Find jobs, courses, business support and events in heartland New Zealand, the agriculturally-rich Manawatū-Whanganui region

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Free career advice

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

This free, one-on-one career advice and support includes:
  • Creating a personalised career plan
  • Exploring training and study options
  • Looking for job opportunities
  • Writing and updating CVs
  • Preparing for job interviews

To request an over the phone session, email your local Employment Liaison Advisor:

When: Flexible online appointments
To request an appointment email

When: Flexible online appointments
To request an appointment email

Palmerston North
When: Tuesdays by appointment, 9am to 4pm.
Remote appointments are also available.
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, 521 Main Street, Palmerston North 
To request an appointment email or contact Sarah on 029 201 3047 

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Mayors taskforce for jobs - Ruapehu

Are you a young person living in rural New Zealand facing challenges entering into the work force?

Do these challenges include:

  • A lack of access to opportunities to grow your skills,
  • Driver licencing competency and confidence, and
  • A general lack of access to employers?

If you are a young person currently not in education, employment or training, the Mayor’s Taskforce can help you.

You can receive mentoring, support and guidance while getting alongside employers to create opportunities for employment in the Ruapehu District.


Register your interest (external link)

Be dressed for success

Do you have nothing to wear and have an interview or are starting a new role?

Dress for Success appointments are aimed at women who may not be able to afford the upfront costs of a suitable outfit.

Book at work readiness session, with a stylist and wardrobe assistant. You may bring a support person. Sessions take approximately 1 hour.

You will receive advice and support, along with at least 1 full outfit, to keep (for free).
Other terms and conditions may apply.

Work readiness sessions are open by appointment only and are available for interviews, formal appointments, and starting employment. To book your session

More Manawatū-Whanganui jobs

Looking for other work? Check out Kimi Mahi Mai Find a Job, Work and Income’s recruitment website.

Kimi Mahi Mai 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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Move into a trade apprenticeship

Complete a four-week training programme before moving into an apprenticeship.

The training programme will equip you with soft and technical skills, cultural development, licensing, and the required certification to support you through to the next stage, being employment.

You will be supported by a team who are dedicated to empowering whānau in our community through education and employment.

There are a variety of trades available, such as:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing & Gasfitting
  • Building & Construction
  • Arborist
  • Landscaping, and more.
Submit your interest now (external link)

Upskill with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa have a wide range of classes in Palmerston North, Feilding and online with rolling start dates.

Upskill in the digital world, better your literacy and numeracy skills and learn our official languages (Sign Language or Te Reo Māori). Literacy Aotearoa can also help with upskilling employees in workplace literacy and numeracy.

The following courses are now open for you to join at any point:

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy
When: Wednesday, 10am - 12pm
Where: Palmerston North City Library, The Square

Sign Language Beginners
When: Wednesday, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Community House, 131 Manchester St, Feilding

Sign Language Advanced
When: Thursday, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Feilding Library, 10 Goodbehere St, Feilding

Online Basic Digital Literacy - Weekly online sessions for students wanting to learn more basic digital literacy.

Online Te Reo Beginners - Weekly held during the day or in the evening.

Enquire or ring the office on (06) 368 6064

For more information (external link)

Choose your course

Whatever level you’d like to study at, you can find a course to suit you in Manawatū-Whanganui

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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Grow your Māori business network

Meet and engage with the Whanganui Māori Business Network.

Te Manu Atatū connects you with other Māori business and the local business community.

Here is an exciting opportunity to meet and engage with fellow Māori entrepreneurs, professionals, and business leaders by joining the network. By becoming a member, you will be empowered through networking, education, support, connection, and celebration.

To be able to join you will:

  • Identify as Māori
  • Be a business owner
  • Be an Employee
  • Be a Professional
  • Be a student or job seeker
  • Live in the wider Whanganui region.
Join the network (external link)

Grow your Business

Do you need help to grow your business?

It’s a big decision to start your own business and it can be difficult to figure out what the first step is.

Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) has a team of Business Growth Advisors supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors across the Manawatū-Whanganui region, who are offering a wealth of information to make it easy to get started on your business journey.

Find out more (external link)

Starting a business in Whanganui?

Get Your business off to a great start with support from Whanganui & Partners.

Whanganui & Partners district’s strategic advantages have led to the development of a rich and diverse economy, known for innovative and niche businesses, and welcome new businesses to the community.

Every business start-up has different needs, and you will be connected to people who can help guide you through the process of getting your vision off the ground. 

For more information (external link)

Your business and tax

Attend Face to face seminars or webinars to guide you setting up your business correctly to meet your tax obligations.

Inland Revenue (IR) offers three practical sessions:

  • Starting a business? Introduction to Business offers information on 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? GST is to help you learn who needs to register for GST, what GST is charged on, what information must be recorded and how to send this to them, and ceasing your GST registration.
  • Are you employing? The Employers session covers who needs to register as an employer, and what information must be recorded and how to send it to IR.

With a choice of format, don't miss out and register today!

Check your options (external link)

Māori women's development

Māori Women’s Development Inc Supports wāhine Māori and their whānau in business.

Today Māori Women’s Development Inc is a unique, indigenous financial institution. Governed, managed and operated by Wāhine Māori, for the economic development of Wāhine Māori and their whānau.

MWDI provide micro-loans, business coaching & financial capability programmes. MWDI loans to Māori women and their whānau to enable and assist them to enter into and commence business and/or to expand and restructure their existing businesses.

Find out more (external link)

Business Development Support Ruapehu

Starting a new business or looking to expand?

The Ruapehu District Council is committed to constant improvement in customer experience by giving timely and correct information to customers including businesses.

If you want to start a new business, or have an existing business you want to expand or move to Ruapehu, set up a meeting with the Business Development and Relationship Manager.

The council can help you navigate any regulations or consents you may require, and help you interpret and understand information on Ruapehu's economy. This is a free service.

Contact Peggy on 07 895 8188 to book an appointment.

Find out more (external link)

Te Heke Mai

Te Heke Mai is a coaching programme providing support

Te Heke Mai is a coaching programme providing support to anyone who is looking for work, in training or starting new jobs.

Through a handy app, friendly real-life coaches help you to set goals specific to your individual journey and support and coach you through your journey and towards achieving your goals.

Te Heke Mai is designed to mentor and help individuals grow the skills to manage life and work challenges.

To discuss further email or Phone 0800 938474

For more information (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.


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Meredith House
Marae Street
Taumarunui 3920


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
153 St Hill Street
Whanganui 4500

Palmerston North

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
575 Main Street
Palmerston North 4410

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