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The ULTIMATE WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Our future is bright and so are our people. Whether you’re just starting out, looking to mix it up, climb the ladder or set-up your own business, chances are Manawatū has an opportunity for you.
Here in Manawatū there are so many opportunities to land that job, develop your career or grow your business, while easily fitting in family time, sport, outdoor adventure, hobbies and interests. Plus, we have heaps and heaps of jobs! 

Our economy is pumping, which means there’s plenty of opportunity here no matter where you are in your career journey. From global businesses choosing to call Manawatū home to massive infrastructure projects which require a lot of manpower, to being the second home of central government, career opportunities are limitless. Our region offers hundreds of exciting possibilities no matter what level you're at and what you want to achieve, and our compact size and connected business scene means there’s epic connections to be made and great networking groups to help you get there. 

Manawatū provides many opportunities for part time and full-time work, particularly in the fields of infrastructure development and construction, agrifood and agritech, manufacturing, business support, science, technology, health and education. In an environment that caters to a positive work-life balance, it’s easy to discover why our region is brilliant for business. We also have the most central and well-connected city in New Zealand. 
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In an environment that caters to a positive work-life balance, it’s easy to discover why our region is brilliant for business. We also have the most central and well-connected city in New Zealand.

Business is booming
Palmerston North is a thriving, prosperous and internationally oriented city in the heart of central New Zealand with extensive rail, road and air links throughout the country and an established business eco-system of multinational and national companies, start-ups, research institutes, educational organisations, defence forces and public agencies.

Situated less than two-hours drive from the nation’s capital, we are strongly connected to the communities and businesses in the central New Zealand region that surround it – Whanganui, Horowhenua, Tararua, Rangitīkei, and Wairarapa – making it the most central and well-connected city in New Zealand.

We're hiring
Government agencies, research facilities and education providers sit alongside some exciting and innovative small and medium-sized businesses who make up an important part of our workforce. Our diverse range of industries and scale means we’re always on the lookout for qualified and skilled people to move and work here.

Major infrastructure works such as Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū - Tararua Highway, Ohakea redevelopment and Mercury Energy wind farm, are further boosting employment opportunities and stimulating the economy along with a strong construction pipeline of new housing and business facilities.

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Discover Manawatū through the eyes of our locals. From eating and drinking hit-lists to family friendly day trips, shopping hot spots and rural discoveries. This is the start of something beautiful. Dive right in!
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