Beneficiaries outside of Christchurch will be given a
$3000 incentive to take up full-time work in Christchurch, says
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
Up to 1000 beneficiaries will be given a one-off payment of
$3000 each if they have a fulltime job offer in Christchurch
and are willing to move there, she announced today.
The rebuild following the Christchurch earthquakes was
creating thousands of jobs and there were people ready to
take them up, but who did not have the means to get to
"With an unemployment rate in Canterbury of 3.4 per cent,
lower than the six per cent nationally, there are plenty of
opportunities,'' she said. "There is demand not only in
construction, but in hospitality, retail and many other
The offer would be open to all ages but the focus would be on
young people aged 18 to 24.
To qualify the job must be for over 30 hours a week and be
longer for 91 days. The $3000 payment would be non-taxable
and exempt from any income and asset test.
Prime Minister John Key spoke about the announcement at a
Business New Zealand speech in Wellington today, saying the
policy would be known as "$3k to Christchurch."
The Budget on May 15 would allocate $3.5 million for the
initiative and it would operate for 12 months from July 1 for
up to 1000 beneficiaries.
Mr Key also said the Budget would provide up to $20 million
to expand the apprenticeship "reboot" by 6000 places. The
reboot means apprentices can get their training costs
It allowed eligible apprentices or trainees to access a
subsidy of $1000 towards the cost of tools or off-course
costs or $2000 for those in priority trades.
Since the reboot was announced over a year ago, 14,000
apprentices had signed up when normal sign-up was about 7000
Mr Key said the area of greatest growth in the Canterbury
region had been in the construction sector which had
increased its workforce by 90 per cent.