A New Zealand small town wants you!
Work, cheap housing, all you ever need
If you like the look of the above photo and think that perhaps you would like to live there (if only you had the money!) then today’s blogpost might be the thing for you! The tiny town of Kaitangata (pop 800) in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island is in the middle of a recruiting drive trying to lure new residents to move there. Now, a small, rural town seeking migrants is not a new story: as urbanisation continues, many small towns in New Zealand and around the globe are struggling and suffering depopulation. However, not all towns can offer the attractions of Kaitangata.
First, it is picturesque (like most of New Zealand of course!) More importantly, there are 1000 jobs vacant in the district! Primary industries such as dairy farming and the freezing works are the major employers and for years they have been forced to bus in workers from the city of Dunedin (pop 120,000) which is over an hour’s drive away. According to Bryan Cadogan, the mayor of the Clutha district, the district’s youth unemployment is two. “Not 2 per cent – just two unemployed young people.” With that sort of employment, it’s perhaps not surprising that they are struggling to fill the job vacancies.
But there is no point in having a job if you have nowhere to live. Step up Evan Dick, a third generation resident of Kaitangata who is a dairy farmer and is spearheading the village’s recruitment drive. He is offering house and land packages for NZD230,000 (USD167,000). Further, the local bank, lawyers and community services are available to streamline the process for any workers interested in moving to the town.
With those house prices and nearly guaranteed employment, it is not surprising that there have been 10,000 inquiries from around the world about the offer:
“‘We’ve been getting smashed,’ said Bryan Cadogan, the local mayor of Clutha, who has 5,000 unanswered messages on his phone. Thousands more messages came in via email and social media.
Cadogan added: ‘It has perked the spirits of the locals up hugely, we don’t know how to deal with this, we’re unprepared.’”
The most queries are from Syria, Poland, the USA and Britain. Many from the UK cite the Brexit result as a reason to want to emigrate to the furthest place on the planet away from Britain. (I assume they realise that New Zealand is not part of the EU either??) Anyway, if you are wanting to live the rural New Zealand dream (and don’t mind the weather – it will be cold in winter although probably quite hot in summer) then get in quick. The international attention has meant that five of the eight original sections have been sold. There are 10 more ready to go, but a long waiting list for all. But as long as you are serious about moving there, I’m sure that you’ll have a good chance of getting your slice of Godzone.
Today a word from our US correspondent, Sheila Liaugminas, who in my opinion comes to the right conclusion about the state of the world:
I have just returned from a two week family vacation in Europe, right smack at the time of the Brexit referendum and the start of the fallout from that. And also in the area when Austria and Italy have been going through political spasms along with more of the globe than one detects within the US borders.
But returning home just before Independence Day weekend, with celebrations of what freedom means and how hard fought it was won, promised to be fortifying. However, with back to back terrorist attacks happening abroad just after returning and the national search for a leader in the U.S. taking on increased gravity, only to have old school politicking carrying news cycles over the Fourth of July weekend involving the Clintons, the Justice Department and the FBI, followed by Comey’s backhanded exoneration of Mrs. Clinton, it was deflating.
Or, at least a reminder that the greatness, honor, leadership, strength and character we seek and need must come from us and not some candidate of a political party. It is a time of upheaval alright. Let’s focus on where our treasure really is – on our communities, our families, ourselves – to do what is right and good and true, and make a coalition to raise the bar on what is necessary for a just, virtuous and humane society.
Meanwhile, Zac Alstin urges us (including "them") to become dispassionate thinkerson one of the most contentious issues of the day: same-sex marriage and other aspects of the LBG (no T) agenda. He is a great model.
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