What We Do

Kiwi Can DoEach Monday our minibuses collect out-of-town recruits from Kaitaia to Whakatane, Taupo and Southern Waikato to our lodge in West Auckland; and from Wairarapa, Manawatu and Kapiti Coast to our Lower Hutt residence. They are returned to their homes each Friday.
City-based trainees in Auckland and Wellington, are picked up and dropped off from their homes each day.

Our priority is to find jobs close to a trainee’s home and with field staff located throughout the North Island we recruit, find work and then support individuals in work for 6 months.

Where there is no work, our graduates can opt to relocate to a bigger centre and are financially supported by Work and Income to make the move. Kiwi Can Do physically assists them find a job, accommodation, set up and ensures they have efficient travel plans to get to work.

In addition we issue free steel cap boots, fluoro vests, ear muffs, safety glasses, Site safe passports, high-impact CVs, tutor references and we help with interview techniques, budgeting and health advice.

We get New Zealanders who are on a benefit work-ready and work-fit for the construction industry. We build confidence and we match our trainees up with employers. We make sure they can swing a hammer, hold a plastering trowel or a paintbrush and use a saw, nail gun or measuring tape.

For thousands of years older people showed younger ones how to make a loaf of bread or build a house. The formula worked then…and it works now, especially for people who couldn’t see the relevance of learning and didn’t do well at school.

Covid-19 a Chance to Re-set Goals

While the Covid-19 pandemic has cast a shadow of uncertainty over our economy, the New Zealand Government is determined the recovery will be construction-industry led.

It presents an opportunity for people who have been laid off from other industry sectors such as tourism, hospitality or retail to think about a career in construction. There has never been a better time to pull on a fluoro, a hard hat and steel cap boots, learn a skill and become a Tradie.

Whether you want us to help you grab the bottom rung of the employment ladder and get started or you’re an experienced construction worker unexpectedly out of work through no fault of your own, we can help fast-track you back into work.

Our Programmes

Our programmes are short, sharp and effective. Our contract with the Industry Partnerships team at MSD means we are a free training, recruitment and placement service where everybody benefits.

We stay in touch for six months - at least twice weekly in the first four weeks and twice monthly after that. This in-work support means we can help resolve issues an employer or employee is having. We are a government-funded service designed to manage and ensure our graduates transition smoothly into work and stay there.

We encourage our trainees and their employers to enter into training agreements to gain qualifications that recognise their skills worldwide.

Our Approach

The recruitment of cadets is a critical first step. Our candidates must:

  • Have a positive attitude and desire to work
  • Have the ability to work as required by the employer, listen, take instruction and learn
  • Be interested in the potential for career qualifications
  • Pass a drug test and be healthy and work fit
  • Have own mode of transport with appropriate licence (preferred)
  • Have clean criminal history (depending on the type of offence and when it took place)
  • Supply references for checking including approval for a Ministry of Justice check

What We Deliver

Kiwi Can Do Courses are designed to deliver:

  • Basic knowledge of the work environment including health and safety
  • Understanding of work ethic
  • Employer expectations of their workers
  • Being part of a motivated team environment
  • Importance of workplace communication
  • Getting to work every day and on time
  • Career pathway /qualifications
  • Practical tuition and training
Kiwi Can Do’s business model for all of our programmes is constantly refined to better meet the work requirements of employers we are working with.


Corporate Team

  • Carmel Penny
    Corporate Services Manager

    Carmel is the latest member of the management team...

  • Charlie Fuller

    National Relationships Manager Phone: 0274633316 Email: Charlie@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Dan Ryan

    Human Resources Manager Email: dan@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Jeremy Proctor

    Employment Co-Ordinator Phone: 027 344 0937 Email: Jeremy@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Paddy Forde
    Operations Manager

    Paddy comes to Kiwi Can Do with a broad...

  • Selena Edmonds
    Administration Manager

    Selena is the glue that helps binds the organisation...

Wellington Team

  • Atina Poloie

    Van Dispatcher/Employment Support Phone: 0272887388 Email: atina@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Char Bell-Tauava

    RPI - Wellington Region Phone: 027 294 2929 Email:...

  • Josh Hollis

    Wellington Area Manager Phone: 027 274 4498 Email: josh@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Julian Walls

    RPI - Wellington Region Phone: 0272973115 Email: Julian@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Kristina Romijn

    Course Administrator - Wellington Email: kristina@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Lynette Ellis

    RPI - Central Region Phone: 021 678 718 Email:...

Auckland Team

  • Edward Beattie

    RPI - Northland Phone: 021 270 2345 Email: edward@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Jax Baxter

    RPI - Coromandel/Bay of Plenty Phone: 027 771 1033...

  • Kris Nikora-Evans

    RPI - Auckland Phone: 027 267 7368 Email: kris@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Malia Reid

    Senior RPI – Auckland Sales Leader Phone: 027 353...

  • Paul Devening

    Auckland Area Manager Phone: 0273570665 Email: paul.devening@kiwi-can-do.co.nz Paul came...

  • Robbie Smith

    Construction and Training Manager...

  • Sue Higgins

    Course Administrator - Auckland Email: sue@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

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