Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) in Kaikōura

The Kaikōura District Council are committed to creating opportunities for sustainabe employment for 50 people who are not in employment, education, or training (NEETS) and/or have been displaced from their employment under COVID-19 through the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) Community Recovery Programme. This programme is led by our Mayor, Craig Mackle, and is delivered in collaboration with Te Hā o Mātauranga.

Sustainable employment outcomes are the target through the Community Recovery ProgrammeAll employment outcomes will be monitored, including casual, part-time, or permanent.

This initiative is to provide Council with funding for:

  1. Funding assistance directly for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to support with recruitment, training, wage subsidy support for at risk youth or initiatives that will enable employment (supporting SMEs with transport costs, for example, including transport suitable for physical distancing).
  2. Finding sustainable employment for Youth (aged 16 - 24) and those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.
  3. In Kaikōura we have employed a Local Coordinator; Sean Madden, Youth Employability Facilitator; Rosie Poharama-Hepi and a Driving Coordinator; Renee Wood.
  4. Outward Bound has partnered with MTFJ to provide Outward Bound scholarships valued at $3,600 for selected New Zealand youth connected to MTFJ. Click here for more information.


Local MTFJ Coordinator

Sean Madden - 027 372 2248, email or drop into 14 Ludstone Road and talk to one of our friendly team members at Te Hā o Mātauranga, Learning in Kaikōura.

Sean is connecting businesses and those seeking work in the Kaikōura district, and assisting with their training needs.

Local employment secured to help the environment - May 2021

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) are funding 9 locals to tackle invasive vines such as Old Man's Beard and Banana Passionfruit around selected parts of the Kaikoura township over the next 8 weeks. The opportunity arose when Kaikōura Vines Free Project Group, Kaikōura District Council and MTFJ came together with the common goal to provide employment whilst helping the environment.

Environment Canterbury is providing training and materials such as poison gel, this is painted on the cut trunks to ensure the vines do not grow again. The Council is supplying all the cutting equipment and Innovative Waste Kaikōura has offered administration support.

Although the initial jobs are only for 8 weeks, it is hoped that through the training and experience gained, full time employment could be gained. If you see this hard working group, stop and say a big hello, it's pretty physical working, often on steep terrain without paths.

Funding Breakdown

For the last financial year (June 2020 - 2021) we received $500,000 to deliver this programme.

We were really pleased to be able to support our community with this funding. Many businesses received direct financial support as well as support to find and retain employees, support to train employees and guidance with employment contracts.

  • $111,000 went to local businesses as they took on new employees,
  • $90,000 was used to run the Vines Free programme, employing up to 16 people over a 12 week period.
  • $45,300 was spent running 13 training opportunities and courses like first aid, chemical safety, duty managers and barista. 164 people attended!
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