Mana in Mahi

Mana in Mahi

Have you had difficulty getting a job??   Take part in Mana in Mahi to get paid while you train to do a job you love.

Your passion could kick start your career.

  • Train while you work in a range of industries.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Gain qualifications.

You're paid a lot more than you get on a benefit and if you stick at it, you get an extra $1,000 at 3, 6 and 12 months for the first year.

How it works

Mana in Mahi gives employers funding and support to hire young people or people who are looking to retrain. This helps employers grow their businesses and support their community.

We work with employers across New Zealand in a range of industries, including:

  • construction
  • forestry
  • hospitality.

We help people to:

  • get a job with these employers
  • gain an industry qualification ( including apprenticeships) while they're working
  • get the support they need to stay in work.

We support you and your employer to work together to build a relationship.


What you can get

  • You need to be a NZ citizen or resident to take part in Mana in Mahi.
  • If you take part, you get:

    • either part-time or full-time work
    • training for an industry qualification
    • on-the-job training towards a:
      • level 2 qualification on the NZQA framework, and
      • level 3 and 4 qualification, or an Apprenticeship, on the NZQA framework
    • help with things you need to start work, eg:
      • clothing
      • tools
    • a dedicated person to talk to if you’re having any problems.

    You can also:

    • increase your confidence
    • get incentives along the way
    • take control of your future.

    If you stick at it, you get an extra $1,000 at 3, 6 and 12 months for the first year.

To find out more about Mana in Mahi click here or other MSD/ Work and Income subsidised support programmes:

Whakatane, Rod Topperwein 07 922 6328
Opotiki,  Gayle Jenkinson 07 922 9404
Kawerau, Debbie Bradley 07 922 6316
Employer Line 0800 778 008