What We Do

Kiwi Can DoKiwi Can Do is a programme that has been developed in response to the skills shortage in New Zealand and in particular the booming construction economies in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Wellington. The demand for skills is predicted to run for another five years and is unprecedented.

There has never been a better time in New Zealand’s history to pull on a fluro, a hard hat and steel cap boots, learn a skill and become a Tradie.

Many people find it hard to grab the bottom rung of the employment ladder and get started. That’s where Kiwi Can Do makes a difference. We get New Zealanders work ready and work fit. We build confidence and we match our cadets up with employers.

Our Programmes

Our programmes are short, sharp and effective. Our contract with Work and Income means we are a free training, recruitment and placement service where everybody benefits.

We stay in touch for three months—twice weekly in the first four weeks and monthly after that.

During this time our job is to recognise issues an employer or employee is having and resolve them. We are a Government-funded service designed to manage and ensure Kiwi Can Do cadets transition smoothly into work and stay there.

We encourage our cadets 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
  • 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...

  • Kate Spackman

    RPI - Central Region Phone: 027 309 9533 Email:...

  • 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 - Bay of Plenty Region Phone: 027 771...

  • Kris Nikora-Evans

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

  • Malia Reid

    RPI - Northland/Auckland Phone: 027 353 9460 Email: malia@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • 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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