Moving to Hastings

Hawke's Bay has a population of around 150,000 spread between two main cities (Hastings and Napier) and a number of smaller towns and settlements.

The area is known for its fresh food, world-class wine and mild climate. Most of the population of Hastings District resides on the fertile Heretaunga Plains, in the rain shadow of the Kaweka, Ruahine and Kaimanawa mountain ranges. This geographical arrangement gives the region a higher-than-average number of sun hours each year, making it popular with tourists and holiday makers.


Hastings welcomes more than a hundred new New Zealand citizens each year. Find out more on Citizenship


Unless you are a New Zealand citizen, you may need to apply for a work visa or permit. To find out more visit Immigration New Zealand

Permanent employment is advertised through the usual channels - industry websites, newspapers and general job vacancy websites.

Hastings attracts a large number of seasonal workers for the fruit industry. To connect potential workers and employers, visit PickNZ

Hastings District Council advertises job vacancies on this site. Napier City Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council also list vacancies online.

Bringing your business to Hastings

New business ventures are supported by a strong economic development structure - from cottage industry to national companies wanting to base themselves in the centrally-situated Hawke’s Bay. Find out how we can asisst you in bringing your business to Hawke's Bay here:

Settlement support

Napier Citizens Advice Bureau offer a range of services and information to help new and potential migrants settle in Hawke's Bay. These include:

  • Finding services for you and your family as you settle in Hawke's Bay
  • Links to community groups and support services in Hawke's Bay
  • English language courses

To find out more visit Napier Citizens Advice Bureau