Buller District Council

Media Release – Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs providing opportunities

17th September, 2020

The Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) Community Recovery initiative continues to flourish in regions throughout Aotearoa.

Buller District Council, supported by the MTFJ, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), is working towards the vision of local young people under 25 being able to access employment, and gain skills to become more sustainable in their communities. This is especially important in the current environment, where the economic impact of Covid-19 has the potential to create more barriers for our young people.

MTFJ is a nationwide network of New Zealand’s Mayors, all striving towards zero youth unemployment in their districts.

Following the success of the pilot programme, featuring rural mayors connecting youth in their regions with local small businesses, Industry Partnerships at MSD and the MTFJ Core Group scaled up the initiative around the country, to include up to 23 Rural Councils.

“Partnering with MSD is a big win for the Taskforce – it’s an endorsement of the work we’re doing and the belief that we have, that mayors can successfully connect youth and businesses. This programme has big net benefits not just for youth, but for our entire country, both socially and economically” says MTFJ Chair and Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter.

A productive meeting was held at the Buller District Council last week for the launch of the MTFJ, attended by Council, representatives of the Buller Rural Education Activities Programme (REAP) and regional representatives of the Ministry of Social Development.

Council Mayor Jamie Cleine says: “The MTFJ project certainly enables us to provide direct and meaningful support to our small businesses and young people looking for work. It is great to be involved in such a positive initiative and I look forward to seeing the project roll out across the District.”

“Youth have been disproportionately disadvantaged by the economic impact of COVID-19,” says Ministry of Social Development Regional Commissioner for the West Coast, Nelson and Marlborough, Craig Churchill. “We want to make sure youth are at the centre of our recovery plans and opportunities in the Buller District.”

Buller District Council and MSD will continue to work with local rangatahi to enhance their opportunities and skills.


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