Agriculture has been Gisborne region's most important industry since earliest settlement.
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However, agriculture has diversified over the years and now forestry, viticulture, horticulture and industries such as food processing are becoming increasingly important.
Gisborne is a small economy underpinned by an export focused agriculture sector. In 2013, Gisborne contributed 0.8 per cent to national GDP, provided 1 per cent of national employment, and was home to 1 per cent of the national population.
Job Listings in the Gisborne region
Trade Me Jobs - lists a number of jobs in Gisborne.
Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website.
Workhere - specifically designed to connect offshore skilled workers and Kiwi expats with New Zealand employers.
Work and Income - jobs available in Gisborne for Job Seekers.
Careers New Zealand - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand.
The Gisborne Herald - publishes jobs available in the Situations Vacant column.
Job search help
Careers NZ - offers a free service to assist with your job search and can prepare you for employment in the local labour market.
Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) - a government department helping to find employment for residents or those with a valid work permit.
New Kiwis - provides a programme linking New Zealand employers with skilled migrants living in New Zealand, or who are in the process of emigrating.
Business networking organisations
Gisborne Economic Development - the economic development agency for the Gisborne District Council.
Gisborne Chamber of Commerce (CECC) - supports local businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.
Venus Network- a business network for women
Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.
Gisborne Volunteering Centre matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.