New Zealand town with ‘too many jobs’ looking for new residents

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Kaitangata , New Zealand (Clutha District Council)

NOTE:  A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the mayor approved a plan to pay new residents $165,000.

NEW ZEALAND –Kaitangata, New Zealand is looking for new residents.  The town of about 800 is located on a lush, green hillside just minutes from the coastline on the South Island.But the picturesque town is in crisis – there are too many jobs. They are hoping to lure city-dwelling Kiwis by offering special home and land ownership packages.

“We have got youth unemployment down to two,” Clutha district Mayor Bryan Cadogan told The Guardian. “Not two percent — just two unemployed young people.”

The town is looking to fill jobs in dairy processing and freezing works, two industries Kaitangata is heavily involved in. There are currently about 1,000 jobs that are now vacant.

“This is an old-fashioned community, we don’t lock our houses, we let kids run free. We have jobs, we have houses, but we don’t have people. We want to make this town vibrant again, we are waiting with open arms.”

For those living outside of New Zealand who are interested,  the first thing you will need to do is check with the immigration services to find out if you’re eligible to live and work in the country.

More details are available here.