Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the creative, innovative Tairāwhiti region, the food bowl of Aotearoa

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Free career advice

Get free career advice from an expert to help you gain confidence, make a plan and take your next steps into work or training.

This session can provide you with advice on:

  • Studying or training
  • Changing your career
  • Preparing your CV and cover letter
  • Applying for a job

Appointments are available to all

Request a booking denise.raymond@xtra.co.nz or call/Text 027 512 4500 

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Seasonal fruit picking roles

Spring has sprung and Summer is fast approaching, do you enjoy working outdoors?

Picknz is a great way to find where their are roles within the orchards and gardens of Tairāwhiti.

Current roles include Orchard hands requiring no previous experience and school hours available.

Check your options (external link)

Orchard Hands

Do you enjoy working outdoors? To be successful, you need to be a plant person with a love of harnessing the best from the land.

In this role, you will be working on a citrus orchard, harvesting fruit flowing on to pruning and planting.

Earn some extra cash for Christmas, on a competitive rate of $25-26 per hour depending on your output.

Find out more (external link)

More Tairāwhiti jobs

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

Find local vineyard work, port work and more.

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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Get your restricted licence

Do you have your learners licence and limited resources to progress on to your restricted licence?

Nga Ara Pai Community Driver Mentor Programme wants you to get your restricted licence. 

Through offering driving lessons for young drivers over a ten week period in an automatic car, your mentors will help you be ready to pass your test.

Cost $137 to sit your restricted licence.

Find out more and apply (external link)

Literacy Aotearoa free courses

Literacy Aotearoa are offering free short courses that are flexible and can be completed whenever you want.

Programmes for 2022

  • Digital Literacy: which can include anything for basic computing, security, emails, internet, devices (iphone, tablet, android) Microsoft applications and social media.
  • Drivers Education: NZ Learners Licence Theory
  • Literacy and Numeracy upskilling: which can cover a wide range of Literacy and Numeracy modules.

To make an app please email:  info.c6@literacy.org.nz

Find out more and register (external link)

Get road ready!

Do you live in Rural East Coast or Rural Tairawihti and want to get your full licence?

Being able to drive yourself legally brings freedom and job opportunities.

Graduate to all aspects of your Class 1 drivers licence:

  • Learners
  • Restricted
  • Full

This course is for you if you live on the East Coast past Whangara to Tokomaru Bay or Tairawhiti rural past Makaraka, Muriwai, Matawai

Please register your interest and the team from REAP will be in contact with course details and times.

Register today (external link)

Are you interested in farming?

Farm based training cadets are involved in the management and development of the training farm.

You will learn about determining and reviewing the stock policy, planning, decision making and attending to the day to day operations of the farm.

Scholarship places are available through the Māori Trade Training Programme.

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 Tairāwhiti.

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)

Tairāwhiti business growth and support webinars

Digitally connecting you with business support and services available to all industry sectors across the Tairāwhiti region.

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

All sessions have been recorded and are available for you to watch at anytime.

Sessions available include:

Trust Tairāwhiti – Assisting the wellbeing of people, the success of businesses, and the future of the region through community trust and economic development agencies.

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

Poutama Trust - To grow Māori enterprise; culturally, socially, and economically for the benefit of current and future generations

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

Callaghan Innovation – Partnering with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing innovation, research, and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth

Connected.govt.nz - Connecting you to support for your business

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

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

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

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

Employment.govt.nz - An introduction and update to your rights and responsibilities as an employer

Business.govt.nz - Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help kiwi businesses

Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world

Watch now (external link)

Find COVID-19 support

Do you need support to help your business cope with the challenges caused by COVID-19?

Trust Tairāwhiti’s Takihoko Business team is part of the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP).

It has specialist business advisors available to support local business as the impact of COVID-19 is increasingly felt in our region.

Support available can include help with HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity planning, finance and cashflow management, and business mentoring. 

Find out more (external link)

Poutama Tangata - free coaching sessions

These sessions are available to Māori SMEs seeking guidance with their ‘people’ needs and requirements.

The Employers and Manufacturers Association and Poutama deliver the 'Poutama Tangata’ group coaching programme to small and medium sized Māori businesses across Aotearoa.

The sessions focus on:

  • tools and techniques to help lead your people,
  • creating the right culture to attract and retain your people.

The free online group coaching sessions with EMA’s HR Specialist Nikki Iuli are held the third Wednesday of each month. Beyond these sessions, 1 on 1 support is also available at a special rate.

To find out more: email Nikki.iuli@emabop.co.nz

Find out more (external link)

Support from Trust Tairāwhiti

Trust Tairāwhiti wants to support your business recovery and growth and make sure you know where to buy your lunch in turn supporting local business.

The Trust has two dedicated business growth advisors who can help owners and managers strengthen and grow their businesses, whether it’s through training and funding opportunities, or providing advice and support during challenging times.

Find out more (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
Tangata Rite Building
106 Lowe Street
Gisborne 4010

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