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Job Support


It has been proven to us that when we band together as a country and as a community we can achieve miraculous things. The same is true when we look at our economy and our people. Council is committed to working together for the betterment of our district and the following are some of the ways that we are asking you to join us.

YES – Youth Employment Success

Health and safety and decreasing opportunities is making harder and harder for youth to get into work experience or even tag along with their parents to work.

In answer to that 100% Sweet have partnered with YES to provide opportunities to youth to connect to businesses in a real world way. It involves a professional short video clip of your business and staff, talking about what the job entails and how the business and industry is a great career path option.

Further the business can choose from a selection of real world help they can offer an interested youth. Such options include a coffee catch up, business walk through, CV review, desk shadow, internship and lots more.
As a business you decide what you can offer it may be just a coffee date it may be the full package.
This page clearly outlines what all those potential Opportunity Types are.

100% Sweet further works with youth to help them successfully complete a work ready passport which covers a range of skills from the importance of turning up on time to begin drug free, first aid and basic health and safety.

If your business would like to participate in this amazing initiative please email 100%Sweet on sweetwhanganui@gmail.com

Mahi Tahi

Mahi Tahi is the Rangitīkei Employment Programme that has Council is working in collaboration with the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, MSD and Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa Business and Education Centre on an employment programme for those looking for work, and businesses looking for staff.

The collective community approach to this programme has a focus on individual training, holistic well-being and success for both jobseekers and business. We are committed to working with local employers and jobseekers to provide effective solutions for all.

If you are unemployed OR, if you are a business needing staff and seeking assistance with training or incentivisation, you can register your interest on these forms Job Seeker / Employer or directly with James at james.towers@rangitikei.govt.nzor 020 4168 6902

We are holding events for both employers and jobseekers and continually advertising job opportunities all of which can be found on the Mahi Tahi Facebook page and Councils website and social media.


Income Relief Payment

The Government has announced more Ministry of Social Development (MSD) support for people who’ve lost their jobs because of the impacts of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Income Relief Payment will help to ease pressure on people and families under stress from COVID-19 job losses.

In ordinary times, we’d expect many people to quickly find other work or manage their costs without extra support. However with COVID-19, many will be under pressure to find other work quickly and meet their basic costs.

It means more help for New Zealanders with the disruption of COVID-19 – some of whom have never needed our support before.

People can apply online for the Income Relief Payment from 8 June.

It offers support for up to 12 weeks to soften the shock and minimise disruption from sudden unemployment, giving people time to look for other work and adjust their living costs.

At a very high level, it’s for people who:

  • have lost their job from 1 March to 30 October because of COVID-19, and
  • had been working at least 15 hours a week for 12 weeks before they lost their job
  • don’t have a partner earning more than $2,000 a week before tax
  • meet other eligibly criteria.

The Work and Income website has more detailed information to help people understand who can get the payment, and what they can get.

People should apply online through MyMSD – that includes both new and existing clients.


Government Support

There are several products and services available to support the community in need of support. Please take the time to read the below helpful information

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension

A Wage Subsidy Extension payment is available to support employers, including self-employed people, who are still significantly impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Employers, including sole traders, need to meet certain criteria to apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (used to be 'COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support').

Eligibility for loss carry-back

The temporary loss carry-back scheme lets businesses expecting a loss in either the 2020 or 2021 year to offset that loss against income in the previous year and receive a refund of some or all of the tax paid in that previous year.

COVID-19 Income Relief Payment

Find out who can apply and what criteria you need to meet for the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment.

Check what you might get

Quickly find out the types of financial assistance you may qualify for, then choose if you want to apply.

myMSD - Ministry of Social Development

In MyMSD you can check your payments, tell us about changes and apply for a benefit or NZ Super.

COVID-19: Financial support for businesses

A summary of the financial support available to help you, your business and employees in times of difficulty, to recover from the effects of COVID-19.


Great links to check out:

IRD Tax relief Tax relief and income assistance

Workplace Guidance for employers and employees

Keep New Zealand Working a Talent Portal connecting people needing work with Employers needing to hire.

Manaaki Your support network of business experts. Simply ask a business related question and have a range of experts help you out.

SOS Business Businesses can register with this not-for-profit initiative supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic where customers can buy a voucher now, redeem and later, giving business a much needed cash injection.

Swiftly is a free, lightweight store that companies can set up for online click and collect and delivery in minutes. Get your free store up and running today at www.swiftly.nz