Work in Marlborough

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Working in Marlborough means you can have it all – a successful career in an incredible industry as well as a fulfilling life for you and your family.


It feels great to live in Marlborough. When the working day is over, the ‘seven-minute commute’ and easy access to the natural environment affords a feel-good factor and sense of wellness.
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Marlborough’s strategic central location at Te Tauihu (the Top of the South) provides an easy connection to the rest of New Zealand. Marlborough is ‘big enough yet small enough’ — there’s a sense of connectedness and freedom while working and living here.
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There is strength in the diversity of Marlborough’s people. This is a place with a rich, shared narrative and strong sense of community. The past and the future, and its connection with the natural environment, shapes our sense of this place and each other.

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Marlborough’s industry sectors 

More than 50 percent of Marlborough’s economic activity originates from the land and the ocean.

The biggest economic drivers are the wine and viticulture, aquaculture, farming, food and fibre, and forestry and wood processing industries. These sectors live side-by-side with a healthy visitor economy.

Emerging sectors include technology and innovation — primarily agritech solutions — medical cannabis, and the screen and creative industries.

The economy is supported by established engineering and manufacturing industries as well as construction and professional services sectors. 

A big industry shared across the Te Tauihu with Nelson/Tasman is the ‘blue economy’ which includes kai moana (seafood) and aquaculture. Marlborough also provides an exciting setting for the aviation sector. 

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Connect with local industry groups

For more information on the industries that support work in Marlborough go to:

Growing a career in Marlborough