The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of New Zealand’s Mayors, working together towards the vision of all young people 16-25 engaged in employment, education, training, or other positive activity in their communities.
MTFJ runs advocacy projects and partners with best-practice organisations to promote the economic well-being of young people. Partners include MSD, Tuia, Outward Bound, and Te Pūkenga.
The MTFJ is governed by the Core Group which includes 17 Mayors from throughout the country, and is Chaired by Mayor Max Baxter of Otorohanga Council. The work set by the Core Group is executed by the Taskforce Programme Manager, Emma Anderson.
The Core Group meet quarterly to discuss the strategy and operational works of the Taskforce, as well as holding an Annual General Meeting at the LGNZ conference.
In February 2000, a group of seven Mayors from around New Zealand gathered in Christchurch to establish the Mayors Taskforce For Jobs. This initial group included former Mayors Garry Moore of Christchurch, Derek Fox of Wairoa, Sukhi Turner of Dunedin, Jenny Brash of Porirua, John Chaffey of Hurunui and Jill White of Palmerston North, and current Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) governance group is called the Core Group. This group is made up of mayors from throughout the country who volunteer to oversee the organisation. The group meet quarterly in Wellington, as well as regular presentations to the respective Zone's to update the membership on the operations of the MTFJ.