Jobs in New Plymouth & Taranaki

The Taranaki region has leveraged a rich petroleum and gas resource and established dairy sector to provide the second highest GDP per capita in New Zealand.

Taranaki has long been the hub of New Zealand’s oil and gas industry, and while our carbon reduction targets are likely to restrict further exploration, embedded demand and carbon reduction strategies will require a dedicated workforce for some time to come.

Taranaki is also one of the country's top four dairy farming regions, alongside Waikato, Canterbury and Southland.  

In the year ending June 2018 the region was home to an estimated 2.4 per cent of the national population, while providing 2.3 per cent of national employment, and 2.9 per cent of the national GDP.

[Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2018].

Taranaki seasonal work

Dairy farming in Taranaki
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Taranaki is the centre of New Zealand’s oil and gas, but volcanic soils and reliable rain in the region support extensive beef and dairy farming. 

The excellent soils and temperate climate also encourage a wide variety of other agriculture and horticulture initiatives, where seasonal workers are needed.

Tourism is a key industry in the region, where casual work is constantly in demand.

New Plymouth also hosts the annual WOMAD festival at the city's famous Pukekura Park and Bowl of Brooklands, each March.

Taranaki Seasonal work calendar.
Seasonal work in Taranaki by month, job type and worker demand
When What Jobs Find Jobs
August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant 3,400 NZ Farm source
August - April Milk harvesting     1,200 NZ Farm source , GoDairy
October - March Tourism Summer Activity Staff 300+ Seek, TradeMe JobsBackpacker board
Year Round Hospitality(F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc) 1,000 Seek, TradeMe Jobs, Backpacker board
Year Round Accommodation Staff (Hotels etc) 800 Seek, TradeMe Jobs, Backpacker board
Year Round Meatworks – processing 1,200 Meat Your Career


Job vacancies in New Plymouth & Taranaki

Trade Me Jobs  - lists a large number of jobs in Taranaki.

Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website.

Work and Income - jobs available in Taranaki for job seekers. - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand.

Venture Taranaki - lists jobs available in Taranaki.

Citizens Advice Bureau - lists jobs available in Taranaki.


Most local newspapers publish jobs available in the area in the Situations Vacant column. 

Taranaki Daily News

South Taranaki Star

Stratford Press

Patea & Waverley Press

North Taranaki Midweek

Job search help

Tips for recent migrant | - a free service to assist with your job search and 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. 

Business networking organisations 

Venture Taranaki - the economic development agency for Taranaki. They give advice and guidance to people wishing to start or grow a business.

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce - supports local businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.

The Network- a Taranaki 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.

Volunteering New Plymouth matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.

Volunteering New Plymouth

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