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 MSD/Connected Centre on Thursdays by appointment.

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When: Every Thursday, 10am-2pm
Where: Rotorua Library or via phone or zoom call
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When: Every Monday and Wednesday morning
Where: via face to face or phone conversation (Location tbc once appointment has been made)
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School leavers and tertiary leavers webinars

As your study comes to an end, you may be thinking about your next steps.

There are loads of job opportunites and there is help to support you in taking the next step.
If you have already found a job, you may be entitled to support to help move into work.

Or are you looking for career advice? You can book a one-on-one session with a career practitioner who can help you build a career plan and CV.

Join the weekly Wednesday webinar to hear about how Connected can support you into mahi. These will be held on:

• Wednesday 30 November, 1:30pm
• Wednesday 7 December, 1:30pm

Register today! (external link)

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 looking for a change in careers.

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.

Employment Webinar

To provide jobseekers with information on specific industry sectors and jobs that are available. Learn how you can get your CV ready and tips for interviewing with employers.

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Get a Fresh Start

A free programme for rangatahi (18 to 24 years old) to increase their confidence, learn new skills, get fit and healthy and gain employment through the Limited Service Volunteer Programme.

Support into Employment

To provide information and support available to those with a disability or health condition looking for assistance to access employment.

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)

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)

Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships now open

An amazing opportunity for anyone considering studying forestry science, forest engineering or forest management begining in 2023.

Scholarships are for students who begin study in the 2023 academic year and enrol in one of these courses:

  • Bachelor of Forestry Science at University of Canterbury, are of Māori descent or identify as female, or both
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a major in forest engineering (open to all applicants entering from their first year), or 
  • Diploma in Forest Management at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, are of Māori descent or identify as female, or both.

 Why study forestry?

By studying and choosing a career in forestry you can:

  • Help New Zealand reach its climate change goals
  • Enhance and protect our country’s biodiversity
  • Partner with Māori and iwi to optimise land use potential and outcomes
  • Create a sustainable environment for the future
  • Help create new industries and technologies
  • Be part of the move to building a bioeconomy.

Applications close Friday 16 December.

Find out more (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:
1. Learn and practice how to succeed in the workplace
2. Try out work experience opportunities
3. Prove yourself and turn it into employment!

For more information please visit: (external site)

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.

Introduction to business

Starting a business? Introduction to Business is a two hour session. Learn about the different ways to structure your business, expenses you can claim, and how income tax and provisional tax works.

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face - Rotorua

(external site)When:

Thursday 8 December, 10am (external site)

Where: Pukaki Centre Level 3, 1144 Pukaki Street 

Kanohi ki te kanohi/Face to face - Tauranga

When: Tuesday 6 December, 9am (external site)

Where: 306 Cameron Road


Tuesday 29 November, 10am (external site)

Wednesday 30 November, 7pm (external site)


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.


Tuesday 6 December, 10am (external site)


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.


No further live sessions planned until 2023, watch a prerecorded webinar (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)

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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