Bay of Plenty

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Bay of Plenty, rich in forestry, horticulture and food production

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To make a booking, please email your Connected centre

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Free career advice

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan. These sessions are currently available via phone or video-conferencing.

If you are exploring studying or training, or want assistance to prepare your CV, book a session with an experienced career expert.

Appointments available from Monday 17 January.

Mt Maunganui

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am - 5pm
Where: via phone conversation or zoom call
To book a session, email


When: Every Thursday 10am-2pm
Where: Rotorua Library or via phone or zoom call
To book an appointment please email


When: Every Monday and Wednesday morning
Where: via face to face or phone conversation (Location tbc once appointment has been made)
To book an appointment please email:

Education to employment webinar series

Hungry for learning? Looking for support? Or ready for your next job? We're here for you!

We have a wide range of webinars to provide tools if you are looking for employment, wanting to digitally upskill or affected by the vaccine mandate.

Keep an eye out for when these great webinars come out where you can join in and gain skills and support tools towards employment, training or building confidence.

Series topics:
• Employment Webinar - Specific industry job opportunities
• Get a Fresh Start - a free programme for rangatahi (18 to 24 years old) 
• Rethinking Careers - for those affected by the vaccine mandate
• Start Your Own Business - to provide support tools and information
• Mature Workers - relevant information to support job searching or a career change
• Enhance Digital Capabilities - assist to digitally upskill and outline free online resources available

If you want to find out more about one or more of the webinar series, email


Seasonal jobs in the Bay of Plenty

Looking for a new seasonal job in fruit or vegetable industries?

Pick NZ offer a range of Jobs in the horticulture industry and training is provided on the job! There are jobs for young, old, experienced and inexperienced people. All you need is your commitment and reliability – and to bring along your enthusiasm!

The summer season has started with a wide range of job opportunities:
• Orchard Workers - Te Puke
• Packhouse positions available - Opotiki
• Seasonal Kiwifruit Laboratory Technicians - Mount Maunganui
• Orchard Worker - Tauranga

And more

See the jobs available now (external link)

Homecare support jobs and training

Are people your passion?

Homecare support jobs are on the rise and with the help of free NZQA training, this could be the job for you.

Homecare support covers: 

  • Household Management – such as vacuuming and tidying, laundry, ironing, meal preparation and shopping
  • Personal Care – such as assistance with eating, showering, bathing, hair washing, toileting and personal grooming
  • Sleepovers – assistance with household and personal tasks for up to 12 hours overnight such as getting to bed, trips to the bathroom, getting out of bed, making breakfast

Your hourly rate increases significantly with each level you achieve.

Both part-time and full time positions are available.

These positions require Covid-19 vaccination. (Based in Tauranga and Whakatane)

To apply, download and print the application form (external site)

Find out more (external link)

Construction labourers in Taupō

Be part of this exciting opportunity to work on the new power station build!

There are a large number of construction labourers wanted for this amazing job. No experience needed, full training will be provided.

Duties will include general labouring and other tasks where necessary.

You will need to be physically fit and willing to learn.

Express your interest by calling 0800 779 009 (Quote Job ID 21783567)

Express your interest

Varied opportunities in Ōpōtiki District

If you’re interested in opportunities to work in the Ōpōtiki District, the Workforce Team at the Ōpōtiki District Council are showcasing lots of interesting job opportunities, along with information about industry training and support.

Current job opportunities include:

  • Kiwifruit packhouse jobs
  • Mussel openers
  • Truck drivers
  • Local government vacancies

New opportunities are added every week.

View job opportunities (external link)

More Bay of Plenty 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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Beauty Therapy courses starting July 2022

If a career as a makeup artist excites you, then Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology have the perfect course to get you started.

You’ll gain all the right skills and technical know-how to assess a client’s skin and apply a range of makeup looks from day and evening to red carpet and runway glamour.

Courses delivered in Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, and Whakatāne. Applications now open, course starts July 2022

Level 3 to level 5 courses are available.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Study to be a Healthcare Assistant

Do you want to work in or re-enter the health and wellbeing industry as a healthcare assistant? If so then this course is for you.

You will gain the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred health care under the direction of a health professional. Start dates and locations for the course as follows,

  • Rotorua -  Monday 18 July
  • Tauranga - Monday 18 July
  • Taupō - Monday 18 July

This course qualifies for free tuition fees under TTAF. 

Find out more and apply (external link)

Hospitality Training Programme and Career Opportunity - Taupo

Do you want to gain new skills in different areas of a hotel? Or a restaurant?

Hotel Training Programme
Have you always had a passion for people and hotels? This is an excellent 2 week training programme in a 5-star hotel where you can learn the ins and the outs of the hotel as well as gain skills in the different departments, such as in housekeeping, kitchen and so much more.

Express your interest email

Restaurant Opportunity
If you've always wanted to learn how to make coffees, here is your chance! You will receive 2 weeks training in areas of customer service, food preparation, cleaning, stock control and completing general tasks as required. You will gain new skills and meet great people as well as obtain a Work Experience certificate and transferable skills.

Express your interest phone 0800 779 009 Quote Job ID 21737985

Digital skills for work

Improve digital skills and build your online confidence.

You’ll get hands-on experience with useful digital tools that you can take straight back to your work, as well as the chance to collaborate with a friendly and encouraging community of learners.

If you are interested in this and more courses check out The Mind lab (external site) 

You may also qualify for a scholarship to cover any course costs.

Hospitality courses in Whakatāne

The Queenstown Resort College is coming to Whakatāne to offer a Certificate in Hospitality Service. You will graduate with industry current skills and competencies required to enhance the customer experience.

The programme will equip students with food and beverage service trends, cultural intelligence techniques and compliance procedures needed to succeed in New Zealand’s dynamic tourism and hospitality industry.

Graduates will have the skills to work as advanced food and beverage professionals within the hospitality industry.

Graduates may also progress onto further study and entry into QRC’s Hospitality Management (Level 6).

Course Overview Level 4 Certificate in Hospitality Service (17 Weeks Starting July 2022)

• Safe and Secure Practices in Hospitality

• Hospitality Teams and People

• Hospitality Compliance

• Restaurant Service 

The course will be run at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Whakatāne Campus

To learn more or to apply for a course, email  or call Sharman Morgan 027 277 8617

Find out more (external link)

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in the Bay of Plenty.

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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Seminars for business

Inland Revenue runs regular workshops in the Bay of Plenty to assistant employers and self-employed people to understand their obligations.

The workshops also provide further information on topics such as PAYE, GST, tax filing, which expenses you can claim, record-keeping and more.

Workshops are held regularly in Rotorua, Tauranga and Whakatāne.

Find out more (external link)

One hour of free business advice

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is offering new business owners, freelancers, sole traders and even social enterprises and not-for-profits access to one hour of free business advice.

Their business advisor can help you to understand how to get started, and what they need to be thinking about in the short and long term.

For more infomation on the support available and to book a consultation visit the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce (external site) website. 

Business start-up clinic

If you need help starting a business, attend a start-up clinic run by Rotorua Chamber of Commerce.

The clinic includes group and one-on-one sessions hosted by business coaches and tailored to your business needs.

Topics that can be covered include assessing the feasibilty of your idea, developing a cashflow forecast, building a business plan, understanding legal obligations and avoiding common pitfalls.

Find out more and register (external link)

Make an appointment to visit your local Connected centre to find out about how government agencies can help you find a job, training or business support.

Mount Maunganui

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
9 Owens Place
Mount Maunganui 3116


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Ground Floor
1207 Pukuatua Street
Rotorua 3010


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
24 Pyne Street
Whakatane 3120

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