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New recruits sought for Manawatū Tararua Highway project

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is looking for new recruits to help build one of New Zealand’s most important and exciting projects.

From labourers to carpenters, and supervisory roles to machine operators, Te Ahu Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project will create a range of work and training opportunities.

“This project is obviously hugely important to the region as it will reconnect Manawatū, Tararua District, Hawke’s Bay and northern Wairarapa, and restore a crucial link for our communities, travellers and businesses across the North Island,” Owner Interface Manager Lonnie Dalzell says.

“It will also play a vital role in helping to stimulate our local economy, and create and support jobs. We’re looking for people to fill a range of roles, including drivers, operators, carpenters, labourers, team leaders and more.

“We have a ‘locals-first’ employment priority and expect that a large proportion of people employed on the project will be from within the region. We want to build local capability so that we’re ready and able for future projects in the Manawatū and Tararua.

“We’re partnering with local providers so that training can be offered to those who want a career in construction, or to those who want to upskill within the sector.”

A jobs and training open day will be held on Sunday 4 October in Dannevirke and Ashhurst for people interested in working on the project to hear more and meet the team.

“We’re encouraging everyone who is keen to be part of this exciting project to bring their CV and come along to the open day. We’ll have a bouncy castle and sausage sizzle for the kids so bring the whole family along.”

The open day will be held on Sunday 4 October at:

  • Dannevirke Sports Centre – 9am-12pm
  • Ashhurst Rugby Club – 2pm-5pm

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