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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Free career advice

Book a one-to-one session with a career expert to make a personalised career plan. 

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

Mt Maunganui

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8.30am - 5pm
Where: via phone conversation, zoom call or in person appointments. In-person appointments are available at the Mount Maunganui MSD/Connected Centre  on Thursdays by appointment.

Request an appointment, email


When: Flexible with days and times
Where: Face to face or phone conversation - Location TBC once booking received
Request an appointment please email


When: Flexible with days and times
Where: via face to face or phone conversation (Location tbc once appointment has been made)
Request an appointment please email:

Employment, Education and Training webinar series

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

A dedicated Employment, Education and Training webinar for the Bay of Plenty region.

This is a series of webinars where we showcase local training, programmes and employment opportunities in the region as well as resources available to support your job search journey.

This webinar is hosted by Connected with support from local Work Brokers, Employers, Education and Training providers.

Click on the link to register for your area:

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 the 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 Summer Pruning, Fruit and Vine thinning - Western BOP
• Blueberry pickers - Katikati
• Seasonal Kiwifruit Laboratory Technicians - Mount Maunganui
• Seasonal Sample Collector - Waihi, Katikati, Te Puke, Opotiki

And more

See the jobs available now (external link)

NZ Police recruitment seminar

Considering a career in Police?

Come along to the NZ Police recruitment seminar to hear about the recruitment process and the different career avenues within the Police. Bring along your whānau or those that will be supporting you through the process.


When: Thursday 23 March, 5.30pm - 7pm

Where: MSD Building, 24 Pyne Street, Whakatane (1st floor – entry via Western end of building)

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP for security and seating to: Senior Constable Lania Day at


When: Tuesday 28 March, 5.30pm - 7pm

Where: Tokoroa Police Station, 33 Logan Street, Tokoroa

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP for security and seating to: Senior Constable Lania Day at

Find out more about the selection process (external link)

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)

Taupō Pathways for youth employment

Get set for life with the licence to work programme.

If you are aged between 16 to 25 years old. This free programme supports you to get work ready!

The programme will cover the following:

  • Career planning
  • Learning about what the workplace expects of you
  • Workplace visits
  • Driver's licence & lessons
  • Health & Safety Course
  • First Aid Course
  • Connecting you with employers
  • Building your confidence
  • Lots of hands on fun!

The work experience process:

  • Learn and practice how to succeed in the workplace
  • Try out work experience opportunities
  • Prove yourself and turn it into employment!

Find out more (external link)

Gain and develop foundation skills

Looking for a second chance at study and don't meet current entry criteria?

Take this stepping stone if you're wanting a second chance at study.

The Certificate in Foundation Skilles will help you will a range of skills to progress to further study at Toi Ohomai. You’ll study a broad range of subjects to help you enter a number of potential study and career pathways.

Locations: Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa, Whakatāne
Next intake: Monday 13 February 

Find out more (external link)

Study Tākaro, Sport and Exercise in Whakatāne

Take the first steps towards a career in the fitness industry as a professional fitness coach, instructor, or personal trainer.

Tākaro, Sport and Exercise combines two qualifications into one programme: the Certificate in Exercise and the Certificate in Sport and Recreation.

As well as maintaining your fitness and learning how to assist others with their fitness goals, what makes this programme different is it's taught in a wānanga where you'll learn a range of ngā taonga tākaro - traditional Māori games.

When you graduate, you'll be eligible to register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals.

You will contribute to the health, cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

This programme is 38 weeks - full time and starts in Whakatāne on March 2023

Find out more (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

Hospitality courses in Whakatāne

The Queenstown Resort College now offers the opportunity to study for a Certificate in Hospitality Service in Whakatāne. 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 )

• 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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Your business and tax

Inland Revenue offers free Seminars and 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 sessions. 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 session 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 session. learn about who needs to register as an employer, and what information must be recorded and how to send to IR.

These sessions are run regularly, register today!

Introduction to Business

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face

When: Tuesday 4 April, 9am (external site)

Where: 306 Cameron Road, Tauranga


Wednesday 22 March, 7pm (external site)

Tuesday 28 March, 4pm (external site)

Tuesday 11 April, 10am (external site)


Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face

When: Tuesday 11 April, 9am (external site)

Where: 306 Cameron Road, Tauranga


Tuesday 21 March, 10am (external site)

Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)


Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)

Alternatively, you can watch pre-recorded sessions here. (external site)

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)

Business Growth and Support Webinars

Digitally connecting you with business support and services available to all industry sectors across the Bay of Plenty.

The Bay of Plenty Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference is brought to you by and, to connect you with business support and services available, to all industry sectors across the Bay of Plenty.

Listen in to as many webinars as you’d like, to hear about the offerings provided by the presenting agency.

  • Connected - Connecting you to support for your business  & Toi EDA - The economic development agency for the Eastern Bay of Plenty delivering sustainable opportunities that lead to thriving communities.
  • - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer
  • - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help kiwi businesses
  • Te Puni Kōkiri - Support we can provide regarding skills and employment, building capability and capacity in your business
  • NZ Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand Businesses to grow internationally
  • Tauranga Business Chamber - We empower local business by growing skills and capability. We believe by connecting local business owners with the right information and the right people at the right time, we’ll help you achieve your business goals.
  • Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce - Providing a voice for business the Eastern Bay Chamber is also a platform for business success and vitality
  • Rotorua Business Chamber - works with all business organisations and agencies by providing advocacy, support services and networking towards building a better business environment in its city
  • Priority One - Priority One is the Western Bay of Plenty region's economic development organisation. Our role is to grow a sustainable economy that improves productivity and delivers prosperity to local people and communities
  • RotoruaNZ - To improve the Rotorua economy and its ability to create employment, wealth and wellbeing for all of our people
  • Māori Women's Development Inc - Supporting wāhine Māori and their whānau in business
  • Amplify - Our vision is that Taupō is a vibrant and prosperous district, where both talent and business thrive
  • EMA - We support New Zealand organisations through business training courses, network support & business advocacy groups
  • Amotai - Unlocking opportunities for Māori and Pasifika businesses through supplier diversity
  • Ministry of Social Development - Recruitment assistance, workforce planning and financial support for upskilling new employees
  • Inland Revenue - Here to support you, whether you’re new to business or need some help to get on the right track
  • Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world
Watch anytime (external link)

Drop-in or 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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