Ma te hikoi tahi me te Iwi ka taea te arahi i a ratau

To lead the people is to walk beside them


Te Arawa Mahi has been providing employment opportunities within the seafood sector since 2014. We have paid out over $2.5 million dollars (gross) worth of wages directly to Te Arawa whānau in the past 6 years. As we move into a post COVID-19 world we are looking at how we can do even more! By partnering with more businesses both locally and regionally we will be able to provide opportunities to work, learn, and upskill our staff.



Te Arawa Mahi currently recruits and employs people so they will be work ready. We currently transport staff to locations outside of Rotorua and ensure a safe working environment at all times. We are about our people and their future aspirations.

We do not have any job vacancies at the moment, however you can register your interest or follow the Te Arawa Mahi Facebook page to see mahi opportunities coming up soon.


Te Arawa Mahi Limited directly recruits and employs all staff. You will be paid by Te Arawa Mahi but will work at locations in and around the Bay of Plenty.
All contracts are on a casual and fixed-term seasonal basis. Due to the nature of the work we currently offer it is impossible to predict when and how much work will be available. However, it is not uncommon for our staff to be offered full-time employment direct with the companies they work in. Other opportunities for guaranteed hours have also arisen within some jobs.
We currently have established partnerships within the fish processing industry and the kiwifruit industry. The work is mainly packing, stacking and strapping boxed product. We also have work available in construction, forestry, timber processing, chemical processing and port work. The work involved ranges from manual handling, general labouring, processing and specialty roles. We offer seasonal employment as well as permanent placement opportunities. Our staff are often targeted for work in other areas, such as quality control, when they show commitment to the job and reliability. Both industries run on a seasonal basis and are often weather dependant.
Yes. Before you can work you will need to pass a drug and alcohol test. These tests are confidential and performed in-house by our Te Arawa Mahi Co-ordinator.
We are committed to helping people find employment, that is our main purpose – we are not here to judge. If you are unable to pass a test straight away we allow you to come back and test again in 6 weeks of being “clean”.
Work ready means you are ready to work now. You will have passed a drug and alcohol test and be ready to go to work when we call.
We provide a door to door pick up service for certain work sites and some require personal transport.
Our main goal is to upskill and increase the employability of our people. If you don’t have any relevant qualifications or licenses we may be able to support you into gaining some. Otherwise we value a can-do attitude above all else and are willing to help you find employment in roles more suited to your current abilities and experience.


Looking for staff? Get in touch to discuss your specific needs.


Te Arawa Mahi is a subsidiary of Te Arawa Fisheries, the post settlement entity that holds and manages fishing assets and investments received on behalf of Te Arawa from the crown. Te Arawa Mahi was established with the purpose of connecting employers to Te Arawa people seeking employment. We have charitable status and profits are redistributed through our trust Te Kotahitanga O Te Arawa Waka.
Currently we have partnerships in the fishing, seafood processing, and kiwifruit industries, as well as construction, forestry, timber processing, chemical processing and port work. We are always on the lookout for more employers to partner with as our pool of staff is ever increasing.
Yes! We have a pool of staff on standby ready to work. Please call us to discuss what you are looking for.
Please call us and we will be happy to to discuss your needs now and in the future. We are always looking for ways to connect people with opportunities to work. The more lead time we have the better we can prepare our workforce and provide our clients with quality, strategic staffing solutions.
Yes! We have a qualified drug and alcohol tester in house and ensure all our staff are tested prior to employment. We reserve the right to perform random testing at our discretion and that of our clients.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.

We come not with our own strengths, but bring with us the strengths of our iwi, hapu and whanau together.


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