More than 40,000 people are employed in the Nelson Tasman region.
According to the last NZ Census (in 2013) there were 5,622 businesses with 24,940 employees in Nelson and 6,446 businesses with 18,950 employees in Tasman.
Most people are employed in primary production industries, such as agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishing.
Other major employers are in the tourism and hospitality industries, service, retail and manufacturing.
Discover a world of opportunities in Nelson Tasman. There’s no ‘one-way’ to figuring out your future – that’s why LifeLab is here to make that task easier, and give you some inspiration for career pathways. This region is full of opportunities for young people to carve their way. LifeLab can help you find your next steps.
Pick Your Path
Plan your seasonal work adventure in the Top of the South. The Pick Your Path website will help you navigate opportunities over 12 months across industries in Nelson/Tasman, Marlborough and the West Coast, providing information about each industry and available roles and training. You’ll also be provided with a snapshot of the lifestyles on offer across the region.
Nelson Tasman Summer Internships
The Nelson Tasman Summer Intern programme offers you the opportunity to discover many incredible local businesses – giving you exposure and access to the region’s largest employers and senior staff. While the programme includes a variety of roles across a diverse range of businesses, what makes it special is that all interns will take part in a wider social and development programme.
Why Nelson Tasman?
Imagine a life where you can experience life beyond the ordinary. A life where it doesn't ever take very long to get from A to B, where your Saturday mornings are spent admiring the talent of arts and artisans at the markets, where you are surrounded by stunning landscapes, beaches, lakes and mountains and where grit and clever thinking have combined to fashion an extraordinary business story.
A life where you can enjoy bike rides, tramping, yoga and water activities at all times of the year. A life where all the best bits of New Zealand are distilled into a single place - your new home. Nelson Tasman has always been highly sought after and perhaps you are one of the seekers too.
Economy and Key Sectors
Real-time, relevant information is everything in today’s world where only clever businesses thrive. Our insights information is regularly updated and provides a quick, easy-to-interpret snapshot of Nelson Tasman’s economic performance. If you need to know how various sectors are faring to make business decisions based on facts and concrete data you can find the information you need here.
Immigration New Zealand provides advice about finding work, arranging the correct visas and preparing for employment. One thing your employer and work colleagues will be looking for is the positive, ‘can do’ attitude that’s made Kiwis well-liked employees wherever they travel.
SEEK helps people find employment in New Zealand. To work in the Nelson Tasman region go to seek.co.nz and search for jobs in ‘Tasman’. You can then select either ‘Nelson’ or ‘Rest of Tasman’.
Nelson Tasman offers the perfect environment for flexible working, and every day our employment practices are transforming to allow workers the freedom to enjoy the stunning natural landscapes, vibrant arts scene, and consistently high sunshine hours that our region beholds. What's more, with everything so close and highly connected, employees have more time to enjoy life, making the reality of flexi-work even easier. Take a look at the collection of stories from some of our local employees, those who are making the most of the flexi-work options in Nelson Tasman, and what this means for them.
Here in Nelson Tasman, pure grit and clever thinking have fashioned an extraordinary business story. Once an isolated region with land that was neither fertile nor flat, our entrepreneurs relied on their wits and grit to survive. Here you will find all of the information you need to start, grow or innovate your business in the region, and poise yourself for ongoing success.
What better way to get a taste of the Nelson Tasman region than through the eyes of the people that already live here? Find out more about what makes our region extraordinary by browsing through the stories, images and videos of our locals.