Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the Waikato region, New Zealand’s agricultural and pastoral heartland

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Free career advice

These free, one-to-one sessions with a career expert can help you make a personalised career plan.

If you are exploring studying or training, or want assistance to prepare your cv, talk to an experienced career expert. 


When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Shop 14, Dinsdale Shopping Centre

Five Cross Roads

When: Every Tuesday, 8.30am - 4.30pm and Wednesday 8.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Five Cross Roads, 3 Fifth Avenue

There are also 1 hour phone appointments available to those that cannot make it to a Connected site.

Request a booking connected_waikato@msd.govt.nz

Expand your horizons

Take a step towards the career you have always wanted with Wintec Te Pūkenga.

Wintec offers over 130 courses and qualifications at a variety of levels. From entry-level foundation studies that help you prepare for study; to hands-on technical training in vocational subjects (such as trades, horticulture, cooking); diplomas and degrees in a broad range of subjects (such a nursing, physiotherapy, social practice, science, business, information technology, media arts, and sport science); and postgraduate and master's qualifications in many specialist fields.

If you're exploring study - come and talk to an expert.


When: Tuesdays Fortnightly, 2pm – 4.30pm
Where: Connected Centre, Shop 14, Dinsdale Shopping Centre, Hamilton

Five Cross Roads

When: Wednesdays Fortnightly, 2pm - 4.30 pm
Where: Connected Centre, Five Cross Roads, 3 Fifth Avenue, Hamilton

To make an appointment connected_waikato@msd.govt.nz

Financing your studies

Do you need help to make informed choices about your student finance?

Do you have questions on starting to study, in study, returning to study or finishing study finances?

StudyLink has a drop in session where there will be a person to answer your questions.

When: Tuesdays Fortnightly,  2pm – 4.30pm (from Tuesday 21 November)
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Shop 14, Dinsdale Shopping Centre, Hamilton

Five Cross Roads Hamilton
When: Wednesdays fortnightly, 2pm - 4.30 pm (from Wednesday 15 November)
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Five Cross Roads, 3 Fifth Avenue, Hamilton

Request an appointment: connected_waikato@msd.govt.nz 

Support into employment

Are you disabled, have an injury or health condition limiting your ability to work?

Workbridge is free and they offer one-to-one sessions with an Employment Consultant to discuss career options for you. This is a drop in service.

When: Every Wednesday, 10.30am - 12pm
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income, Five Cross Roads, 3 Fifth Avenue

Phone appointments are available and someone from Work Bridge will make contact to discuss their services and how they can help.

Please email Connected_Waikato@msd.govt.nz to register interest and be contacted to make an appointment.

Connected pop-up

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

Connected is working in conjunction with Hamilton Public Library - and will be onsite weekly.
Come on down if you are interested in employment, any education or training available in the area, no appointment necessary.

When: Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm 
Where: Hamilton Public Library, 9 Garden Place, Hamilton


Café workers

Need some casual work over the summertime?

Look no further, than this popular café outside of Ngatea.

There are a range of opportunities available, such as:

  • Kitchen hands
  • Front of house
  • Cooks

Hours will vary, depending on how busy the café is.

A restricted driver’s licence is needed.

Sound interesting? (external link)

More Waikato 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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Learn English

Are you wanting to learn to use English more confidently in your daily life?

Join a class in your community and learn Kiwi English for your everyday life.

Classes are focussed on your needs – so no two classes are the same.

Contact English Language Partners to discuss your needs and find a class at your level that suits you.

Beginners English Classes

When: Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm
Where: Boundary Road, Claudelands Park, Settlement Centre Waikato, Hamilton 

Find out more and apply (external link)

Te Heke Mai

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 hello@tehekemai.co.nz or Phone 0800 938474

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 Waikato.

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

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)

Getting Kiwis into farm roles

Are you looking for support to employ new farm staff?

Federated Farmers and Ministry of Social Development have partnered to support farm employers and get more Kiwis onto the farm.

You can apply on behalf of your new to the ag sector employee for:

  • Dairy Farm Starter Kit
  • General Farm Starter Kit
  • Possible funding available through Flexi-wage
Find out more and apply (external link)

Workplace literacy and numeracy

Vision College can provide your team with free literacy and numeracy lessons that are catered to your work environment!

Tailored to meet the needs of the employees and company, assessing which areas your employees need support in and create a strategy to help them overcome any barriers within your company context.

This programme is free for employers and learners, and is delivered online or face-to-face in a setting suited to your company's needs

To sign your employees on to the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy programme, call on 0800 834 834.

Find out more (external link)

Join a business networking group

Business owners get the opportunity to help each other grow strong and exciting businesses by meeting, educating each other.

Attend Morebiz weekly business networking meetings with guest speakers from Thursday 10 February.

Networking helps you learn about other businesses and share the benefits of working with you. It's a great way to collect referrals and grow your business.

When: Every Thursday, 6.45am-8.30am
Where: Hamilton Workingmen's Club, 45 Commerce Street, Frankton

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
Shop 14
Dinsdale Shopping Centre
Hamilton 15295

Five Cross Roads

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
Five Cross Roads
3 Fifth Avenue
Hamilton 14117

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