22 May 2020

Govt provides assistance to regions hardest hit by Covid-19

1:48 pm on 22 May 2020

Workers in some of the country's hardest hit regions have been given a helping hand to keep working.

Road works, road repair. (file photo).

Photo: 123rf

More than $36 million has been allocated from the government's workers redeployment package announced in March.

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today that Queenstown, Hawke's Bay, Northland and Rotorua will all benefit.

Local roading projects have been earmarked about $15 million in Hawke's Bay, $9.51m in Northland and $1.12m in Rotorua.

The Queenstown Lakes receives $1.4m to support workers into new jobs after widespread redundancies.

Phil Twyford said the support was aimed to soften the impact of Covid-19 on workers and businesses in some of the most affected areas.

"The initiatives announced today will create more than 400 local jobs in the regions and will help redeploy displaced workers into alternative employment over the next three to six months," he said.

The government has also set aside $6 million for the Ministries for Primary Industries to establish a national primary industries workforce package.

The Ministry of Social Development received $3.45m for training to ease workers into new redeployment opportunities.

Jones said many of the projects focus on safety improvements and maintenance projects for roads and bridges, footpath and cycleway construction.

"Training will be provided for workers looking to be deployed, tailored to the specific requirements of the jobs available in their area," he said.

"Training can be done pre-employment or on the job and can be delivered by providers or employers."

The package is administered through the Provincial Development Unit.

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