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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

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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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Māori Health Careers Showcase

Want to work in Social and Mental Health?

Showcasing careers and job opportunities within Social and Mental Health specifically within Māori organisations.

Opportunities for 1-1’s with a staff member for other options.

When: Thursday 7 July, 10am

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

For more information, email

Ara drop-in session: semester 2

Does study at Ara in semester 2 interest you?

Information and Sign-Up Session for those who want to study in semester 2.

Opportunities for 1-1’s with a staff member from Ara to sign up for the right course!

When: Tuesday 5 July, 1pm-3pm

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

For more information, contact:

Support for Whānau

Better Income, Brighter Future.

Join us for a series of two seminars where you will learn more about the assistance you are entitled to and explore training or employment options leading to a brighter future for your family.


When: Tuesday 28 and Tuesday 30 June, 9:30am - 10:30am

Where: Papanui Connected Centre, 56 Langdons Road, Papanui

Numbers are limited to 20 people, RSVP to:


When: Tuesday 5 and Tuesday 7 July, 9:30am - 10:30am

Where: Syndenham MSD Service Centre, 39 Durham Street, Sydenham

Numbers are limited to 20 people, RSVP to:

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 12 July, 10am - 12pm

Tuesday 9 August, 10am - 12pm

Where: Leeston Library, 19 Messines Street, Leeston

Darfield Library

When: Monthly on the second Wednesday

Wednesday 13 July, 10am - 12pm

Wednesday 10 August, 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 are onsite at Connected Hornby and MSD Riccarton on a regular basis.

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


When: Thursdays, fornightly, 11am (from Thursday 9 June)

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


When: Wednesdays, Weekly, 11.30am and 2pm

Where: MSD Riccarton, 78 Riccarton Road

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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

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Customer Service Representatives

Can you make a difference in peoples lives by providing great customer service?

Do you have previous experience in a customer facing role? This could be the role for you.

You will ideally need to:

  • have experience in customer service (hospitality, retail or office)
  • be able to look things up on a computer quickly
  • accurately do maths calculations
  • be a fantastic verbal communicator
  • be able to work various shifts between 6.30am to 10pm and Monday to Saturday.

These permenant full-time roles are working within a government agency call centre.

Find out more (external link)

Māori Wellbeing and Mental Health

Support Māori mental health and wellbeing of Māori with a Te Ao Māori approach.

Pouako Mātauranga 

As the Pouako Mātauranga, you will be responsible for providing cultural knowledge and expertise to support the development of the role of Pūkenga Atawhai and to increase the cultural competency of all Specialist Mental Health Services kaimahi. The role reflects the principles and partnership of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it is reflected in the operations of the Specialist Mental Health Services, upholding a culture focused on learning, and is characterised by respect, inclusion, empathy, collaboration and safety.

Find out more and apply (external site)

Kaimātai Mahi – Hauora Māori Equity Project Manager

Support the rollout and evaluation of a Hauora Māori Equity Toolkit across Canterbury DHB hospital departments. You will support the improvement of the Toolkit and evaluating its impact on health outcomes for Māori including:

  • reducing barriers to appointments and wait times for treatments,
  • increasing attendance rates, and
  • improving equity and cultural competence across our departments.

Find out more and apply (external site)

Work at Lincoln

Come and work for the longest-running land-based university in the Southern Hemisphere.

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:

  • Accommodation advisor
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Post-doctoral fellows
  • Dairy farm assistant
  • Healthcare assistant
  • and more
See what's available (external link)

Work with Refugees

Purapura Whetu have a brand-new service called POWHIRI helping refugees to call Christchurch home.

POWHIRI is the new Refugee Settlement Support Service providing a proactive and culturally responsive support service that will work with those whānau coming into Christchurch and those resident families to meet their ongoing support and wellbeing needs while adjusting to life in Christchurch.

Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates to provide high quality services to the whānau they serve. Purapura Whetu is seeking to fill the following positions in their team:
• 1 x Team Leader for Refugee Settlement Support Service in Christchurch
• 3 x Wellness Navigators to support refugees to connect, access, and participate in Christchurch life.
• 0.5 x Administrator providing the administration duties connected to this service.

Find out more (external link)

Downer has roles for everyone!

Downer has the ambition to build a better future for Aotearoa. Downer staff are people like you, and they make change happen every day in their local communities.

Downer empowers their people. They support their people who want to grow and develop by learning new skills in a safe and inclusive environment. It amounts to a recognition and celebration of the diversity of their workforce. By continuing to build their peoples capability through targeted leadership, management and development initiatives, they will grow as individuals and as a team.

There are a vast array of careers available with the team in Canterbury, these roles include:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Surveyor
  • Civil Construction Project Manager
  • Copper and Fibre Technician
  • Horticultural Apprenticeships
  • Electrical Apprenticeships
  • Plumbing Apprenticeships
Find out more and apply (external link)

Careers at Selwyn District Council

Join the team that's making it happen for Selwyn!

Selwyn District Council's kamahi (people) work at the council for different reasons – for some, it’s the ability to contribute to their local community. For others, it’s the scope of the role and being involved in exciting work unique to a rapidly growing district. For some kamahi, working at Council is convenient to home and they enjoy connecting with their colleagues and customers.

The Selwyn District Council recognises that all their staff have an important role to deliver services, facilities, and infrastructure to their communities. In return, Council provides a total rewards approach to remuneration, recognition and working at Council.

Below are a selection of careers available at the Council:

  • People and Safety Systems Specialist (fixed term)
  • Aquatic Centre Lifeguards (part time and casual)
  • Aquatic Centre Senior Lifeguard (full time)
  • Senior Recreation Coordinator (full time)
  • District Wide Duty Manager - Lincoln Events Centre (full time)
  • District Wide Duty Manager - Selwyn Community Centres (full time)
See the opportunities and apply (external link)

Jobs at University of Canterbury

Be part of a dynamic, world class organisation which provides its staff members with benefits and support throughout their lives and careers.

Check out a selection of the professional careers available at the University of Canterbury:

  • 150th Anniversary Project Coordinator
  • Tautāwhi | Personal Assistant
  • Contract Coordinator
  • Strategy and Planning Assistant
  • 150th Anniversary Project Manager
Find out more 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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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)

Bachelor of Construction Management

Become a sought-after professional in the construction industry.

Ara's Bachelor of Construction is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work at a high level in the construction industry, as a leader who is able to innovate and contribute to new ways of creating the built environment.

The programme starts with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, attributes and academic abilities required of a construction manager or quantity surveyor. You'll gain discipline-specific skills and knowledge, starting with a focus on small domestic buildings then moving on to low-rise and large commercial construction, then heavily serviced, multifaceted projects.

Your year-two project work and assessments will require problem solving, independent research skills and application of cultural approaches and aspects of sustainability. In the third year you'll be required to source and organise technical, project and academic research information, and evaluate, critique and propose well-rationalised solutions.

Find out more (external link)

Māori and Pacific Info Evening at Ara Timaru

Are you interested in studying starting mid-year? Join Ara for an informal information evening before Semester 2 starts.

Get information on courses, enrolment, Studylink, scholarships, student services and more.

  • Young adults, parents and professionals: explore Ara's professional development options and their part-time and full-time study options.
  • Secondary school students: speak with an advisor about study options, Dual Enrolment and Experience Ara.
  • School leavers: talk to Ara about understanding your NCEA results and what pathways you can take.

Get answers to your enrolment questions and then finish with some delicious pineapple pie!
Everyone is Welcome...

When: Wednesday 6 July, 6pm - 7:30pm

Where: Starz Restaurant, Ara Campus, 32 Arthur Street, Timaru

Contact Charlie at Ara on 021 318 642 if you have any questions, or would like to know more about the Information Evening.

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)

Short courses with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa offers free courses to help you take charge of your life by improving your reading, writing and maths skills. 

The following courses are free for those aged over 16.

Driver Education - Covers learner Licence theory – no driving lessons

Basic Computing - Basic computer use, create and save a Word file, start to understand file management in a computer, web-based email: how to use it, safety and security online, creating a profile on social media.

Work Readiness - Create a CV, write a cover letter, interview skills, job seeking skills, time management, workplace communication, workplace health and safety, and more.

Literacy and Numeracy -How to read more confidently, improve spelling, solve a wider range of maths problems, understand fractions, decimals, percentages, and conversions. The material this class focuses on varies according to the needs of the learners.

Kiwi English - A class for English second language speakers – English with a focus on common Kiwi phrases and sayings.


Christchurch: Please contact Rae on 337 5555 or text 022 469 1200

Timaru: Please contact Ravinda 03 688 0894 or 027 721 2000 

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 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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Talking tech, digital and pakihi Māori

Developing Capability Through Kōrero. Inspiring Digital & Tech Conversations for Māori in Business

Whāriki, alongside Spark is excited to share a series of in-person hui across the motu, talking tech & digital with thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to build aspirations for Māori in business.

The event will feature panels, interviews & kōrero focusing on Māori using digital tools and tech to build capability, create connections or tell stories in innovative new ways. They’re taking pakihi Māori on a journey, diving deep into the exciting world of technology and digital to paint a picture of āpōpō. Join them to stand together on the cutting edge!

When: Wednesday 13 July, 10 am - 2 pm (9am doors open)
Where: Spark Square Atrium, 2 Cathedral Square, Otautahi/Christchurch

Find out more and register (external link)

Matariki Biz Breakfast - Ara Timaru

Ara Timaru welcomes you all to celebrate Matariki with them at their BAU industry breakfast.

Nau mai haere mai ki tō mātou parakuihi hei whakanui i a Matariki Āhunga Nui!

The breakfast will be accompanied with a presentation on Karakia / Mihimihi / Waiata in Business Practice delivered by Tia Hunt, Ara's new Poutoko - Te Kaiwhakauru, Team Leader.

Part of Tia’s role in the Business Development team: connecting with industry, building a portfolio of interest in Te Ao Māori and providing those services to hāpori.

Come along, share kai with them, sing a waiata and learn a little bit about Te Ao Māori this Matariki!”

When: Thursday 30 June, 7.30am – 8.30am
Where: STARZ Restaurant, Ara Campus, 32 Arthur Street, Timaru
Contact: Charlie Auty 021 318 642

Register today (external link)

Talk with Marketing experts

Do you want to attract more customers to your business? 

Have a free no-obligation meeting with Lee Retimana, Muritai Group to work out what your next steps are.

Muritai Group are experts at:

  • Developing your marketing, business or brand strategy
  • Identifying your ideal clients (the people who most want what you have to offer)
  • Planning your communications
  • Connecting you with your customers
  • Putting your marketing into action

To engage in this chat, you must be the owner of a North Canterbury based business, and that must be the business you discuss.

When: Wednesday 27 July
Where: Enterprise North Canterbury, 143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi or Online

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)

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)

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.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
25 Shands Road
Christchurch 8042


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
154 Aldwins Road
Christchurch 8011


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
56 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 High Street
Rangiora 7400


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
14 Strathallan Street
Timaru 7910

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