The Waikato region is a medium-sized economy with a strong primary production and agri-manufacturing focus.
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Although the economy is based on dairy, meat and other foods along with forestry, agritech and geothermal energy, the biggest employers are the health and education, business and finance, and wholesale and retail trade sectors. The aviation industry is also growing.
Job Listings in the Waikato region
Trade Me Jobs - lists a large number of jobs in the Waikato.
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 the Waikato for Job Seekers.
Careers New Zealand - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand.
Most local newspapers publish jobs available in the area in the Situations Vacant column.
Job search help
Hamilton Multicultural Services (HMS) Trust - runs a migrant employment programme.
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.
Work Talk | English Language Partners - an intensive, four-week course for confident users of English. Here, you will learn how to prepare your CV, approach employers, and practice for job interviews.
Volunteer support organisations
Young Workers' Resource Centre - a non-profit organisation funded by the Waikato community to bring free support and advice to youth in the workforce.
Pacific Business Trust - Assists Pacific Island business owners take advantage of opportunities available. Helps with financial advice, networks, etc.
Business networking organisations
South Waikato Economic Development group - supports local businesses in the South Waikato area.
Hamilton Central Business Association - supports property and business owners in Hamilton central business district (CBD).
Waikato Chinese Business Association - offers support to Chinese business owners in the Waikato region.
Venus Network - a business network for women
Local Chambers of Commerce support businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.
Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.
Volunteering Waikato matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.