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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:Tuesdays fortnightly, 10.30am - 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

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 will be 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


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 wiith someone from Workbridge about your options.

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

When: Monday's fortnightly, 10am - 12pm
Where: Work and Income servcie centre, 5 Te Ara Raukura Shop 3

Upper Hutt
When: Monday's fortnightly, 10am - 12pm
Where: Work and Income service centre, 164 Main street

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


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 convicions considered on a case-by case basis. Vaccination is a requirement for these roles.

Part time and full time roles available between 7am & 11.30pm. $20.00 p/hr.

To enquire please e-mail: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Food production workers

Various roles available within a busy bread manufacturing operation.

Roles available include:

  • Machine operation
  • Packing finished product
  • Disassembly and reassembly of equipment
  • Cleaning equipment and
  • Other production related tasks. 

A variety of different shifts are available to suit your lifestyle.

  • 4pm - midnight
  • 12pm - 8pm
  • 4am - 12pm

You will be provided with opportunities to progress through career and pay advancement.  This employer is committed to supporting their staff to be great.

Immediate start available.

Find out more or apply, email connectedwairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Timber Process Workers

A range of positions are available in the sawmill and dry mill!

This employer seeks staff for their modern high-tech sawmill close to Masterton.

A range of positions are available in the sawmill and dry mill as well as Forklift operator roles with great career opportunities including apprenticeships.

Immediate starts available.

From $23 per hour plus production bonus, discounts on product purchase and other benefits.

5 days weekly from 5am to 3.30pm

If you are physically fit, reliable and work well within a team.

Find out more and apply connectedwairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Kitchen Hand

Is being a chef your long term goal?

Are you quick on your feet and have an eye for detail?

Great job opportunity with growth in the hospitality industry.
On the job training, cleaning the kitchen to assisting chef's with food prep.
This is a great opportunity for aspiring Chefs.
Part-time and full-time opportunties available in Wellington, surrounding suburbs and the Hutt Valley.
$23.65 p/hour

Find out more email: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Front of house

Front of House opportunties you don't want to miss!

Do you have a passion to provide a great experience for customers and work within a great team culture?
Seeking Superstars who love working in a social environment and have a passion for making someone's day.
The purpose of a Front of house member is to deliver memorable experiences for customers, you are the face of the venue and must aim to exceed expectations.
Both part-time and full-time positions available in Wellington region, surrounding suburbs and Hutt Valley.
$23.65 p/hour.

Find out More email: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Burger Crew Members

Do you love burgers and want to learn to craft the perfect one?

Do you have a team attitude, want to create amazing burgers, and having fun while you do it?

Entry level roles with on the job training with Leadership role opportunties.
Full Time min. 30 hours per week in Wellington CBD, surrounding suburbs and Hutt Valley.
$23.65 p/hour

Find out more email: connectedlowerhutt@msd.govt.nz

Viticulture workers needed now

A Masterton employer is seeking staff to carry out a variety of seasonal tasks within a vineyard.

You will start with grapevine pruning for 3-4 months. Later you will carry out:

  • bud rubbing,
  • leaf plucking,
  • spraying and picking.

Work mainly Monday to Friday with Saturdays as required. Immediate starts available.

Find out more and apply by email connectedwairarapa@msd.govt.nz

Home Care Support Workers

Would you like a job where you can make a genuine difference in people's lives and work school friendly hours?

A national provider of in-home and community based health and disability support are seeking people to fill a variety of positions throughout Wairarapa.

As part of the wider team, you will assist people to live as independently as possible within their homes and community through practical and emotional support. Responsibilities can be varied and you will follow a care plan, which may include some or all of the below:

  • Meal preparation
  • Home management
  • Community outings and integration
  • Personal cares (showing, dressing etc.)

Full training is provided as well as an option to do a nationally recognised NZQA qualification which is pay progression linked.

Find out more or apply, email connectedwairarapa@msd.govt.nz

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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, Coverletters, 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

Driving roles

If you Love driving then look no further!

Tranzport solutions are about 'Right people, right place' and are seeking hardworking, individuals who are seeking the right opportunity for them.

Job opportunities are in the logistics, freight, manufacturing and driving industry.

To apply: Contact Atina Poloie on 027 2638451 or email atina@driveteam.nz 

Find out more (external link)

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)

Great coffee and safe food

Be prepared to work in the hospitality industry by getting a real taste for what the role involves!

Employers are always thrilled to bring on new staff who have already completed their basic hospo training.

You will get plenty of hands-on experience on the espresso machines and walk away with NZQA unit 167 which is an essential training for all food handlers. It meets the compulsory training requirements of all food handlers under the Food Act 2014, from market stalls, cafes and restaurants to senior living and childcare centres.

When: Monday 28 November and Tuesday 29 November
Where: Wairarapa Community Link, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton

Find out more and apply, email connectedwairarapa@msd.govt.nz

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)

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)

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!

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)

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 assigments, all of which will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your busines.

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 conjuction 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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