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Recruiting your workforce

Having the right workforce is crucial when growing your business. The process of hiring new employees can be daunting at times, but investing time in finding the right person is worthwhile. Hiring the right people can save you valuable time in training, reduce staff turnover, and enhance efficiency across your business.

The right workforce brings crucial expertise, skills, and experience to drive your business forward. Their presence enables your organisation to be more productive, more effective, and fosters innovation. Having the right team can also help to create a positive and supportive work environment, helping you to attract and retain top talent.

While the region has a great talent pipeline, we know that sometimes you need to look further afield. That’s where we come in we can help you showcase what’s on offer here from a lifestyle perspective. Manawatū offers an exceptional quality of life with comparatively affordable housing, excellent schools, and a vibrant community.

The region’s natural beauty, combined with a wealth of recreational and cultural activities, makes it an attractive destination for potential employees to call home. Through the many case studies we’ve curated from people who have made the move here, the constant theme is that they get more time in their day, more bang for their buck and overall a better career and lifestyle balance than the bigger centres offer. and the wealth of resources match perfectly with your recruitment efforts, and they’re free to you to use! If you’d like more specific information, or have any questions get in touch at [email protected]



The ManawatūNZ Visual Library - your free resource of images and videos to help showcase the epic landscapes and activities of the Manawatū region

Manawatū Stories - Share the best of Palmy and Manawatū! From eating and drinking hit-lists to family friendly day trips, shopping hot spots and rural discoveries. This is the start of something beautiful.

Check out sector stories from people who live, work and thrive in Manawatū. These are the do'ers who are blazing trails and pushing boundaries, their journeys are as diverse and compelling as the landscape that surround us. 

Explore our Live hub and discover how easy it is to showcase the exceptional lifestyle and opportunities that await here.  When are you making the move to Manawatū?

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Cracking the Retention Puzzle

Insights and Tips from a local HR expert 

Managing staff can be challenging, especially in the current economic climate. HR expert Robyn Young from RYHR shares valuable insights and practical tips to help businesses navigate recruitment and retention effectively.

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What does Manawatū have to offer?

Manawatū is famous for its effortless blend of city and rural living; We've got everything you need to achieve the lifestyle you want, while not skimping on the essentials. It's easy to sell the benefits of living her to prospective employees, but we've all done the hard work for you by pulling it together into one easy to navigate space here >>

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Recruitment resources //

Need guidance on the hiring process? Check out the links below or contact us

Local recruiters

When it comes to finding the right talent for your business, these Manawatū recruitment agencies have got you covered. Explore their services and find the perfect fit for your team:


Why is effective recruitment so crucial? Unravel the mysteries behind this cornerstone of business success with these insightful articles. 

Resources for building a skilled team

Need guidance on the hiring process? Check out these helpful resources:

Access training, hiring, and staff support – Ministry of Social Development

Streamline your recruitment process, access top talent, and take your business to the next level with the Ministry of Social Development. Leverage the expertise of work brokers who can assist with listing vacancies, connect you with skilled candidates, and even provide guidance on training costs.


mana in mahi - work and income

Take part in this initiative which connects employers with motivated individuals who are eager to work but require additional support. By participating in "Mana in Mahi" you can access wage subsidies tailored to industries in training pathways and receive incentive payments.


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jordyn blackett
Marketing Senior - Talent & Investment
greg bignall
Business Development


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