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Photo by Mark Mitchell. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during her speech to the LGNZ conference in Palmerston North. 20 July 2022.

The majority of the Waikato placements under the taskforce programme were in understood to be in farming and forestry. Photo/Stuff

Waikato has topped the list in the latest figures for people placed in jobs under an employment programme driven by local mayors.


For the first story in 1News’ Small Town Series, Maddy Lloyd visits Balclutha where there’s a drive on to attract young people to the area. Balclutha is South Otago's largest town with a population of just over 4000.

1News visited the MTFJ programme in Gore to see how we work at the grass roots to find employment opportunities for locals and support businesses and job seekers to succeed.

Prime Minister praises the work of MTFJ in Central Hawke’s BayPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern, today was visiting Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to celebrate the success of the council’s achievements through the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) and to meet some of the local youth who have found employment under…

New video captures the benefits of national MTFJ youth employment initiative

New video captures the benefits of national MTFJ youth employment initiative

The huge wins of a local initiative to get young people into work, on display at the recent ‘Inspire to Aspire’…

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is celebrating a significant milestone, having guided 500 mostly young and Covid-19 displaced workers into sustainable employment through its Community Recovery Programme.

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) has established a “Work Exposure” fund to support provincial and metropolitan councils to run events that enable employers to engage young people in the world of work and to build positive relationships with one another.

The dashboard, developed by leading data analysts DOT Loves Data, will provide territorial authorities (TA) with relevant and timely data on how their local economies are tracking in regards to tackling youth unemployment.

New pilot sees mayors linking youth with local jobsThe Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is excited to launch a new pilot programme that will see four rural mayors linking vulnerable youth with employment opportunities in their regions.

MTFJ pushes for youth employability to be assessed for funding applications to CIPThe Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) has signaled its support for youth employability to be assessed when evaluating funding applications to Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

MTFJ Education to Employment Workshop

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs partnered with the Ministry of Education to deliver a workshop focused around bridging the gap between education and employment.

On the 10th April, the Government announced it will spend more than $5 million on a scheme to get more young people a driver's licence, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

In early 2019 MTFJ Chairman Mayor Max Baxter and Taskforce Coordinator Noa Woolloff went on a road trip to visit South Island Councils and to hear from the Mayors about the local challenges facing their communities in relation to youth unemployment.

Tuia Rangatahi Programme: Mayoral Training Workshop 2019  

The Tuia Mayoral Workshop, a big thank you to the Wellington City Council for supporting the training day – legends.

At the 2018 LGNZ conference in Christchurch, MTFJ and central government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to signal the parties joint intention to create better employment outcomes for young people in New Zealand.

MYD has recently launched its current funding round, a Contestable Fund that is now open for young people or organisations that need funding to deliver youth development opportunities or a new, innovative enterprise project. Applications close 2nd July 2018.

Outward Bound impact in Tararua 


Three Tararua College students have returned to school refreshed, inspired and confident they can tackle anything the future may hold for them.

Things are looking SWEET in Whanganui

Local Government Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Employment Minister Hon Willie Jackson recently held their first korero of 2018 with Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Chair (MTFJ) Max Baxter.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett dropped in to offer words of encouragement to the latest group of teens to go through the Learner Licence Course which the Marlborough District Council supports.

18 April 2017

Tuia - Mayoral Workshop

MTFJ & Tuia were delighted to attend the 2017 Tuia Mayoral Workshop in Wellington, which was proudly supported by Wellington City Council.  

The Tuia team put together a fantastic day designed to give Mayors new to the programme insight into how to best work with their rangatahi.

Hellmuth Hartung was born in Turangi and was raised in Tongariro and Tauhara. Hellmuth was originally trained as a Seamen Combat Systems Specialist & Diver in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

28 January 2016

Feature - Rayden Horton

The following article is a piece written by Rayden Horton who was the 2015 Tuia delegate for the Ruapehu District and was mentored by the local Mayor, Don Cameron. This piece is a reflection on Rayden's experience with the Tuia kaupapa and what is has meant for him.

In this Volume:

  • YOUth Inspire - Hutt City
  • MTFJ Workshops focus on boosting youth employment
  • Students given opportunity to explore local industry, Kawerau
  • Jobfest15 a real success, Auckland
  • Connect15 provides employment links, South Taranaki

 Pictured from left: Tyler Skipper-King, Alison Black and Bronson Wharehinga

In 2013 after a story aired on Campbell Live about the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, Community Leader Awhina Vailima (founding and current Trustee member of Youth Inspire) spent a day with the Manager of the highly successful Mayors Taskforce for Jobs in…

Bryan Rawiri, 25 years old, was born and raised in Matamata and belongs to the eastern Waikato iwi of Ngati Haua.   He is currently completing his apprenticeship in Baking. Bryan was the TUIA delegate in 2014 for the Matamata-Piako District, where he was mentored by the Mayor.

Connecting for Youth Employment (CYE) Trust was established in Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB) in 2013, with support from the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, to ensure that the community continues on a path to provide employment and training opportunities to young people.

Connecting for Youth Employment in the Central Hawke's Bay

Connecting for Youth Employment (CYE) Trust was established in Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB) in 2013, with support from the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, to ensure that the community continues on a path to provide employment and training opportunities to young people.