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05/08/2020 3:30pm

We’ve been united against COVID-19 and now to kickstart the East Waikato economy as we recover from lockdown, we're uniting with Matamata-Piako and Thames-Coromandel Councils, the Hauraki Maori Trust Board and the education sector (NZ Skills and Education Group and CANDO) to help our local businesses and grow employment opportunities.

Bringing businesses and job seekers together

The very first East Waikato Careers and Employers Expo 2020 will be held at the Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street Thames on Wednesday 12 August, from 9am – 6pm and Thursday 13 August from 9am – 3pm.

High school students (Y11 – 13) from around all three districts will be attending. That’s thousands of students who are looking for internships, graduate programmes, casual, and part time jobs. There will also be an opportunity for jobseekers to come and see what employment may be available as well. 

Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says he’s happy to support this event which brings together local businesses, job seekers and youth.

“If this helps to grow opportunities and jobs for young people in our district then that’s a fantastic result," he says.

Bigger and better

The East Waikato Careers and Employers Expo is building on the Coromandel Hauraki Business and Careers Expo, which has been hosted on the Coromandel for the past four years.

“This year’s event is going to be bigger – with all three Councils and the Hauraki Maori Trust Board uniting with CANDO and NZ Skills and Education Group bringing youth and jobseekers through to match them up to jobs,” says Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie.

Matamata-Piako District Mayor Ash Tanner says support and development of skilled trades people is vitally important to the growth of every district.

“If you can offer employment and career opportunities for young people, I encourage you to go along to this expo. Let’s show our young people that there are plenty of excellent local career options,” he says.

Last chance to register your business

If you're a local business interested in attending there's still time, but you'd better get your skates on! Please email Sue Boden at or phone 027 568 7635.