$3k to Christchurch transcript
Transcript of the 3k to Christchurch video found on the link below
AIMEE MARSHALL: Hi. So you're thinking about moving to Christchurch. Great. You're on to it, because there's plenty of work here and a lot going on.
DOMINIC SAM: Plus, through Work and Income, there's a 3k to Christchurch offer which means we'll support you to move down here. Sweet, hey?
AIMEE MARSHALL: And we'll find out why living in Christchurch is such a great idea.
DOMINIC SAM: So let's get a move on. There's a big demand for work here, but moving to Christchurch can be a big ask, especially if you're short of cash. So what's this 3k to Christchurch offer all about?
LYNDA KEENAN: Form the 1st of July 2014, the 3k initiative to Christchurch began. What that means is: Work and Income clients who aren't from Canterbury who move here for employment of 30 hours or more per week are eligible for a one-off payment of $3000.
RON MIDDLETON: But that doesn't stop there, because we want to look after you while you're down here. It's not that you just walk in here, take the job and go. We're here for you, ongoing. So we want to see that you succeed.
AIMEE MARSHALL: To rebuild doesn't just take hard work, it also creates work and that's where you come in. So do you have what it takes to work in Christchurch?
CRAIG HENWOOD: Christchurch most definitely has a labour shortage. It's as short and as desperate as it's been, more than ever before in the history of Christchurch. Right through from lifting, carrying, moving, unskilled, semiskilled, labouring type work, right up to fully qualified tradesman and everything in between. Call centre work, warehouse work, factories, drivers, operators - you name it, pretty much everything in Christchurch, there's a shortage somewhere and the people with the right skills can get a job.
LYNDA KEENAN: There's a lot happening in the trade sector, but the spinoffs are going into hospitality, retail now and we're picking up some clerical positions.
RON MIDDLETON: There are some higher skilled jobs, but that doesn't mean that you can't move into those once you're already here.
CRAIG HENWOOD: We employ a lot of unskilled people and then pride ourselves on trying to give them some skills. More than ever, we are looking for people with attitude first, everything else we can train.
NEALE KEN: We can teach them anything: we can teach them how to scaffold; we can teach them how to drive trucks; we can teach them how to be managers, engineers - those sort of things we can teach. We are looking for the guys with the right attitude and we will take them on this journey.
TUI ROBERTS: Well, now I'm sort of looking at Christchurch as my home. So much opportunities that they've offered me through here, so I'm not going to let that go past.
CRAIG HENWOOD: This opportunity is starting off as a - a bit of a short term gig, but really, as a business owner here, what we're looking for is people who will come down and make it much more longer term.
RON MIDDLETON: So it could be that doorstep for you to a full on career and a good old life here in Canterbury.
AIMEE MARSHALL: Finding a job in another city sounds tough, but there's a whole lot of support networks that are here to help you find the right job.
LYNDA KEENAN: Work and Income list vacancies on our website, with employers in Christchurch who are supportive of the 3k to Christchurch initiative. We're trying to find the right person for that employer and try and keep them in employment for the long term.
CRAIG HENWOOD: Work and Income will be able to set you up with their local people to have an interview and perhaps sort of do that initial screening so that we can then do our screening and application process and hopefully offer them a job.
RON MIDDLETON: But our job is also to make sure that everything is taken care for you. You've got some responsibility, but we want to make it easy.
AMANDA COOK: Work and Income are really keen for those who want to take this challenge up and come to Christchurch that you settle in well. There's a raft of information available that your case manager will be able to provide you with around the community services and agencies, so that if you have any issues or concerns when you get to Christchurch, those services are open for business and there to support you.
RON MIDDLETON: So we want to make it possible for you to come here and live here and actually enjoy being here and part of this rebuild.
AIMEE MARSHALL: Okay. So you know you can get help to sort a job, but how easy is it to find somewhere to live?
LYNDA KEENAN: It's very difficult to find accommodation, especially if you're a family. You need to try and get some form of accommodation sorted out before you get here.
TUI ROBERTS: Accommodation was sort of the one thing I found hard. ECRA offered me accommodation to sort myself out till I get myself on my feet, get my own property if I can manage to find one as soon as possible and fly my partner and my child down.
AMANDA COOK: You're probably looking in the range of 130 to 180 dollars a week for a bedroom in a flat, but utilise the websites. There's some really good websites. The Trademe website is excellent.
RON MIDDLETON: Our role will be to assist you by giving you information that allows you to make those choices, but you must do it. You must be sure that when you get here, you've got somewhere to sleep, somewhere to get up in the morning and go to work.
AIMEE MARSHALL: So you need to think about how you're going to get to work on time. Walk, bus, drive, scooter …
DOMINIC SAM: Or bike.
RON MIDDLETON: Transport in Canterbury can be a little bit unusual. One day the road is open. The next day it's not.
AMANDA COOK: Our roads are, you know, somewhat damaged, so getting to work - and it's important to know that you can actually get there on time utilising either public transport, your own vehicle, or your bike.
CRAIG HENWOOD: Whereas some employers might be able to provide assistance with transport and maybe even accommodation, that's not a guarantee for everyone, so you will need to be looking at how you use that money to provide yourself with a push bike, a scooter, a car, to get yourself reliably to work.
AMANDA COOK: Cycling, it's still excellent in Christchurch. It's flat. There are some challenges around road works and there are areas especially designated for bikes, being a city that was well-known for cycling.
DOMINIC SAM: Sorting out a job, a place to live and ways to get around is important.
AIMEE MARSHALL: But what about Christchurch itself? What's it like to live here?
KELLY STOCK: I think that Christchurch has got a lot to offer people when they come here. The night life, the restaurants - there's some great bars.
AMANDA COOK: And if you want to see a live band or you want to go and see something like a theatre company, that's all still happening. It's more in the communities rather than based just in the inner city and just catch a band or something and be able to walk home.
KELLY STOCK: So as far as, you know, the after work activities, there's a lot to do. We have all our malls with the big brands, but then we've also got really great little niche boutique stores like Re:Start Mall and The Tannery that have opened.
CRAIG HENWOOD: We've got a stadium, get it full of 17,000 people each time the lads play.
RON MIDDLETON: Summer's lovely and warm. We've got beaches that are almost walking distance. You can walk around the hills, so there's plenty to do here.
AMANDA COOK: When you move to a new city, it can be difficult sometimes, and the best way to break through that is to get involved in something that you love. Find that club or sporting group. We've got some fantastic sporting grounds, and that just helps you settle in and get to know a few people.
KELLY STOCK: And there's been a lot more people coming in to the city, and so people are really embracing, you know, newcomers and they've got lots of sports clubs and different activities to do.
RON MIDDLETON: We'll give you the jobs. We want you here, and we'll look after you while you're here.
KELLY STOCK: You can be part of history here, and you can really be someone and make something of yourself here.
RON MIDDLETON: Become part of the rebuild, because it is a better opportunity. It's actually going to mean that you can go on to something better.
CRAIG HENWOOD: We know that these opportunities will turn into long-term opportunities and career opportunities to make a real life in Christchurch.
TUI ROBERTS: Try and get some more young guys who are in the same sort of similar situation as me. Just try and get them out there and give them the opportunities that I got.
AMANDA COOK: Christchurch is open and ready to receive anybody that wants to come and help us to rebuild. We're all go.
CRAIG HENWOOD: Come down to Christchurch and help us out.
TUI ROBERTS: I'm pushing myself to where I want to be in life, so yes, the world's my oyster.
AIMEE MARSHALL: So there you have it. Christchurch is a great place to meet new people or just to kick back with your workmates.
DOMINIC SAM: And the good news is, there's plenty to do here and heaps of jobs to help you pay for it.
AIMEE MARSHALL: So now is your chance. The 3k Move to Christchurch offer sounds like a pretty good deal, so what are you waiting for?
DOMINIC SAM: We hope to see you here soon.