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Below you will find MTFJ’s media releases and news from the sector. 


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Mitchell Boyce, an 18-year-old school leaver from Tararua College, gained an apprenticeship at Murray Judd Joinery in Woodville, with the support of MTFJ and MSD’s Community Recovery Programme. The programme also provided him with tools and helped him gain his restricted driver licence.

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Rangitīkei coordinator James Towers, Ngaire-Ann Takimoana and her manager Gavin Zanders. Photo/Supplied

Veggie farming was the last thing on a Marton woman’s mind when she was unemployed and looking for work.

Kane Parker (left) who is thriving at Will Pilcher’s electrical business in Hokitika with the help of Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

Kawerau rangatahi Iraia Nuku and Majean Rogers inspire others through video and mahi. Photo/Supplied 

Looking to youth to help other youth has paid off in Kawerau.  

Two rangatahi have demonstrated leadership in their community by raising awareness through videos and running vaccination clinics.

30 March 2022

March 2022 Newsletter

Emma Anderson is thrilled to be able to welcome you all to the first MTFJ Newsletter of 2022 as your new Programme Manager.  It is such a privilege to do mahi that matters - to support our Mayors throughout Aotearoa to make a difference to the lives of rangatahi and to uplift their communities.  

30 April 2022

April 2022 Newsletter

April has gifted many of us with some much-needed time off. The start of 2022 has been quite intense and stressful, so it was nice to take a break and enjoy time with friends and family.

31 May 2022

May 2022 Newsletter

The countdown to mid-year is actually an exciting time for MTFJ as our year starts in July. We're busy dreaming up new opportunities for our MTFJ Mayors and Councils and we can't wait to get the ball rolling. 

MTFJ’s national employment outcomes for youth and employers a ‘win-win’ with over 1,300 jobs foundThe Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is celebrating a successful year having placed over 1300 youth and COVID displaced workers into sustainable employment in rural New Zealand as part of its Community Recovery Programme.



The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs and the Government have today signed a formal agreement to work in partnership together to get more young people into local jobs.

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…