New Zealand Town with ‘Too Many Jobs’ is Seeking New Residents

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***Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the mayor approved a plan to pay new residents $165,000. 

NEW ZEALAND – A small town in New Zealand with a surplus of jobs has launched a unique recruiting drive to attract outsiders.

The town of about 800 is located on a lush, green hillside just minutes from the coastline on the South Island, but picturesque Kaitangata is in crisis – there are too many jobs.

“We have got youth unemployment down to two,” Clutha district Mayor Bryan Cadogan told The Guardian. “Not two percent — just two unemployed young people.”

The town is desperate to fill jobs in dairy processing and freezing works, two industries Kaitangata is heavily involved in. Cadogan is hoping to jumpstart the economy by filling the roughly 1,000 jobs that are now vacant.

As a temporary solution, Kaitangata has been busing in workers from Dunedin, which lies about an hour away. He’s hoping that some of the residents struggling to afford life in larger cities will want to relocate.

For those willing to move to the beautiful, rural town, house and land packages are on sale for NZ$230,000 – approximately $165,000.

The man organizing the effort is a dairy farmer named Evan Dick, who has collaborated with the local bank, lawyers and community services to streamline the moving process.

“This is an old-fashioned community, we don’t lock our houses, we let kids run free. We have jobs, we have houses, but we don’t have people. We want to make this town vibrant again, we are waiting with open arms.”

7 comments

  • Caterina De Martin Topranin

    Iam interested ,i am italian living in Europe ,looking for job ready to change life for the next ten years.

    Can you please e-mail me informatin,requirements and company hiring for work.
    Thanks

  • Anna

    Hi, I’m interested to apply as a dairy processing worker, can you please email me information, requirements, and company hiring for work.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Anna

  • Brian M

    I would give anything to live like that and have my own farm, but I am poor and cant afford to do it, now if they did pay it for me, then that would be a different story, and I’d pack my bags.

  • Nolan

    I wonder if they will say “look at all da illegals takin all da jobs” like many of our locals would say.

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