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Central North Island Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference

Digitally connecting you with business support and services available to all industry sectors across the Central North Island.

The Central North Island Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference is brought to you by and, to connect you with business support and services available, to all industry sectors across the Central North Island.

Join as many sessions as you’d like, to hear about the offerings provided by the agency presenting.

Register today to find out more.

When: Tuesday 6 December - Thursday 8 December

Tuesday 6 December

12.15pm - 12.45pm

Connected - Connecting you to support for your business 

1pm - 1.30pm - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer

1.45pm - 2.15pm - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help kiwi businesses

2.30pm - 3pm

Te Puni Kōkiri - Services by Māori, for Māori and with Māori, to support the growth and sustainability of your business

3.15pm - 3.45pm

NZ Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand Businesses to grow internationally

Wednesday 7 December

12.15pm - 12.45pm 

Manawatū Business Chamber - Encouraging and supporting integrated business growth that creates wealth and employment throughout the Manawatū region

1pm - 1.30pm

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce - The voice of Taranaki business championing the local economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity

1.45pm - 2.15pm 

He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki - Bringing together and supporting Māori business for growth and development

2.30pm - 3pm

Whanganui & Partners - Build your business. A central location, healthy economy, developed infrastructure and low operating costs make us a destination of choice.

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Māori Women's Development Inc - Supporting wāhine Māori and their whānau in business

Thursday 8 December

12.15pm - 12.45pm 

EMA - Supporting New Zealand organisations through business training courses, network support & business advocacy groups

1pm - 1.30pm 

Amotai - Unlocking opportunities for Māori and Pasifika businesses through supplier diversity

1.45pm - 2.15pm 

Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business

2.30pm - 3pm 

Inland Revenue - Here to support you, whether you’re new to business or need some help to get on the right track

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world

Watch today (external link)

Trades open day

Join us for a day of trades information, fun and activities for the family.

Come along and meet the recent graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry level 3, learn about the Maori Pasifika Trade Training Scholarship scheme and hear from our local employment support services in the community.

Additional information will be available on Site Safe, Scaffolding, Painting and Plastering Certification. Listen to 'wahine in trades' share their personal jouneys to success.

Pop past the Connected stand to say hi.

When: Friday 16 December, 12 noon onwards
Where: BP Road Trade School, Matapuna, Taumarunui

Join us for lunch, games and loads of fun!

Looking for work over the summer?

Join us to find out more on the Whanganui UCOL Te Pūkenga campus forecourt.

Learn about current employment opportunities, future education and training and how we can help with your career direction! 

When: Tuesday 13 December, 12pm - 2pm
Where: UCOL campus forecourt

Bring all your whanau and friends.

Free BBQ available from 12pm until gone.

For more information, please contact (external site)

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 or

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Begin a career in Forestry

Earn while you learn!

A local Taumarunui employer is looking for multiple Forestry Workers to join their hard-working team.

Roles are all-year round and duties include learning all aspects of forestry:

  • preparing and maintain the ground surrounding trees,
  • plant, prune and thin trees,
  • monitor and measure growth of trees, and
  • any other required tasks for the position.

No previous experience is required for the role. Full Training is provided.

Gain your level 1-4 forestry qualifications for free while working.

Email to apply

Metal Polisher needed

A Whanganui based company is seeking metal polishers.

Do you have light engineerig machinery skills? This could be the opportunity for you.

Expect your hands to get dirty in this is a factory enviroment position. You will need to be physically fit due to standing and polishing aluminum products.

Ask about the other positions available with this company.

If this is something you would like more information about, please email

Kiwifruit pruners needed - Start today!

Start today pruning kiwifruit at an orchard in Mangmahu just out of Whanganui.

This employer offers courses to encourage employees a chance to grow and learn with the company.

To be successful you will need to be a hard worker, reliable, keen to learn, with a restricted or full driver licence and have reliable transport.

Shifts are Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm with scope for a 9am - 2pm shift, if there is enough interest.

Training will be provided. 

Online application form needs to be completed. If you are interested, apply today!

Register today (external link)

Meat processing workers needed

A local Whanganui based Meat Processing Factory seeks Meat Processing Workers for various roles

Vacancies are available in following departments:

  • Boning Floor
  • Packing Floor
  • Yards
  • Grounds
  • Forklift
  • Engineering Manager
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Maintenance Fitter
  • Superivors and many more.

Applicants must pass a health check and have reliable transport to get to work. Minimum of 30 hours per week.

Find out more email

Mayors taskforce for jobs

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, or due to the economic impacts of erhaps you have lost your recent employment due to the impacts of COVID-19 then we want to hear from you!

We offer mentoring, support and guidance while getting alongside employers to create opportunities for employment in the Ruapehu District.


Register your interest (external link)

Hospitality in Whanganui

Looking for a fast-paced environment?

The hospitality industry is calling out for interested people who are willing to learn and have a can-do attitude.  Experience is not always essential but is a bonus. 

Call into Whanganui Work and Income service centre to talk to a work broker about these opportunities, or email and write ‘Work in the area!’ in the subject line.

More Manawatū-Whanganui 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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Agriculture Womans Development Trust

The Central Plateau Vet Society Inc is offering a student scholarship to study an Agricultural related degree.

Open to family members of the Central Plateau Vet Society Inc members, intending to study Veterinary Science or an Agricultural related degree at either Massey or Lincoln University.
Areas of study include: Agriculture, Business and Management, Horticulture, Viticulture & Oenology, Red Meat & Wool, Dairy, Food Technology and Processing.

One scholarship of up to $4,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant.
The scholarship round is now open and closes Saturday 26 November. For application forms and information contact

Beginners Shearing

Interested in shearing? Join this course to learn some of the basics including health and safety.

This short course is designed to enhance specific work practice skills and the health and safety of people in rural workplaces.

You will learn practical aspects of shearing and wool handling including:

  • setting up for shearing,
  • wool handling and wool pressing,
  • first aid and health & safety in the workplace.

Register your interest in the up-coming round of training: call 07 895 3495 or email

Free study in Whanganui

New to study? Fees free at Te Pūkenga UCOL Whanganui may be your option.

Fees free tertiary education offers a year of free study for anyone new to study. If you have never studied at the teritary level before, then this applies to you!

Find out more about the courses available through this scheme, please contact Kaylee

First Aid

Refresh your First Aid Skills

Refresh your First Aid Knowledge.

The Refresher Course is suitable for people who have had a Full First Aid Certificate in the last 2 years and wish to keep that qualification current. You have 2 years and 3 months from the issue date of your last First Aid Certificate to complete a Refresher Course to keep your certification active.

When: Wednesday 14 December
Where: 115 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui,
Cost: $155 (GST inclusive)

To register for this course call (07)8968680

Find out more (external link)

Fees free passenger licence

Are you interested in driving as a career? Get your large passenger service licence today!

Do you enjoy meeting people? With the borders reopening, the tourism and transport sector are about to pick up, getting your P Endorsement is a great option. Take the first step towards driving as a career.

To be eligible you will need to have held your full class 1 drivers licence for 2 years, complete a medical certificate and provide an acceptable form of identification.

Enrolements are open now with five "fees free" spaces available.

Find out more and register: Te Awanui A Rua Trust on 07 895 3495 or email

Move into a trade apprenticeship

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

Whanganui, Tupoho are offering an opportunity to move into a trade apprenticeship. 

The training programme will equipe 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 motivated and focused. Supported by a team who are dedicated to empowering whānau in our community through education and employment.

A select number of spaces are available for Roofing, Plumbing and Gas fitting, Joinery, Metal and Greenkeeping. 

Registrations are now open. 

Interested? Register (external link)

Fencing and tractor training

Learn installation and maintainenance of farm fences and tractors.

On this part-time course you will learn about:

  • workplace risks,
  • personal wellbeing,
  • vehicle and merchandised equipment maintenance.
  • Learn to operate mowers, post hole borers, post hole drivers, tractor carriages.
  • Install battens and apply fencing wire.

Expressions of interest are now open for the next enrolment round.

For more information or to register phone 07 895 3495 or email

Pest Control Operations

Are you passionate about growing Aotearoa's native wildlife population?

Learn the skills and knowledge required to carry out pest control. This is a full-time 36 week course.

Express your interest now in the next enrolment round:. Phone 07 895 3495 or email

Basic digital skills course

Kanorau Digital will help you to connect to the digital world and demystify the internet for you.

Learn how to send and check emails, use tools to create,organise and connect to the digital world, solve common problems using online resources, explore day to day tasks such as online shopping and banking and learn to stay safe when your online.

Programme delivery runs in 3hr long sessions to be arranged once 10 participants have signed up per group. The course is free of charge.

All chrome books, modems and wifi are provided for each session. Dont miss out, grab a friend and register your name today at

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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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)

Whanganui's Te Manu Atatū Business support

Te Manu Atatū Whangnanui, in connection with, the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) is a gateway that connects you to the right advice, people and resources.

Firstly, they'll help you identify the needs and opportunities within your business. They will provide you with targeted advice, information, referrals and connections.They might connect you with a business mentor, help you boost your management skills, or access R&D funding or expertise through Callaghan Innovation.

You may also be eligible for Capability Management Funding to access training and advice from a training specialist.

Find out more (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)

Starting a business in Whanganui?

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

Our district’s strategic advantages have led to the development of a rich and diverse economy, known for innovative and niche businesses. We welcome new businesses to our community and invite you to discover what Whanganui can do for you and your business.

Whanganui & Partners, the regional economic development agency for Whanganui, is here to support new businesses. Every start-up has different needs, and we know exactly who to connect you with to help guide you through the process of getting your vision off the ground.

Needing 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
521 Main Street
Palmerston North 4410

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