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Connected is a service to help New Zealanders connect to the wide range of Employment, Education and Training supports and advice available through government agencies.


Connected includes a website, phoneline and face-to-face service to help people access support and see the full range of assistance that’s available across government.


The service will help a wide range of New Zealanders find the advice and support they need, including businesses, people looking for help to find a job or who are worried about keeping the one they have, and those looking for education and training advice and opportunities.


Connected is an all-of-government service led by the Ministry of Social Development. Anyone is welcome to drop into a Connected centre without an appointment for support to navigate the services available from government agencies in their region.


To find out more about visit the Connected website or contact your local Employment Liaison Advisor:

Clare Hamill | Employment Liaison Advisor

Phone: DDI 03 948 7728 | D2D 37728 | Cellphone 029 909 8538

Connected, 33 Gala Street, Avenal, Invercargill, 9810




Who are Studylink?

Studylink is part of the Ministry of Social Development. They provide financial support to students and connect them with information they need to make informed financial and study decisions.


If you are planning to go into study, there is a lot to think about. You need to figure out how much it is going to cost and how you are going to pay for it.  A weekly payment of Student Allowance can help with your living expenses. This is free money however you will need to test your eligibility to receive this.


There is also a Student Loan that can help with study costs for fees, Course Related Costs and Living Costs. This money does need to be paid back.


Think about what you might like to do –


Learn about the cost of study and what help you can get financially –


Check if you can get fees free study –

Sign up for Real Me verified identity –


Then apply online for you Student Allowance and Loan by 18 December 2023, you do not need to wait for your NCEA results.


To find out more visit or call us on 0800 889 900 is pleased to host StudyLink at their booth in 2023


There is also a Studylink officer available at the Ministry of Social Development office between 8.00am and 12.30pm daily.

A general election is held in New Zealand every three years where electors will choose the representatives to lead the country for the following term.


By enrolling and voting you are having a say in the decisions that affect you and having a voice in the running of the country.


Your local Registrar of Electors, Ziggy Lesa, will be attending CareerFest Southland, so you can update your details or enrol to ensure you have your say on the future.


For more information, go to our website at

Looking for a career with purpose and meaning, where you can make a difference? Ara Poutama Aotearoa / Department of Corrections works to make New Zealand a better, safer place by protecting the public and reducing re-offending. Our staff are committed to supporting people on sentences and orders to address their offending and gain skills that help them lead a crime-free life.


For those looking to develop a rewarding career within a value driven organisation, we have a number of different positions available, including:

  • Corrections Officers – every day is an opportunity to motivate and create change as you supervise the daily routines of people in prison and contribute to the safety and security of our prisons.
  • Probation Officers – motivating and encouraging people on community-based sentences and orders to make positive changes in their lives, and keeping our communities safe by ensuring people comply with the conditions of their probation.
  • Case Managers – working with people in prison to develop a pathway for them to address their offending, identifying opportunities to access treatment and programmes that meet their rehabilitation and reintegration needs.
  • Education Instructors – using your skills to help people in prison gain qualifications in a range of industries (such as painting, horticulture, catering and more), supporting them to find employment upon release.


A career with Ara Poutama Aotearoa is an opportunity to help people rebuild their lives and create a safer New Zealand. To learn more about the roles we have on offer, come and talk to our team!



E tū Job Match is a resource to support Southland workers and job seekers into decent work with fair pay, job security, a quality work environment, and genuine worker voice.


We also provide support to those looking for work, including help with CV, cover letter, and interview preparation. We help employers, who provide decent work, to find suitable candidates and offer space for them to advertise vacancies via our online job board.


In the context of the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS), where workers are facing potential change, the objective of Job Match is to protect and support the future of these workers and the wider Southland economy.


E tū Job Match is an initiative developed by E tū, the largest private sector union in Aotearoa New Zealand.


E tū aims to improve the lives of all workers and to create fair and just workplaces and communities.


Some of our key campaigns include include Decent Work, Equal Pay, Living Wage, Fair Pay Agreements and Just Transition. Visit for more information

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Working at Invercargill City Council means working to enhance our city and preserve its character, while embracing innovation and change.


Our city is growing, as more people choose our great southern lifestyle, and our CBD has just completed the biggest redevelopment it’s seen in decades as we work towards He Ngākau Aroha – Our City with Heart.


Here at Council, we’re growing too and are committed to supporting our people to grow their careers, while enjoying a healthy work-life balance.


Because of the wide range of work the Council does, there are positions available in an incredibly wide range of areas. From operational to corporate there are positions across the board. Lawyers, planners, engineers, librarians, lifeguards, communications advisors, accountants, IT specialists, scientists, maintenance engineers, compliance officers and living species officers and many, many more all work together across Council, making Council a varied and exciting place to work as we make Invercargill a great place to grow.


Right now, the Council is advertising for a broad range of positions – from design engineers and gardeners to senior arborists and even libraries manager. Here at Council we employ people across the board from entry-level positions right through to upper management.



He aha te mea nui o tea o. He tāngata, he tāngata


What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Nestled in the heart of the South Island, Te Whatu Ora – Southern cares for over 350,000 New Zealanders. Form smaller rural hospitals, to one of the country’s largest trauma centres, you’ll find stand-out facilities in a stunning part of the world. You’ll fit in with our friendly teams and strong community feel – we are a place where co-workers become friends.


You’ll also get to make the most of our lifestyle offerings – from snowy mountains to vast lakes and rushing river, we really have it all.


Fit in and stand-out


Whether you are looking to join us in vibrant and ever evolving Dunedin, in sunny Central Otago or in scenic Southland’s small city of Invercargill, you’ll be part of a passionate, supportive, and highly professional team – working with people who love what they do and where they’re doing it!

Our vast workforce is made up of individuals with many diverse backgrounds, skills, values and experiences. Our aim is to foster a work environment where everyone feels included, respected and heard.




We have a variety of clinical and non-clinical opportunities throughout the Otago and Southland regions, in particularly whilst we grow our capacity and capability as we build our new hospital in Dunedin. Head to our career website and find out what area of the organisation may suit you and your lifestyle!

We are only able to accept online applications. Please apply via our website

WellSouth is the local Primary Health Organisation for the Southern locality, responsible for the delivery of primary health care and supporting general practice teams and community providers in Otago and Southland.


Our vision is better health and well-being for Southern communities.


Our aim is to support people to look after themselves, promote healthy environments and help provide care, and support access to care, where and when it is needed. We do this by supporting patients to enrol with general practices or community providers, and offering our own clinical services to help GPs provide better care for their patients.


WellSouth staff are talented individuals, passionate about helping others and delivering better health services for the people, communities, and general practice network we serve.


We pride ourselves on being a rewarding place to work: Small enough to get to know everyone, big enough to develop and challenge your career. Best of all there are many opportunities to have a real impact. Check out our career page at

Here at Workbridge we understand how challenging it can be to find employment. By partnering with us, we can help build your confidence and develop your abilities to reach your employment goals.


Workbridge is a specialist nationwide employment service that helps people with all types of injuries, illnesses, and disabilities find sustainable employment.


Having been around for 90+ years, Workbridge has grown to be one of New Zealand’s largest leading employment agencies, known for recognising and strengthening abilities rather than focusing on barriers. We embrace diversity and walk our talk. We are 100% accessible and are committed to mana motuhake (self-determination), while respecting the role of whanau in many cultures.


What we offer

  • A free, private, and confidential service that empowers jobseekers into employment
  • Help finding the right job and the right employer
  • CV development, interview skills training and pre-employment activities
  • Assistance with accessing Government Support Funds
  • Tools and training to help you build your confidence to succeed at work
  • Up to 12 months of pre-employment support
  • A further 12 months of dedicated post placement support

Our vision is “Everyone who wants a job has one and employers choose the right person with the skills and qualities for the job”. We are invested in your success and aim to encourage and provide an optimistic view, all while putting you and your job search first. We work with jobseekers to maximise their strengths and help employers to maximise their opportunities.


Come along and meet Sofie, Joanne and Brendan our Invercargill team here to help you.

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