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Connected pop-ups at Hutt Valley Libraries

Come and meet your local Connected representative and find information on local employment, education and training opportunities.

Pop in and find out about local employment opportunities, referral to CV support, support for career pathways and introduction to the connected.govt.nz website and how it can support your next steps to employment, education and training.

Upper Hutt Library

When: Mondays fortnightly starting 16 May, 11am - 12pm

Where: Upper Hutt Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Taita Library

When: Second to last Tuesday of the month, 11am - 12pm

Where: Walter Nash Stadium, 20-22 Taine Street, Taita

Lower Hutt Library

When: First Tuesday of the month, 11am - 12pm

Where: Lower Hutt Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

Wainuiomata Library

When: Second Tuesday of the month 11am - 12.00 

Where: Wainuiomata Hub Library 1A Queens St Wainuiomata

Drop-in or email connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Looking for a trade apprenticeship?

If you’re a Work and Income client looking for a job in the construction industry, pop into Connected Porirua to talk to someone from Kiwi Can Do and see if they can offer you a place on a pre-employment course.

Kiwi Can Do recruits 100 Work and Income job seekers to become trainees each month.

Please contact connectedporirua@msd.govt.nz


Need support with a mental or physical disability? Returning to the workforce after an injury or illness

Pop into one of the below Work and Income service centres to speak with someone from Workbridge about your options.

Lower Hutt

When: Monday's fortnightly, 11am - 1pm

Where: Connected, Work and Income, 317 High Street



When: Monday's fortnightly, 11am - 1pm

Where: Work and Income, 2 Vogel Street



When: Monday's fortnightly, 11am - 1pm

Where: Work and Income, 5 Te Ara Raukura Shop 3


Upper Hutt

When: Monday's fortnightly, 11am - 1pm

Where: Work and Income service centre, 164 Main Street

For more information, please e-mail: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

APM Employment Service

Have a disability or health condition and want to work?

APM understands how daunting it can be to return to the world of work, especially if you're living with the challenges of a disability or health condition.

Drop in to Connected to talk to APM about support to prepare for work, find a job and stay in employment.

Lower Hutt
When: Tuesday fortnightly, 9am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

When: Every Thursday, 9am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, Lincoln Road, Masterton

Upper Hutt
When: Tuesday fortnightly, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Work and Income Service Centre, 164 Main Street

When: Tuesday fortnightly, 10am - 12pm
Where: Work and Income Service Centre, 5 Te Ara Raukura Shop 3, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

When: Tuesday fortnightly, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Work and Income Service Centre, 2 Vogel Street

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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.

Discuss your short and long term career goals with a professional career advisor.  They can help you create your CV and cover letters, understand your transferrable skills and find out how you can use them in a new job or training.

Careers advisors are available in the Masterton, Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata, Naenae and Porirua.   


When: Every Thursday, 9am - 4pm

Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 49-51 Lincoln Road. Virtual meetings available on request.

Request a session connectedwairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Lower Hutt 

When: Friday fortnightly, 9am - 3pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street

Request a session  ConnectedLowerHutt@msd.govt.nz


When: Every Thursday, 9am - 3pm

Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place

Request a session  Connectedporirua@msd.govt.nz


When: Every second Wednesday, 9am - 3pm

Where: Work and Income service centre, 5 Te Ara Raukura

Request a session  ConnectedLowerHutt@msd.govt.nz


When: Every second Wednesday, 9am - 3pm

Where: Work and Income service centre, 2 Vogel Street

Request a session  ConnectedLowerHutt@msd.govt.nz

Upper Hutt 

When: Every second Friday 9am - 3pm

Where: Work and income Service Centre, 162-164 Main Street

Request a session  connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Whitireia and WelTec

Are you looking for study options? Call in and meet with a Liaison officer from Whitireia and Weltec.

Whitireia Weltec offer a wealth of study options, youth and international programmes.  You might find just what you are looking for to take the next step.

The campuses are spread across Petone, Porirua and Wellington city.

When: Mondays fortnightly, 10am - 12pm 

Where: Connected Centre, Lower Hutt Work and Income, 317 High Street

Employment placement for young people

Future Leaders’ Youth FOCUS Programme is an employment placement service for young people aged 18-24.

The work preparation and mentoring programme develops self-leadership, empowering rangatahi to increase their confidence, team-building and work readiness skills.

The personal development and work preparation areas it covers include goal setting, CVs, exploring work and study options, personal presentation, confidence and communication, teamwork, motivation and interviewing for the workforce.

There's no need to book - just drop in.

When: Every Monday, 9am-3pm

Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

To find out more connectedporirua@msd.govt.nz

Find out more (external link)

Looking for employment?

Pasifika Consulting can help you with upskilling, employment opportunities, personal development training and ongoing support.

A representative from Pasifika Consulting will be at the Connected centres in Lower Hutt and Porirua to help you achieve your goals.

Lower Hutt
When: Thursday fortnightly, 10am-12pm
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

Upper Hutt
When: Tuesdays fortnightly 10am - 12pm
Where: Work and Income service centre, 164 Main Street

When: By appointment 
Where: Connected Centre, Work and Income service centre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua

When: Thursdays fortnightly 10am - 12pm
Where: Work and Income service centre, 5 Te Ara Raukura, Shop 3

When: Tuesdays fortnightly, 10am - 12pm
Where: Work and Income service centre, 2 Vogel St, Naenae

Email: fiona.fusitua@pasifikaconsulting.co.nz

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Support for refugees

Are you from a refugee background and seeking employment?

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

Red Cross staff can also support you and your employer when you start work.

Drop into Connected to talk to one of the Red Cross team.

When: Wednesday's Fortnightly, 10am-12pm 
Where: Connected centre, Work and Income service centre, 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt

Kiwi Can Do - Porirua drop-in

Are you looking for a career in construction?

A Kiwi Can Do course could be just for you!

Come into Connected Porirua on Wednesdays to talk to a representative from Kiwi Can Do. They will take the time to focus on you and talk through the courses on offer best suited to you.

When: Wednesdays, 9am - 12pm

Where: Connected Porirua, Work and Income Employment Centre, 4 Lyndley Place, Porirua


Commercial Cleaners wanted now

Commercial Cleaners wanted in Wellington. Different shifts and different locations.

You will be working unsupervised to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene which require an individual with the willingness to work flexible hours and can manage their own time to meet deadlines. No experience required.

Cleaning involves, manual handling and lifting, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

You will need to be able to make your own way to the job.

You must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test, minor convictions considered on a case-by case basis. Vaccination is a requirement for these roles.

Part-time and full-time roles available between 7am and 11.30pm. From $23.00 p/hr.

To enquire please email: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Traffic Controllers

Traffic Controllers Wanted! No experienced required.

Work with roading crews to ensure safety for crew members and the public through managing traffic.

  • No experience necessary, training provided
  • Caring team culture and environment
  • Minor convictions? welcome to apply
  • You need to be able to get yourself to Gracefield, Lower Hutt each morning although work will be around the region.

Keen and ready to start, email connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Bus drivers wanted

Could you play an important role in helping others get from A to B? Everybody knows Wellington and the Hutt Valley needs more bus drivers.

Do you enjoy driving? Do you have a full, clean NZ driver licence? Do you like to be on the move and meeting new people?

Join a diverse, innovative, supportive, and fun team who work hard to keep the Wellington region connected. Seeking bus drivers for the Wellington region with depos in Taita, Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata. You will receive full training. Shifts and hours are available to suit you with guaranteed 80 hours per fortnight, rostered over 7 days.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have strong communication skills and genuinely care about keeping all customers safe and happy.

During training pay is $23.65 per hour and bumped up to $28.00 per hour when driving

Email: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz and we will put you in touch with our friendly Work Broker for a chat and more information.

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Community Connections Wairarapa

Community Connections are a community based disability service helping job seekers into employment.

They support you holistically with your job hunt by helping with your job search, developing a CV, Cover letters, interview support and then in work support while you learn the job.

Get in touch: e-mail shane.haskell@connections.org.nz or phone 0220389217

Find out more (external link)

Health Support workers wanted for the Wellington Region

Are you an energetic and motivated person who could support people living with an intellectual disability?

Do you live in Wellington City or the surrounding suburbs? then this might be the job for you.

You will be working with people at different stages of their lives, starting from young adults, to achieve greater independence and be part of their community.

Full and part-time roles available on rostered shifts.

No experience necessary - full training will be provided.

  • Flexibility to work across a rotating fortnightly roster, including weekends and sleepovers
  • Have a Full or Restricted NZ Driver Licence (the ability to be able to gain a Full Licence within 6 months)

Interested? email Connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

More Wellington 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)

Meat Processing and more

Entry level to advanced meat processors are required to support the work of a Wellington meat processing plant.

You will have previous experience in a meatworks or have knife hand skills. You need to be physically fit and able to spend hours standing.

Training can be provided for the right person with the opportunity to gain a formal qualification. 

Pay starts at $23 per hour and there are some awesome incentives.

For more information or to apply, email connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Computer work

Take a business computing course

Are you looking for work but need to upskill?

A fees-free NZQA-accredited Level 2 course could teach you how to use Microsoft Office Suite and a range of computing programmes and digital tools.

You’ll develop your computing skills to be able to work in a modern digital work environment.

The course can be completed full-time or part-time.

The course is for any learners aged over 20 who don’t already hold a qualification at Level 2 or above.

Find out more (external link)

Online Māori language programme

Want to learn Te Reo at your own pace?

This programme has no end date, generally takes 5 weeks, but can be done at the Learners pace.

There are no assessments, it is purely based on increasing your knowledge.

You will gain a basic understanding of te reo Māori. The programme includes a selection of well-known waiata and karakia. 

Enrolments are rolling so no real start or finish date. Get started today and register online!

Find out more and register (external link)

CV's, cover letters and more

Do you need help with your CV, cover letter and interviewing skills?

There is a free course run by Literacy Aotearoa in Lower Hutt. This course covers writing a CV, cover letter, interview skills and digital literacy.

Find out more e-mail: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

CVs, cover letters and more for Porirua residents

The Learning Shop at Whitireia Polytechnic wants all Porirua locals to thrive.

They can support you with:

  • your cv
  • a cover letter
  • interview skills
  • finding the right education or training.

For more information: email kathleen@thelearningshop.co.nz or phone 237 3141

Visit their website (external link)

Choose your course

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

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!


Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)


Tuesday 4 April, 10am (external site)

Alternatively, you can watch pre-recorded sessions here. (external site)

Workplace Communication training

Designed for your company’s specific needs.

A Language Communication Coach and Trainer can provide a skills-based learning curriculum via one to one, live online video conferencing and in-house workplace training workshops.

Experience includes working with a vast range of employees across many industries, both internationally and locally.

Areas of Focus:

  • Public Speaking & Presentation skills,
  • Active listening skills,
  • Communication techniques
  • Pre-employment skills
  • Networking tactics
  • Report writing skills
  • Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy, Interpersonal Skills, Health & Safety/Compliance & Procedures.

For more information email: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Certificate in Small Business and Project Management

Are you running your own business, or do you have a great business idea and don’t know where to start?

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is offering a Wairarapa based Certificate in Small Business and Project Management (CSBM) course is an incubator which analyses your business or business idea.

Learn up front what so many businesses struggle to pick up along the way including:

  • how to plan strategically,
  • best ways to market in a social media environment, and
  • how to use financials to motivate and grow.

There are no fees associated with this 36 week long course. Your commitment is to attend a three-hour class once a week, plus the odd weekend workshop, along with completing assignments, all of which will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your business.

You will be viewing your business from the helicopter hovering over the trees, rather than forcing your way through the forest. 

CSBM also provides a unique opportunity to learn from and network with not only fellow entrepreneurs in your year, but from many past students who've successfully applied their CSBM knowledge to their own business.

Please contact Jeanette Hall jeanette@xtra.co.nz to find out the next available dates and to get more information.

Fully funded staff training

Would you like a free opportunity to increase the literacy, language, digital literacy and numeracy skills of your staff?

A government-funded training programme provides support for employers.  Capital Training is one of the larger providers of this fund and enjoys excellent success rates.

Capital Training can work with your organisation to develop customised workplace communication programmes that are tailored to fit the real and actual needs of your workplace.  These programmes are directly related to your employee’s daily activities. They are relevant, effective, easily remembered and readily implemented to increase productivity and ease of communication.

Employers who take up the training opportunity experience: 

  • Reduced error rates amongst staff
  • Decreased resistance to change
  • Less staff turnover and absenteeism
  • Improved health and safety compliance
  • Increased staff performance productivity

Your organisation could be eligible for 25-80 hours of fully funded training, delivered over a period of 10-40 weeks.

Find out more (external link)

Free business training

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce brings you this brand new Business Training Programme, run in conjunction with Platinum Partner, Open Polytechnic.

Choose from:

  • Introduction to Small Business (Level 3)
  • Administration & Technology (Level 3)
  • First Line Management (Level 4)
  • Small Business (Level 4)
Find out more (external link)

Greater Wellington Business Growth and Support Webinars

Looking for business support? Watch the 14 pre-recorded webinars from the Greater Wellington Business Growth and Support virtual conference at your leisure.

These webinars are a fantastic starting point to finding out how the different organisations offer support for your growing business.

  • Connected.govt.nz - 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
  • Wellington NZ - Support for businesses to grow, innovate, and build a stronger more connected regional business community
  • Pacific Business Trust - Prosperity through partnership: Building a successful future for our Pacific businesses and communities
  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce - Encouraging regional development and representing the regions businesses
  • Ministry of Social Development - Work brokerage, financial support and more for you and your business
  • NZ Trade and Enterprise - Helping New Zealand Businesses to grow internationally
  • Business Wairarapa - Encouraging and supporting business growth through the principles of linking, collaboration and influence wherever possible
  • Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce - The voice of the business community
  • 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 here (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
49-51 Lincoln Road
Masterton 5810

Lower Hutt

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
317-327 High Street
Lower Hutt 5010


MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
4 Lydney Place
Porirua 5022

Wellington (Willis Street)

MSD/Work and Income Employment Centre
195 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

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