Hawke's Bay

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Hawke’s Bay region, famous for its food, wine and relaxed lifestyle

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Free career advice in Hawke's Bay

Have a free one-to-one session with a career expert that can help you make a personalised career plan.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • studying or training
  • changing careers
  • preparing your CV and cover letter
  • applying for jobs

Appointments are available to all.

To make a time or find out more email hilary.scott-ker@accomplish.net.nz or call/text 0221099881

LSV Information Session

Are you a rangatahi looking to change your life?

If you're aged between 18 and 24 and not currently studying, training or working, you can get a fresh start and the tools to get a job with the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course.

This six-week training course is run by the New Zealand Defence Force and gives you a chance to take part in a range of activities including tramping and fitness training, be provided with advice on basic budgeting and interview skills as well as earn NZQA credits.

For the six weeks you'll live on an army base in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, and all living costs will be covered, including transport to the course.
The next intake starts Monday 15 August in Trentham, Wellington.

If you are interested in finding out more about LSV, Connected are hosting information sessions.
When: Every Wednesday, 2pm - 3pm
Where: Connected, 245 Tennyson Street, Napier

Find out more about LSV (external link)

Connected pop-ups in Maraenui

Connected service will be in Maraenui every week.

If you are needing support to navigate your training or employment options, come and meet with our friendly Employment Liaison Advisor.

You will find this pop up at:


When: Thursdays fortnightly, 9am - 12pm (Starting 7 July)

Where: EIT Learning Centre, Bledisloe Road, Maraenui

Tipu Ake Tonu

When: Fridays fortnightly, 9am - 12pm (Starting 15 July)

Where: Tipu Ake Tonu, Bledisloe Road, Maraenui

If you would prefer to book a time to secure a korero, email Connectednapier@msd.govt.nz

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Grow a career in horticulture

Find and apply for local orchard and packhouse jobs online through PickNZ.

Te Matau-a-Māui (Hawke's Bay) is famous for apples, kiwifruit, summerfruit (apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums) and wine. There are jobs now in grape and apple pruning, cankering, orchard development, tractor work and packing.

There are both sustainable and fixed term jobs, whatever job or career you're looking for in horticulture, Pick NZ is the place to start. Horticulture has lots of opportunities, whether you want to start earning right now or are wanting to build a year-round career.

Find opportunities (external link)

Looking for a career in care?

Connected has resources and support to help you into a care career and some upcoming interviews.

There are lots of jobs and careers in care, where you can earn money and make a difference in people's lives. 

There are 6 different career pathways in care and support work:

  • Disability Support,
  • Home and Community,
  • Mental Health and Addictions,
  • Aged Care,
  • Social Services and Peer Support, and
  • Youth Work. 

Who: Anyone interested in care and support work in Hawke's Bay, from Waipukurau to Wairoa

The team at your local Connected Centre will email you information and would love to have a Kōrero.

Email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

Yard Maintenance workers needed

Do you have your full licence and love working outdoors? Yard work could be for you.

Clean Cut HB are looking for people to join their crew.

You will have experience in the following aspects of the role

  • Lawn mowing
  • Fencing
  • Concreting
  • Rubbish removal and anything in between.

You will need to have a full licence as you may be required to use the company vehicles.

If this sounds like you, please send your full name and phone number connectednapier@msd.govt.nz

Packhouse workers needed!

Interviews available Tuesday at the Ministry of Social Development office in Hastings. Book yours today.

Mr Apple are seeking staff for their packhouse in Whakatu, Hastings. 

  • Day shift: 6am-3.30pm 
  • Night shift: 4pm-2.15am
  • Transport is available for day shift staff
  • $22.10 p/h
  • MOJ check required (case by case)
  • Season ends mid-august 
  • Must be vaccinated 

Interviews are happening in the Hastings MSD office

When: Tuesday 5 July, 10am -12pm

Where: MSD office, 506 Eastbourne Street North, Hastings

To secure an interview, email connectednapier@msd.govt.nz

Keen on construction?

Connected has resources and support to help you into a construction career.

There are lots of jobs and careers in construction, whether you want to get stuck in and make money now or work towards a long term goal.

There are 3 main areas of construction:

  • Civil construction - building and maintaining public infrastructure like roads, bridges, dams and airports
  • Residential construction - where people sleep: family homes, boarding houses, hostels, and garages
  • Commercial construction - industrial facilities and factories, warehouses and offices

Who: Anyone interested in construction work in Hawke's Bay, from Waipukurau to Wairoa.

The team at your local Connected Centre will email you information and would love to have a Kōrero.

Email: connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

Join the crew at Carters

There are multiple jobs available across the Hawke's Bay region.

From machine operators to manufacturing to despatch, Carters Napier are seeking a motivated and hardworking go-getters to join their dynamic team. Business is booming and the team need additional team players to keep up the pace.

You must be able to pass a medical and drug test, be reliable and punctual. Experience is preferred but not essential. Some of the roles require a forklift licence.
Day and night shifts are available.

If this sounds like you.

Find out more (external link)

More Hawke's Bay 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)

Māia Wahine programme

Be inspired, encouraged and empowered to get the mahi that you want surrounded by like-minded women and supporters.

Do you want to meet new people, develop skills, or gain professional development and support?

The Development Hub can support you with:

  • CV & cover letter
  • Employer relationships
  • Mental health support
  • Interveiw clothing
  • Transport support
  • Laptop while on the programme

When: In-person courses usually run Monday to Friday 9am - 2pm, online courses are flexible

Where: 405 Holt Place, Hastings

Find out more and register email hello@thedevelopmenthub.nz or phone 0800 338 482

Check out The Development Hub (external link)

Mahi waka: Get your transport sorted

Want to get your drivers licence and help getting your own transport?

Mahi Waka is a programme run by Land Based Training to help you with transport to and from work and more.

You come with a job to start, they'll help you get there!

What you'll get:
-Transport to and from work for first 3 months
-Drivers licence, budgeting, saving and goal setting help
-Support with purchasing transport and pre-purchase checks

Who: Mahi Waka is a collaboration with MSD, eligibility may apply
Where: 240 Warren Street North, Hastings (supporting whānau across Hawke's Bay)
When: Available now, get in touch!

Contact tim@landbasedtraining.co.nz or 021750417 to get started or find out more

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Hawke's Bay

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)

Take control of your future

EIT's Future Direction certificate will introduce you to a range of subject areas.

If you are aged 16 - 60, you could sign up for this free course. You will be exposed to the following subjects:

  • Outdoor adventure such as kayaking
  • Barbering and Hairdressing
  • Barista skills
  • Automotive skills

This is a 17 week course running from Monday 18 July to Thursday 24 November, 9am - 2:30pm and 9am - 12:30pm, 3 1/2 days a week

You will also get the 2 week school term holidays.

This opportunity is perfect for those wanting to transition into further study or employment.

If you would like to register for this programme, email or call Sue Jackson sjackson@eit.ac.nz or 06 830 1521

Hawke's Bay Business Growth and Support webinars

Wondering what supports are available for your business in Hawke's Bay?

The Hawke’s Bay Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference was brought to you by Connected.govt.nz and DigitalBoost.co.nz, to connect you with the business support and services available, to all industry sectors across the Hawke’s Bay region.

The recordings are available to view and share on the Digital Boost YouTube channel, a great resource for SMEs from Wairoa to Waipukurau to connect with support.

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
245 – 247 Tennyson Street
Napier 4110


Work and Income Employment Centre
506 Eastbourne St West

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