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

To book, email: connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

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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.

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The great outdoors

Does working outside appeal? This could be the job for you.

Jobs 4 Nature offer flexible working hours both part time and fulltime.

Work is based in Hokitika and surrounding areas, transport to site each day and training provided.

For more information connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz 

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Jobs 4 Nature

Be part of an exciting new team as part of the Jobs for Nature program, helping to identify, control and monitor pest weeds throughout the Westland/South Westland region.

Based in Hokitika and the majority of the work is in the Westland region with a number of our projects requiring the odd night or two in the field. Some projects may require longer periods away, sometimes up to a week at a time, so you must be comfortable with working away from home.

The work is physically demanding, so having an interest in health and fitness outside of your job would be desirable. If you don’t thrive on keeping fit you may find you’re going to really struggle.

Most of this work will be manual weed control (hand tools, knapsacks etc) and some mechanically assisted (chainsaws, scrubbars, etc)

Email connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz to register your interest.

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.  

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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

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

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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

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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.

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Support to 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.

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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.

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Minda Live - Training

Minda is a web-based herd management system. Get the most out of the system with a  1 hour training session.

The private 1-hour training sessions give you the opportunity to meet with experts in a personalised setting, learn exactly what you want and practice on your own herd.

When: Tuesday 5 July

Where: Hari Hari

Cost: $67.50, Laptop provided

For more information, nzmlearning&development@lic.co.nz

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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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