Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Nelson-Tasman region, a leading fisheries hub and craft beer pioneer

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Free career advice

Would you like free advice from a career expert to help you take your next step into work, study or training?

If so, book a free one-to-one session with a career professional to make a personalised career plan or create a CV.

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Hospitality, accommodation and tourism expo

There is mahi for everyone. Don't miss out!

Come along with your CV and meet a range of employers who are ready to hire you.

Whether you're searching for a new job, a second job or a summer job - We've got something for you.

This is an event brought to you by Hospitality NZ, Go with Tourism, and supported by Connected, MSD, Uniquely Nelson and NCC.

When: Monday 28 November, 9.30am - 11.30am
Where: Trafalgar Centre, Paru Paru Rd

No need to register, just come on down!

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Support for young job seekers

If you’re aged 16-24, Youth Employment Success could help you gain confidence in your chosen industry.

Youth Employment Success gives rangatahi opportunities to meet youth-friendly employers who can help them explore the industry they’re interested in.

Find out more (external link)

Help enhance the environment

Start your career with Nelmac

Nelmac's responsibility is to do all they can to protect, renew and enhance the environment - not just for the collective benefit now, but to meet the shared moral obligation to improve the environmental legacy for future generations.

Nelmac have a variety of roles available:

  • Horticulture Parks Rangers,
  • Conservation Rangers,
  • Gareners (Casual),
  • Campground Assistant,
  • Mower Operator,
  • Turf Assistants,
  • Traffic Management Operative,
  • Green Spaces Operator in Murchison,
  • Drainage Operator

If any of this sparks your interest apply now!

Apply now (external link)

Support worker roles

Kick start your career with Idea Services

Come and join Idea Services for an open day and find out more about becoming a support worker.
Idea Services offers competitive pay, great work/life balance, and support to achieve up to L4 qualifications.

Meet the team and discover how you can kick-start your career.

When: Wednesday 23 November, 10am - 3pm
Where: 148 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson

Find out more (external link)

Hospitality Stars Needed

Food Prep & Service Roles Nelson-Richmond

Have you got a bright and happy personality, a willingness to 'jump in and get your hands dirty', good customer service skills and flexible working hours?

Nelson employers have roles including:

  • Sandwich Artist,
  • Front of House,
  • Trainee Barista,
  • Fast food Assistant,
  • kitchen hand, and
  • Café Assistant roles.

Some roles offer full training, generally these employers are looking for people able to work in small teams and unsupervised once trained.

If this sounds like you, or you'd like more information, Please contact:

Begin a career in construction

Construction & Extraction roles available

Nelson employers are looking for people now!

Roles include:

Asbestos demolition worker - Involving removal of friable/non friable asbestos, full-time work with full training offered - must hold site safe & friable/non-friable asbestos removal certs.

Truss fabricator - Temporary & permanent roles. Working in a factory as part of a production team assembling to order, using power & hand tools. Must be physically fit to lift frames and timber.

Insulation Installer - Installing insulation into new homes and commercial buildings. Must have minimum restricted licence, Full-time role.

For more information please contact:

Traffic Management Technician

Looking for a new career opportunity in traffic control?

A great opportunity to learn the skills required and complete relevant training for traffic management.

No experience necessary, full training and support provided with plenty of scope for ongoing career development.

Ideally you will hold a Class 2 drivers licence and be able to drive a manual car.

Weekdays guaranteed with a minimum of 20hrs, option to work up to 40hrs, times will vary.

Starting rate of $22.75

For more information please email:

Hospitality roles across Nelson and Richmond

From front of house to preparing food, if there's a role within the hospitality industry, Ministry of Social Development can help you find it.

Roles currently looking to be filled include: Front of House, Crew Member: Fast Food, Sushi Chef, Bar Staff, Cook, Food & Beverage Attendant and Deli Assistant.

Ideally, you will have great people and communiation skills, be a team player, able to work weekends,nights and rostered shifts.

There is plenty of opportunity for those with no experience, however, some roles require previous experience or qualifications/certificates.

If any of these roles interest you, please email your CV along with a brief outline of your experience to:

Port Nelson job opportunities

Do you love working outdoors? Port Nelson has some great stevedore roles and more available.

Are you able to work a range of shifts including nights and weekends, fit and active, have a full drivers licence?
Port Nelson need:

  • Forklift Operators
  • Administration Support
  • Systems Support
  • and more

Find out more and apply (external link)

Fish factory process worker

An employer is looking for temporary employees for their coated fish processing factory.

You need to be able to commit to working until the end of September.

They are looking for motivated people, who take pride in achieving goals and delivering quality work. You may not currently have the skills, but you will be able to demonstrate from past experiences, a willingness and aptitude for learning, flexibility to adapt to changing needs and being a part of a productive and harmonious working team.

To be considered, you will:

  • Be 100% committed to Health and Safety,
  • Be able to work with continuous processing,
  • Have good time management skills and hand eye coordination,
  • Be physically able to do heavy lifting.
  • Good knife skills are beneficial.

A variety of roles are availble, and include: General Hand; Trimmer; Filleter; Packer; Machine Operator; Experienced Forklift Driver; and Industrial Cleaners.

Pay rates start at $21.20 plus shift allowance. 

If you are interested in applying, send your CV to

Meat processors

Full-time temporary night shift positions have become available at the local Meat Works.

Preference will be given to people with meat work experience, proven knife skills or experience in animal/yard care. All applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment medical and drug tests.

Hours of work will be Monday to Friday 4.30pm – 2.30am. You must have reliable transport to get to and from work.

For more information please email 

NZ Red Cross Pathways to Employment

If you are a former refugee looking for educational or employment opportunities and/or you are currently getting a Work and Income benefit, get in touch with the NZ Red Cross Regional Pathways to Employment team.

NZ Red Cross pathways to employment programme helps former refugees plan employment, education, training and career goals to ultimately find work.

For the Nelson region, get in touch with

Find out more (external link)

Manufacturing Factory workers

Does manufacturing to meet daily targets sound like you?

Are you good a time management? 

Manufacture or repairs will be carried out to meet the relevant customer specification, whilst minimising waste.

Health and Safety is of paramount importance and you will be required to understand relevant hazards and controls whilst ensuring your areas are always kept at a high level of housekeeping standard.

The ideal person will have 1yr relevant experience, but training will be provided for the right applicant.

If you are interested, please send your CV to, quote Job# 21897996

More Nelson-Tasman 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)

Retail assistant roles

Do you love working with people? Retail superstars needed!

There are a number of full-time and part-time retail roles available across Nelson & Richmond.

Experience will be an advantage, but retail employers ideally want someone with a bright, bubbly personality who can work unsupervised, think for themselves, but who is also a team player.

Find out more
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Get your Certificate in Hospitality

Are you aged 16-19? Are you interested in a career in Hospitality?

Study for your NZ Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) and NCEA Level 2 in their 30 week programme at the Nelson Training Centre. This includes a 2 week term breaks obeserved by mainstream schools. Start when you want, the course is offered on a rolling intake.

You will learn in a very practical and hands on learning environment and work experience within local hospitality businesses for suitable learners.

As a youth guarantee funded programme, this course is free for those aged 16-19.
Students 18yrs + are eligible for Student Allowance.

If this sounds like you, or you want to find out more, contact

Find out more (external link)

Study options with NMIT

Not sure of your next step?

NMIT offers a free career conversation service so pop in for a chat?  No strings attached.   

NMIT has some great, free study options under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship (TTAF) funding which allow study next year, without using up your ‘fees free’ funding.

These include:

  • IT,
  • aquaculture,
  • trades,
  • viticulture,
  • horticulture programmes, and
  • more.

Book a chat (external link)

Reach your potential with Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa is established to develop, promote and deliver accessible, quality literacy services designed to help you reach your full potential.

They offer a varierty of free courses (all with rolling intake):

  • Literacy & Numeracy,
  • Basic Computing Digital Literacy,
  • Supported Learning,
  • CV & Cover Letter programme,
  • Learner Licence,
  • Digital Literacy (Documents, Word, Excel),
  • Class 2 Licence,
  • Literacy & Financing my Future.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact Literacy Aotearoa on 03 548 3041 or checkout the Literacy Aotearoa website (external site).

Choose your course

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

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)

Lunch and learn

If social media overwhelms you, learn more here.

Don't know where to start with social media or whether you're doing it right? This workshop is for you.

This free event will help you understand:
the essentials of showing off your business,
what content you should be putting out there, and
how to create and grow your online community through key actions.

When: Tuesday 22 November, 12pm -1pm
Where: Pūtangitangi Greenmeadows Centre, Kotuku Room, Main Rd Stoke Nelson

Find out more (external link)

Your Brand, Your Why

Branding your way for your business.

If you are a new start-up, re-finiding your business mojo, a serial business improvement seeker or not sure why business isn't quite firing the way you would like, then this workshop is for you.

Presenter; Chris Hall, Business Box.
When: Wednesday 23 November, 3pm - 5pm.
Where: Mahitahi COLAB, NMIT Campus A Block, 322 Hard ST, Nelson.

Find out more (external link)

BizBreak - November

A chance for local business owners to network in a relaxed and down to earth setting.

Join Business Assist for this free event to connect, share ideas, build networks, find businesses with common goals, generate new referrals and learn more about our Nelson-Tasman business community.

When: Wednesday 30 November, 10am -11am
Where: Morrison Café, 244 Hardy St

Find out more (external link)

7 ways to grow your business

Learn the 7 areas in your business for growth & improvement.

Learn the areas in your business that you can influence as well as strategies to adopt for growth and improvement. Covering the Five A's of change to help you break barriers to change and teach you how to manage and monitor your business's dashboard.

Presenter: Michael Parer,Crux.
When: Wednesday 30 November 9.30am - 11.30am.
Where: Mahitahi COLAB, NMIT Campus A Block, 322 Hard ST, Nelson.

Find out more (external link)

IR Support after flooding

Inland Revenue understands the recent flooding has affected some customers’ ability to comply with their tax obligations, including filing and paying on time.

The floods will affect farmers and grower’s income for the 2023 income year. Late deposits for the 2022 year can be made until 31 May 2023. IR can also accept early refund requests if you have been negatively affected by the flooding across the region.

Find out more (external link)

NMIT and Employer Partnerships

Support learning for your staff or provide support for NMIT students learning.

Whether you are looking to upskill your employees or offering your support to work with NMIT students, Community Liaison Sheree Wilcox is available to work with you.

Sheree will have a chat with you to understand the goals for your business and employees.

Email her for a free 15-30 minute conversation:

Business growth and support pre-recorded webinars

Digitally connecting you with business support and services available to all industry sectors across the West Coast, Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough regions.

Watch as many webinars as you’d like, to hear about the offerings provided by the agency hosting. 

The Business Growth and Support Virtual Conference is brought to you by Connected and Digital Boost. (external site)

Agencies represented include:

Connected - Connecting you to support for your business

The Networkers - Creating opportunities by helping people build new connections and strong relationships with inspiring, friendly people

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

NZ Trade & Enterprise - Helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally

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

Business Trust Marlborough - Business Trust Marlborough is here to assist businesses of all types - startups as well as existing businesses

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce - We exist to unlock business vitality. We support local business growth through effective promotion and business development opportunities

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce - Helping to create the best commercial environment in which you can achieve your business goals

Nelson Regional Development Agency - Unlock the economic potential of Nelson Tasman, to enable our people and places to thrive

Development West Coast - Endeavoring to promote employment and generate sustainable economic benefits in the West Coast

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

Inland Revenue - Here to support you, whether you’re new to business or need some help to get on the right track - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help Kiwi businesses save time and succeed

Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world

Watch today (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
22 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010

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