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Keen to help build the legacy? Come and be part of the Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway.

Page last updated 25 November 2022

Current vacancies

We are currently advertising the following positions:

  •  Civil Drainlayer

    We are looking for an experienced Drainlayer to lead one of our teams. You'll have proven skills to lead a team to efficiently run a drainage crew. Experience working with all types of general drainage: sub-divisional through to box culvert installation, civil construction and everything in between.

    Read more and apply on Trade Me(external link)

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  •   ADT Operator

    The Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance is looking for Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) Operators to join our Manawatū based Earthworks team. Whether you are just starting out with a few hours behind the wheel, or are a proficient operator, we want to hear from you.

    As an ADT operator, you will be working all over the project working in both large and small teams. Undertaking cut to fill, cut to waste and stockpile operations on formed haul roads.

    Read more and apply on Trade Me(external link)

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  •   Multi-skilled Operators

    As a highly skilled operator, you will be working on some of most complex terrain on the highway alignment. You’ll be operating our late model and well-maintained equipment all over the project, bringing your skills to our team and completing high quality advanced earthworks operations.

    The Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance is looking for Multi Skilled Operators to join our Manawatū based Earthworks team. Ideally you are a true “black-belt” – proficient in all facets of earthmoving plant operation and keen to use your skills on one of New Zealand’s most complex jobs.

    Read more and apply on Trade Me(external link)

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  •   Spotter, Laboratory & Field Technicians

    What we’re looking for
    The Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance has a number of roles in their Ashhurst Laboratory. The lab might sound technical but these positions are all about being out in the open, helping our testing team to take soil samples from right across the area where the new highway will be built. This is not a job for people who want to sit behind a desk all day!

    We are looking for active people who love the outdoors, who are physically fit and have a great attitude to being part of a team and learning as you go. You don’t need any particular qualifications to apply for this role as it is all about learning on the job.

    The opportunities –

    Lab tester
    Our lab testing team are running samples collected in the field, or heading to nearby quarries to test aggregate that may be used on the Project site.  A plus is that the lab is temperature controlled so it’s warm in winter and cool in summer.  While you are working in a team, a lot of what you do is self-lead (once you have been trained).  This is an awesome entry level opportunity for people just out of school or looking for a career change, to start an exciting career in construction.

    Field Tester
    Our field testing team goes wherever the earthworks go, taking soil samples that are taken back to our laboratory for testing. You’re out in the elements playing a crucial role in the building of the new highway. Best of all, no day is the same! This is an awesome entry level opportunity for people just out of school or looking for a career change, to start an exciting career in construction.

    Spotter
    Our spotter’s are our safety people for those working as field testers.  They will use the RT to communicate with the plant operators and make sure that any exclusion zone is being adhered to.  You are out in the elements playing an important role of being the eyes and ears for your team. This is an awesome entry level opportunity for people just out of school or looking for a career change, to start an exciting career in construction. 

    The skills we’re after

    • Physically fit
    • Good communication skills
    • A positive attitude and willingness to learn
    • Attention to detail
    • Ideally your full class 1 driver’s licence, but those on restricted will be considered
    • Understand and embrace our living safely approach
    • Be able to work flexible hours, including overtime and weekends (where required)
    • Be a team player, self-motivated and driven to succeed

    Benefits
    You’ll be part of a supportive team who will help you to broaden your skills through a wide range of job related learning and development opportunities. You’ll also get access to subsidised employee schemes and holistic benefits such as social events and health initiatives.

    Who we are
    The Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project is being constructed by an Alliance of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Rangitāne o Manawatū, Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-a-Rua, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tāmaki nui-a-Rua, Te Runanga o Raukawa (Ngāti Raukawa and Nga Kaitiaki ō Ngāti Kauwhata), Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction, WSP and Aurecon.

    Find out more
    Check out a day in the life of a Laboratory or Site Technician(external link) on Te Ahu a Turanga.

    Find out more about our project

    How to apply
    Send an email outlining your skills, or your CV, to jobs@teahuaturanga.co.nz

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Training

  •   Training opportunities

    Infrastructure Skills Centre - your first step to a future in construction. Register your interest for this six-week introductory construction course. The programme is a mix of in-class and hands-on sessions providing the basics of construction, from health and safety to traffic management, drainlaying, pavements and power tools.  At the end of the ‘earn while you learn’ course, participants will have earned a New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works – L2.

    To find out more or enrol, email: jobs@teahuaturanga.co.nz 

    About the course - info for applicants [PDF, 1.8 MB]

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Work packs for businesses, subcontractors and consultants

If you’re a local business interested in work on the highway, please get in touch so we can contact you when an opportunity comes up in your field. Current work packs are listed below.

To register your interest as a consultant, subcontractor or supplier, please download and fill out the Expression of Interest form and email it to us.

Current work packs

We are seeking expressions of interest from local businesses for upcoming work on:

  • central sculpture to roundabouts (16m tall weathering steel and SHS fabrication)
  • art pieces for stopping places (laser cut weathering steel options)
  • bored drains to batters.

Why work with us?

When you work on Te Ahu a Turanga you become part of the Te Ahu a Turanga whānau. We take health, safety and wellbeing personally and people always come first.

We have a commitment, wherever possible, to prioritise:

  • Local employment, with the intention that Manawatū and Tararua locals make up 60% of our workforce.
  • Māori and Pasifika employment with the intention that Māori and Pasifika people make up at least 30% of our workforce.
  • Gender balance and diversity within our workforce.

We are a whānau-focused alliance and have a well-resourced and progressive wellbeing strategy that ensures people on the project are supported - from discounted kai boxes and gym memberships for you and your whānau, to an onsite nurse and access to health services.

If you have any other questions about working on the project, you can email us at: teahuaturanga@nzta.govt.nz