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Mayors Taskforce for Jobs meeting in Christchurch

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs meeting in Christchurch

Mayors from around the country are meeting in Christchurch this week to trade information about how to make sure all young New Zealanders are either working or in training.

That is one of the goals of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs group, which is holding its annual meeting in Christchurch on Thursday and Friday (6-7 March). The organisation�fs motto is �gworking towards the zero waste of New Zealanders�h.

Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore expects about 18 of his colleagues from around the country to attend the meeting. Also expected to attend on Friday are senior officers from several government ministries and other organisations.

Mr Moore launched the taskforce in 2000. Three quarters of the nation�fs mayors (56) are now members and the taskforce, which has signed agreements with the Government and a variety of national organisations to work together on eradicating youth unemployment. Last year the Government signed an agreement with the Taskforce, which includes a commitment that, "by 2007, all 15-19 year olds will be engaged in appropriate education, training, work, or other options which will lead to long-term economic independence and well-being".

�gIt�fs taken a while to get everyone committed to the ideas behind the taskforce,�h Mr Moore says. �gI reckon we�fre at the end of that phase and now it�fs time to really start pushing for results and swapping information about what�fs working well.

�gWe also want to make sure all our young people know that they�fre valued, that they�fre wanted in their communities and that we�fre backing them to succeed,�h Mr Moore says.

Among the organisations to be represented at the meeting on Friday are the Ministries of Economic Development, Social Development and Pacific Island Affairs. Also coming are senior officials from the Tertiary Education Commission, Career Services, Te Puni Kokiri, Industry New Zealand, the Labour Market Policy Group and the Community Employment Group.

�œ Reporters are welcome to attend the Friday sessions. For more information, please contact Jan Francis, executive officer of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, on 0274 529 584.
�œ Background about the taskforce and its aims can be found on the web, at www.jobsletter.org.nz

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