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Government Sponsored Work Scheme

This is an important and beneficial item for people ages 16 to 24 years, as well as for employers and community project groups in need of workers. The ‘Youth Opportunities Package’ is a financial scheme to help young people and communities during the recession. The scheme creates new jobs and training opportunities and is available through to Dec 31, 2010.  There are two prongs to the package.
One is called ‘Community Max’, the other is ‘Job Ops’.

Community Max provides a wage subsidy for 6 months to young people to help complete community-based projects. Projects could include renovating public buildings and making improvements to parks and reserves. It provides an opportunity for young people to build skills and work experience while contributing to the community. Subsidies are paid for up to six months and basically cover the minimum wage hourly rate. Project jobs must be at least 26 weeks in duration and provide approximately 30 hours work per week. A lot of project work can be accomplished with that kind of support!

Job Ops provides a subsidy to assist employers in a community who may be struggling to employ staff at entry-level positions. It is designed to help employers take on an employee they otherwise may not be able to afford. Job Ops opportunities must be for at least 6 months and at least 30 hours work per week. The subsidy to the employer is approximately 50% the minimum wage rate. Targeted employees need to be 16 to 17 years old or 18 to 24 years old who are receiving the un-employment benefit.

More information and details about both these financial support work schemes is available directly from Work and Income (WINZ). You can go to the WINZ website ( or call Alice McSharry at WINZ-Westport (03-906-3505). I also have some literature regarding these schemes at my office so feel free to give me a call or just drop by 80 Waverley Street.


The opening Market Day (RSA green) is on the second Saturday of October, just for this month only. In a somewhat re-vamped style it will start at 10 am, and run till 2 pm  with more happening after that! There will be many seller’s stalls and tables, live music, arts, crafts, and additional sellers, contests and activities for kids of all ages!  Everyone come down to the green and peruse the stalls for good deals!!

The theme the day is ‘Costume & Fancy Dress’… and there’s a prize for most creative!  There will also be  ‘Kidzfest’ colouring and design competitions! If you get hungry there’ll be a sausage sizzle bar-b-que available.  Later in the afternoon families are invited to picnic on the green. Bring your blankets and food baskets! Saracens will be open all afternoon to sell muffins, coffee, wine, pies! It’s a festive day and afternoon for all locals and visitors so come into Market Cross and partake in the activities!
Rain may mean moving the entire party inside the RSA building!


Next week’s Karamea Community Radio interview broadcast will be with dairy farmer Pete Langford.
High winds knocked out the broadcast antenna 2 weeks ago, preventing us from conducting this interview as previously scheduled.
New time is Thursday evening, Oct. 8,  6 PM,     107.5 FM.    Tune in!!


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