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Jobs in Central Hawke's Bay

Are you looking for employment? Or are you an employer seeking an employee? Council can help to connect you.

The twin blows of COVID-19 and Drought have severely impacted many people in our community,with Working Age and Job Seeker Beneficiary numbers increasing significantly in the three months following lockdown.

Those affected by Covid-19 and Drought have come from a wide range of industry sectors – retail, hospitality and tourism, technology, administration, transport, construction as well as primary industry including horticulture.

With the support of Mayors Taskforce For Jobs and the Provincial Growth Fund, Council is working hard to provide targeted support to both employees and employers, with the aim of creating a path for sustainable employment for as many people in the District as possible.

Jobs in Central Hawke's Bay is a long term programme coming out of our Economic Recovery Action Plan, adopted to help the District respond to the effects of COVID-19 and the Drought.

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) programme has assisted those who need to find employment or employers who need an employee. MTFJ prides itself on being a network that consists of New Zealand Mayors and their community. With this collectively comes great knowledge and experience, which is why MTFJ has been the best placed group to work collaboratively with Ministry of Social Development to ensure the success of this locally led Community Recovery programme. This programme has seen Central Hawke’s Bay District Council connect the business community with local people who are seeking meaningful employment as well as supporting many with recruitment, training, transport related costs and pastoral care.

Here's a snapshot of what we've achieved through the project as of August 2020:

  • Over 200 visits to local employment hubs
  • Over 50 job opportunities created
  • Over 45 people placed in jobs
  • Working with 25 local employers
  • 100% local Central Hawke's Bay residents

Central Hawke's Bay Worker Redeployment Package

The Central Hawke’s Bay Worker Redeployment Package continues to progress with three tranches of employment now complete and over 40 local Central Hawke’s Bay individuals now in employment. This scope of work being completed includes vegetation management in road corridors and on public assets such as parks and reserves to protect and improve the landscape of Central Hawke’s Bay.

Our team of redeployed workers have recently been clearing and planting in the main street of Waipukurau and removing roadside vegetation towards Porangahau to enhance the line of sight through the roading corridor to improve road-user safety. The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council set itself social procurement objectives for the immediate worker deployment in vegetation management and is proud to report that it is currently achieving 100% of the objectives to date, including but not limited to the following:

  • 100% work packages delivered by local Central Hawke's Bay businesses
  • 100% provided with pre-work and in-work training
  • 100% paid as a minimum the New Zealand Living Wage
  • 100% local Central Hawke's Bay Residents

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is proud to report that some of the workers have now moved on to long term sustainable and permanent employment.

Mobile Employment Hub

Have you visited our mobile employment hub?!


Employment hubs have been established throughout Central Hawke's Bay as a place for both employees and employers to seek further information, or register to obtain employment or an employee.

We can help you:

  • Find job vacancies that suit your skills and expertise
  • Identify support available to you as employers
  • Create or revive your CV
  • Get assistance with training, recruitment and transport
  • With ongoing support for both employees and employers

Every week, our Mobile Employment Hub will be in Waipukurau on a Tuesday and in Waipawa on a Wednesday. Keep your eye on the Jobs in Central Hawke's Facebook page for its Thursday location.

Mobile Employment Hub:

  • Waipukurau (Green Patch): Tuesdays 10.30am - 1.30pm
  • Waipawa (Outside Library): Wednesdays 10.30am - 1.30pm

If you miss the Mobile Employment Hub, static hubs are open in Porangahau on Wednesdays, and in Takapau on Thursdays.

  • Porangahau (cnr Keppel & Abercromby St): Wednesday 11am-2pm 
  • Takapau - Health Centre (60 Charlotte St): Thursdays  3pm - 6pm (fortnightly)


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