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

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

When: In-person sessions every Wednesday or flexible by phone
Where: Connected, 506 Eastbourne Street West, Hastings

Booking required

Request a session with connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

School leaver sessions

Have you recently finished school and looking for your next step?

There are so many opportunities coming up in 2023, but it can be hard to know where to look or start. Come and chat to Tessa, your Hastings Employment Liaison Advisor
about what you could get involved with in 2023.

We'll have info on local jobs, getting free career advice and CV support, running a business and the many courses and programmes that are out there to support rangatahi in Hastings.

When: Monday 12 December, 11am and 2pm

Where: Connected, 506 Eastbourne Street West, Hastings

Email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz for more info or if you'd like to attend

Squash and Onion Packhouse Open Day

Come check out the opportunities at the Bostock packhouse.

Come along, learn and apply for jobs available at the Bostock Squash and Onion Packhouse. Bring your ID, bank account and IRD number; you can find a job on the spot!

Jobs available:
-Forklift drivers
-Bin makers

When: Thursday 8 December, 10am-12pm
Where: Bostock NZ Ltd, Gate 11, Kirkwood Road, Flaxmere

For more information contact connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

Find out more (external link)

Connected pop-up in Hastings Library

Come and meet your local Connected representative and learn about mahi, study and training opportunities.

Your local Connected Employment Liaison Advisor will be in the Hastings Library every Tuesday.

Pop in and find out about local jobs, get linked with free career advice and CV support, learn about courses, how to use the Connected website, or getting your drivers licence.

When: Every Tuesday, 12pm-4pm

Where: Hastings Library, 201 Eastbourne Street West

Drop in or email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz, if you'd prefer to book a time or have a phone call.

Connected pop-up in Maraenui

Connected will be available to help with all your Employment, Education, Training and Business Support queries in Maraenui fortnightly.

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

You will find the pop up at EIT.

When: Thursdays fortnightly, 9:30am - 12pm (Next Thursday 8 December)

Where: EIT Learning Centre, Bledisloe Road, Maraenui

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

Connected pop-up in Waipukurau

Connected will be at Te Huinga Wai on the first Monday of every month.

Come and talk about anything jobs, study, training or business with a friendly Connected Employment Liaison Advisor. We'll tell you about support and jobs available and where to go to find them, including the awesome Jobs for CHB team at Te Huinga Wai.

When: First Monday of every month, 9am-3.30pm

Where: Te Huinga Wai - The Knowledge & Learning Hub, 4 Bogle Brothers Esplanade, Waipukurau

Drop in for a chat, or email connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz


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)

Meat workers needed in Whakatu

Silver Fern Farms Pacific in Whakatu are looking for motivated and reliable learners who are keen to join their team.

Entry level jobs in meat processing available, and opportunties to move into compliance, quality assurance and leadership.

No previous experience is required for this role however, you must be physically fit, flexible, and have reliable transport.

About the job:

  • Day shift 6am-4pm or evening shift 4pm-12.30am
  • Full training provided, $24/hour
  • Monday-Friday with weekends as required
  • Weekly Physiotherapist, Nurse and Counsellor onsite

Apply through Ministry of Social Development by calling 0800 779 009 (Job #21774884)

Apply online (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)

Become a teacher in Hawke's Bay

Gain the skills and experience to be a great teacher, without having to leave the Bay.

EIT's Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree is a practice-based qualification where you will find yourself working alongside experienced teachers in local primary and intermediate schools for two days a week.

Over the other two days, you’ll be on-campus developing professional knowledge associated with subjects such as:

  • language and literacy,
  • mathematics,
  • science,
  • social studies,
  • art,
  • technology,
  • health and
  • physical education.

When: Starts 13 February, enrol and sort your StudyLink now!
Where: EIT campus, 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale & local schools

Find out more and enrol (external link)

Māia Wāhine programme

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

Are you a wahine aged 17 - 24? 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
  • Interview clothing
  • Transport support
  • Laptop while on the programme 

When: Starts Monday 5 December
In-person courses usually run Monday to Friday 9am - 2pm, online courses are flexible

Where: 405 Holt Place, Hastings

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

Find out more (external link)

Study support work in Waipukurau

Feel good about your career choice.

Do you want to develop the skills to enable you to enable others? How about the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing level 3 at EIT Waipukurau?

In this certificate, you'll be caring for and supporting children, adolescents and the elderly when they need it most. You could end up working in a hospital, or a residential or community setting.

When: 14 February 2023, 17 weeks full-time
Where: EIT Waipukurau Regional Learning Centre
Cost: Free

For more information, call 06 858 7009 or email fbarrett@eit.ac.nz

Enrol Now (external link)

Activity-based course for rangatahi

Learn with your hands at Workforce Development.

Are you 16-19 years old, learn by doing and don't like being stuck in a classroom? Te Hauhake i te Mana from Workforce Development could be perfect for you!

Te Hauhake it te Mana is a 21-week programme, fees free and you'll get a Level 1 Certificate in Foundation Skills at the end of it. Transport and kai included too!

The course is activity based, so you'll learn and do a range of indoor and outdoor tasks including:

  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tikanga
  • Fishing, diving & eeling
  • Design & construction
  • Camping
  • Agriculture

When: Rolling intakes, join anytime

Where: Workforce Development, 100 Lovedale Road, St Leonards, Hastings

Got questions? connectedhastings@msd.govt.nz

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 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)
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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

(external site)Tuesday 29 November, 10am (external site)

(external site)Wednesday 30 November, 7pm (external site)


Tuesday 6 December, 10am (external site)

(external site)Employers

No live sessions scheduled for 2022, watch a pre-recorded version. (external site)

Interested in Self-employment?

Are you thinking about taking those first steps towards self-employment? Work and Income can help you get started.

Come along to a self-employment seminar to learn about support, resources and funding available to start your own business. The Self Employment Work Broker will discuss the following products, eligibility and what you'd need to do:

  • Business Training and Advice Grant
  • Self-employment start-up payment
  • Flexi-wage for self-employment


When: Every Monday, 9am-10am

Where: Napier MSD, 245-247 Tennyson Street


When: Every Tuesday, 1pm - 2pm

Where: Hastings MSD, 506 Eastbourne Street  

Find out more: selfemployment_ec@msd.govt.nz

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.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
245 – 247 Tennyson Street
Napier 4110


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
506 Eastbourne St West

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