Subsidy aims to lift Buller employment rate

  • 23/02/2016
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce

A wage subsidy scheme has been announced for the Buller District to help people get work there.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the unemployment rate in West Coast-Tasman is relatively low at 4.2 percent but Buller is a problem".

"The Buller District had a particularly difficult period recently with some key employers retrenching at the same time," he said today.

"This plan, which is unique around the country, will help other businesses expand and take on people who have lost their jobs."

The Government is putting $300,000 into the scheme, an amount that will be matched by the district.

The subsidies will last for 12 months at a rate of $15,000 per person.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the subsidy will be for people who are on a benefit, or have contacted Work and Income seeking assistance.

NZ First leader Winston Peters says Buller's economy is on its knees and much more needs to be done.

"It's typical of National -- throwing a crumb in the pretence of dealing with a massive issue when what it requires is a well thought through package," he said.

"The Buller district is reeling with hundreds of jobs having disappeared."