New Zealand’s National Party is promising to hold job fairs in Australia to entice Kiwis back home.
Note to Bondi – New Zealand wants its prodigal sons and daughters back.
The NZ National Party says it will hold job fairs in Australia to lure back skilled New Zealanders.
With New Zealanders going to the polls on Saturday, the National Party on Monday released a swag of information about its economic policies.
Economic Development spokesman Steven Joyce says employers have been telling the government they are keen for a concerted recruitment drive to entice New Zealand expats in Australia to return home.
“More people are needed, not only for the Canterbury rebuild, but also around the country,” Mr Joyce said.
“In Auckland there’s a big lift in construction, and there has been recent strong growth around the country in the manufacturing and ICT industries.”
The move shows the contrasting economic fortunes on either side of the Tasman.
Just three years ago, a two-day Australian job expo in Auckland attracted 7000 people willing to pay $NZ15 ($A14) to find out more about working across the Tasman.
The fairs will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.