

An ideal opportunity for senior managers/business owners to understand their health and safety responsibilities to their business.

It's never been more important to understand your health and safety responsibilities as a manager. This full day course is an ideal opportunity for senior managers/business owners to understand their health and safety responsibilities to their business, learn to implement a practical health and safety system and make their workplace safer and more productive.

When: Thursday 11 August, 9am – 4pm 
Where: The Chamber, 57 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

Cost: $625.00 excl GST (Member price $500 excl GST)

Find out more and register (external link)

North Canterbury biz peer support initiative

Some of North Canterbury’s highly experienced business operators have offered to share their time, expertise and knowledge with business owners.

Needing a bit of a chat with somebody who understands the challenges of running a business, particularly through difficult times?

Enterprise North Canterbury will match you with one of their peer support experts for a casual catch-up over your preferred cuppa so they can listen and offer ideas, support and insight. These PSP business professionals have been through many ups and downs and can offer some advice and support as to what you are going through.

ENC will e-introduce you to them and you can arrange a meeting - whether it be over a breakfast meeting or coffee break. 

Find out more and register (external link)

Employment law for business owners

Learn how to apply NZ’s employment laws and gain confidence you are in undertaking employment processes correctly.

Whether you oversee 1 employee or 50, having the confidence that you are complying with your legal obligations is a must.

This one day workshop hones in on the employment issues that often prove the most challenging and complex for business owners and managers, breaking down the fundamental employment law principles and providing practical information managers and business owners need to know.

When: Wednesday 14 September, 9am – 4:30pm 

Where: The Chamber, 57 Kilmore Street, Christchurch 

Cost: $685.00 excl GST (Member price $548.00 excl GST, Early Bird $650.75 excl GST)

Find out more and register (external link)

Venus business women

Looking to connect with a group of like-minded, proactive and supportive women?

Combining a supportive community of experienced business women with practical support and learning.
Venus Business Women is a NZ owned not-for-profit organisation run by women for women.
With the collective wisdom of a network of experienced entrepreneurs you can build the successful business and life you dream of.

Come along as a guest and check out the groups. As there is only one industry representative per group, please call Raelene Rees 0274 325 388 to find the best fit for you.

The meetings are an hour long and held fortnightly on either Tuesday 8:45am, Wednesday 9.30am or Thursday 9.30am with a choice of groups across Canterbury.

Find out more (external link)

Canterbury Business Growth and Support Webinars

Looking for business support? Watch the 11 pre-recorded webinars from the Canterbury Business Growth and Support virtual conference at your leisure.

These webinars are a fantastic starting point to finding out how the different organisations offer support for your growing business. - Connecting you to support for your business

Christchurch NZ - Hear from Christchurch's economic development agency - Helping your business move into the digital world

The Networkers - Business networking benefits you and your business

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce - Home and voice of Canterbury business

Enterprise North Canterbury - The economic development agency for North Canterbury

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce - Building better business together

Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business

Inland Revenue - Here to support you, new to business or need to get on the right track - Tools and expert advice, designed to help kiwi businesses save time and succeed - An introduction and an update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer

Watch here (external link)

Whakarite hui ki te toro atu ki tō pokapū Connected ā-rohe kia ako ai koe me pēhea e taea ai e ngā pūtahi kāwanatanga te āwhina i a koe ki te kimi mahi, whakangungu, tautoko pakihi rānei.


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
25 Shands Road
Christchurch 8042


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
154 Aldwins Road
Christchurch 8011


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
56 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
4 High Street
Rangiora 7400


Pokapū Mahi Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/Te Hiranga Tangata
14 Strathallan Street
Timaru 7910