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

The Vine

Empower the community to embrace and celebrate Te Ao Māori. Creating a space that is identifiably Māori, led by tikanga and manaaki.

Every second Tuesday 'The Vine' is a collective of agencies and services meet to support you, bringing services to you.

There will be free advice and service on:

  • employment,
  • education & training,
  • IRD,
  • housing,
  • health,
  • family court and much more

When: Tuesdays Fortnightly (next date 5 September), 9am - 12pm
Where: 141 Tainui Street, Greymouth

Contact: connectedgreymouth@msd.govt.nz

For more information (external link)

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 job seekers who have disabilities or health conditions to connect with employers.

Build a bridge over employment barriers, Workbridge will be in our Connected Centre every second Monday.

When: Monday Fortnightly, 9.30am
Where: Connected, MSD, 112-116 Mackay Street, Greymouth

No appointment necessary

For more information (external link)
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Customer service officer

Looking for a Customer Service role? Good people can go great places here, so to get the ideal 'whats in it for me', look no further than IR.

Do you have the following skills:

  • Great communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Curiosity and problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Digital savviness (You'll be taught the ins and outs of their unique tools)
  • Comfortable with numbers
  • Customer centric mindset

For more specific queries please email CCSCareers@ird.govt.nz to talk to one of the team.

Find out more and apply (external link)

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)

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:

  • Café manager
  • Bakers
  • Tyre Technician
  • 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)

Working for Poutini Waiora

Our Kaimahi are passionate about ensuring whānau are central to all decision making to support their goals and aspirations

Poutini Waiora have roles in Buller, Grey & Hokitika

Current Vacancies:

  • Kaitakawaenga (Social Worker) 
    Are you passionate about strengthening the mana and wellbeing of whānau community? We are seeking a Kaitakawaenga
    (Social Worker) to join our team!
  • Kaiāwhina (Disability Support) - Casual Call On - Weekdays 
    You will provide high quality day care and supervision to individuals involved in the Day Programme and enhance disabled people’s quality of life 
  • Kaiāwhina (support Nurse Practitioner) -Part Time & Full Time, based In Mawhera 
    You will support tamariki, whānau and kura, promoting wellbeing and providing support when there are identified wellbeing or mental health concerns for tamariki in years 1-8 at school
  • Kaiāwhina (Support worker) - Full Time, based In Mawhera
    We are looking for an enthusiastic, willing Kaiāwhina to support our Whānau Ora Nurse Practitioner with clinics coast wide

Apply Now

For more information (external link)

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.

The Westport Deep Sea Fishing School has a range of funding options including fees free.

For information on options, a completed application form needs to be sent to the Westport Deep Sea Fishing School.

Find out more and apply (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

Attend 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.

Don't miss out, register today!

For more information (external link)

Business Development 1:1 Sessions

Connecting businesses to the right support and resources to aid you on your journey of continual improvement or to help you overcome specific challenges.

Development West Coast's business support team has regularly scheduled sessions in Greymouth, Reefton, Hokitika and Westport every fortnight on Wednesdays between 10am - 2.30pm.

This service is available to all businesses, regardless of your stage - whether you're starting out, expanding your operations, or looking to exit.

Find out more and book an appointment (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)

HR essentials

Develop your HR knowledge and build a positive workplace culture.

At the end of this series you will be able to:

  • Develop practical strategies for attracting and retaining staff
  • Understand the importance of having a compelling employee value proposition
  • Apply best practice leadership behaviours to manage and develop staff
  • Use job design and automation to increase critical skills without increasing headcount
  • Replace traditional performance reviews with customised coaching and development
  • Design and use ‘agile’ engagement surveys that work to achieve organisational goals
  • Detail what employees are looking for and expect employers to provide
  • Understand that flexible work arrangements are more than working from home
  • Apply best practice Learning and Development principles to meet employee and business needs

When: Thursday 14 September - Friday 22 September
Where: Mawhera Byte Digital Hub, 1a Guiness Street, Greymouth

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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