West Coast

Find jobs, courses, business support and events in the rugged West Coast, renowned for its natural resources and trailblazing spirit

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Free career advice

Get free advice from a professional career expert in Greymouth.

Career experts can help you to:

• make a personalised career plan

• gain confidence

• write your CV.

Spaces are limited, so email to book your spot.


When: Fridays

Where: online

Request a booking connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Hospitality and Tourism Expo

Connected, Hospitality NZ, Go with Toursim, Te Pūkenga and Ministry of Social Development are hosting a recruitment day.

Bring 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!

Tai Poutini Polytechnic will have their hospitality kitchen open to view.

Connected, Go With Tourism, Hospitality NZ, Ministry of Social Development and local employers will be on site to help you find a job locally and Coast wide.

When; Thursday 1 December, 9.30am- 11.30am
Where: Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 73-87 Tainui Street, Greymouth

For more information connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Westland Youth Employment Expo

Attend the Connected job expo to learn about supports to help you into employment, education and training

Connected, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, Ministry of Social Development and Westland Library services will be there to support you into employment, education and training.

They can:

  • help you find work,
  • talk to you about assistance with buying tools for work,
  • update your CV and offer Career advice,
  • show you how to use linkedIn,
  • give you free Library membership
  • introduce you to Youth Employment Success webpage giving you an opportunity to speak directly to an employer

When: Wednesday 14 December, 10am - 12pm
Where: Westland Library, 20 Sewell Street, Hokitika

Find out more

Study with Tai Poutini Polytechnic

For all of your training, study and career options 'Te Pukenga' will meet with you at your local Connected Centre.

Come and have a chat with a tutor from Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Talk about full-time and part-time training or study options. Call in!

When: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm
Where 112-116 Mackay Street, Greymouth

no appointment necessary

Interested or need an appointment? connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Workbridge at Connected

Workbridge helps Kiwi jobseekers who have disabilities or health conditions to connect with employers.

Work bridge will be in our Connected Centre every second Thursday.

When: Thursdays Fortnightly, 2.30pm -3.30 pm (Next scheduled 24 November)
Where: Connected Service, MSD, 112-116 Mackay Street, Greymouth

No appointment necessary

Connected pop-up in Hokitika

Heartland services is at the heart of your community, providing access to government agencies and community organisations.

Connected will be on site twice a month to connect you to employment, education and training options along with business support.

The Connected Employment Liaison Advisor will be available,
When: Last Tuesday of every month, 10am - 2pm
Where: 49 Tancred Street, Hokitika

No appointment necessary or contact connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz to arrange a time

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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)

Survey work at Agfest

Are you confident and enjoy chatting with people you don't know?

AgFest is looking for confident people with good communication skills to conduct surveys for the visitors attending their event Friday 14 October and Saturday 15 October.

This two day temporary role will require you to work 8 hours spread over the 2 days, $30 per hour.

For more information email connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Hospitality roles at the Glaciers

Are you looking for a change in job, the West Coast is recruiting for hospitality roles? 

Our beautiful Glacier regions offer a range of full-time and part-time hospitality jobs.

Roles currently on offer include:

  • Front of House,
  • Bar Staff,
  • Baristas,
  • cleaning,
  • room attendants,
  • maintanence workers and Laundry.

Accommodation is offered as part of the seasonal package, suitable for couples and single people, school leavers.

Contact your local Work & Income office, Greymouth to discuss job roles, relocation support and to confirm your interview today.

Find out more, email: connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Fish processing factory hands

Westfleet currently require factory hands but are always prospecting for fresh talent in the areas of administration, management, factory and line workers, deckhands and crew for our vessels.

A career with Westfleet Seafoods offers you so much more than you might expect - a growing company, with a focus on the future, operating in one of the lifestyle hot spots of the South Island.

The Westfleet Recipe For Career Success

Ingredients: Honest, reliable, hard working, drug-free, team focused, ambitious, driven

Method: Training, opportunities, modern vessels and factory, great team, future focused

Results: Job security, work satisfaction, great remuneration, international career opportunities

Applications are available at Work & Income Greymouth office for Factory hands during the hoki season.

Find out more (external link)

Upskill Recruitment

Your skill and expertise is needed to help West Coast business to thrive, and the team at Upskill Recruitment are looking forward to meeting you.

Upskill recruitment is an initiative from Development West Coast. As experienced recruiters, people development and careers specialists, working with companies from Karamea to Haast, and every-town and community in-between they deliver recruitment services covering the vast industries that make our region unique.

Current vacancies they are looking to fill include:

  • Front of house – Reefton and Franz Josef
  • Signwriters – Hokitika
  • Car painter assistant – Greymouth
  • Farm Assistant Apprentice – Greymouth
  • And more

For more information Jobs at Upskill West Coast (jobadder.com) (external site)

Check their Facebook page (external link)

More West Coast 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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Westport deep sea fishing

Offers a 10 week programme which supports those who want a career in the NZ Fishing industry.

Learn about what it takes to be a deep sea fisherperson and attend this residential programme which offers a shared room, breakfast and evening meals 7-days a week. You will be expected to muck in and help with cleaning and cooking.

If you are interested in getting work in the Commercial Fishing Industry, complete an application form and talk to your local Work & Income branch about the referral process, or call 0800 Deepsea.

To obtain a copy of the application form, please email connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

Youth Employability Programme

The Youth Employability Programme (YEP) helps 14 – 24 year-olds to gain the insight, confidence and skills to get work, keep work and create careers.

Building on the seven key employability skills employers say they want:

  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Communication
  • Thinking skills
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Self-management

The Programme includes:

  • 18-20 hours of skill building workshops
  • 10-20 hours of community service
  • 80 hours of work experience
  • Skills based assessment

Find out more (external link)

Education to Employment

Helping ākonga, our students and school leavers discover, explore and connect with employment, education and training.

Education to Employment connects students to the world of work across the West Coast, helping our youth to be better informed and prepare for their future.

Our pathway coordinators explore:

  • what opportunities exist for them
  • what they like to study,
  • what industries and jobs might interest them.

To contact to this service go to their website or contact : connected_greymouth@msd.govt.nz

Find out more (external link)

What's your next step?

Coast Connect employment and careers hub is there for you.

Open to the public at TPP's Greymouth campus (73-87 Tainui Street) and you're welcome to drop in any time.

At the hub, you'll be able to speak with Coast Connect staff to get help:

  • preparing your CV,
  • considering study options,
  • learning interview skills and more

Call 0800 800 411 for more information

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 West Coast.

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)

Grow your business

What does success look like for your business? Development West Coast is there to help.

Development West Coast have a team of capability and growth advisors to help define what success looks like for you and your business and what support you need to achieve this.

Business mentors - DWC in partnership with Business Mentors NZ (BMNZ) offers a mentoring service introducing small business owners and social enterprise executive officers to skilled Business Mentors. Mentors can assist you to advance your business capability, capacity and sustainability by sharing their knowledge and experience.

Capability development - Focusing on small to medium businesses to support growth and improvement by building the capability of business owners, managers and key personnel. Indvidual businesses may be able to access up to 50% of the costs for training and coaching.

Commercial Finance - DWC can provide a range of commercial financing options to West Coast businesses, including commercial lending, equity investment and guarantees.

Find out more (external link)

Upskill your team

Want to take on new staff? Upskill may be able to help.

Upskill employment and training consultants work with employers across the West Coast, developing industry training programmes to enable new recruits and existing staff to gain the skills your business needs.

A new regional employment and training scheme from Development West Coast, Upskill aims to help create sustainable employment opportunities and develop current staff to ensure West Coast businesses succeed long-term.

Find out more (external link)

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

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 save time and succeed

Digital Boost - Helping your business move into the digital world

Watch today (external link)

Women's Network Breakfast

Join the West Coast Professional Women's Network for their upcoming breakfast.

Development West Coast Chair Renee Rooney and self-described "Agvocate" Siobhan O'Mally will speak, with time for questions,

When: Thursday 8 December, 7.30am
Where: Paroa Hotel 508 Main South Road, Paroa
Cost $25 (Plus booking fee)

Book your seat (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
112-116 Mackay Street
Greymouth 7805

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