Catalyst Fund

— a philanthropic fund for employment
managed by
The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
and supported by
The Tindal Foundation.

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Roger Gyles, Civic Assurance

Management Group
Mayor Maureen Reynolds
Mayor Frana Cardno
Mayor Les Probert
MTFJ Executive Officer -
Jan Francis

Employment Catalyst
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Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
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St Andrews Hill
Christchurch 8008
New Zealand
phone 03-384-8212
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funding support
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Project Funding for Initiatives

Project Funding for Initiatives from the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

The Employment Catalyst is project funding from the Tindall Foundation for Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Projects which support the Taskforce Youth Goal "that no young person under 25 years will be out of work or training in our communities."

  • The Employment Catalyst Fund is being reviewed and no applications are being considered until further notice.
  • The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs/Employment Catalyst Committee are:


  • Mayor Garry Moore
  • Mayor Peter Tennent
  • Mayor Jenny Brash
  • Mayor Frana Cardno
  • Jan Francis, Executive Officer - Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
  • Management

  • Jan Francis, Executive Officer - Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
  • Maureen Reynolds, Mayor of Tararua
  • Frana Cardno, Mayor of Southland
  • Les Probert, Mayor of Wairoa
  • Applications

    Jan Francis will be the initial contact for all proposals.

    Employment Catalyst
    c/- Jan Francis
    Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
    52 Marama Crescent
    St Andrews Hill
    Phone: (03) 3848 212
    Mobile: 0274 529 584
    Email: j.francis@clear.net.nz

    2005 Projects

    BANK-ABLE NZ - Hamilton

    In 2001 the Hamilton Business Development Centre, a charitable trust, launched Bank-able NZ - a package which provides the collateral necessary for start up businesses to gain access to commercial lending. A contracted Business Facilitator provides management advice as well as on going support and guidance.

    This concept is now being expanded to support five entrepreneurial youth and who have already approached several banks without success and who have been disadvantaged in the labour market.

    The project is partnered with Work and Income, Hamilton City Council and the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

    The five young people will be helped with the preparation of a business plan to be presented to the Bank-able NZ panel of independent business leaders and will be mentored and coached as their business develops.

    The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has approved funding of $50,000.

    Sandra Perry

    Made IT Manawatu

    - Tools for Schools Mentoring Project.

    Research in the Manawatu region shows considerable skill gaps in trade and applied technology fields and that support and encouragement of students both within and into these fields is necessary.

    The project will undertake two parallel sets of activity: Creation of a Mentoring Programme and related promotional activities to educate school leavers about careers in applied technology and trades.

    Recognition and annual awards - including a 'hands on' exhibition

    The programme will present an integrated approach from ITO's, involve employers, focus on employment and training in areas of known skill gaps, create integrated marketing materials, and create a positive image for Trade and Applied Technology fields.

    The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has approved funding of $45,000.

    Central Otago

    - Horticultural and Careers Project.

    This project, still in development, aims to implement programs which fully educate school students as well as teachers and parents about the role that horticulture plays in nature and society - particularly in the Central Otago region. Senior students with an interest in a horticultural career will receive encouragement, support and mentoring.

    The project has been designed by the Central Employment Trust with the full support of the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes District Council. Trustees are the mayors of Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago together with the chairman of Summerfruit New Zealand and the Otago director of the Fruit Federation of New Zealand. The project has the support of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

    Waitaki Heritage Alive

    This project aims to create a sustainable local Heritage Tourism Industry which will incorporate a youth skills training and enterprise package. The youth strategy aims to actively encourage and support young people to pursue training and work opportunities in heritage tourism and traditional skills such as stone masonry, coppice crafts, weaving, blacksmithing etc.

    Goals for 2005 include running a Traditional Arts School for 16-25 year olds, begin developing a Business Incubator with a dedicated programme for young entrepreneurs, to develop an apprenticeship scheme for traditional trades, and a skills training programme for young people in Living History Interpretation.

    The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has approved funding of $50,000.

    Priority One INSTEP

    TAURANGA-WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY's Priority One INSTEP (Industry and Schools Training and Enterprise Partnership) programme is designed to bring secondary students from the region's schools into business learning situations. It plays an important part in providing students with the stimulation to learn about business concepts and thus develop business savvy young employees and employers of tomorrow.
    The pilot programme phase was completed in October 2004.

    The on-going project is supported by the mayors and councillors of the Tauranga City Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council together with Environment Bay of Plenty Regional Council and a growing number of private businesses. The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has approved funding of $50,000. {click for project profile]

    Te Araroa Trust -- New Projects

    Te Araroa Trust -- New Projects:
    As well as the Ocean to Ocean trail, major sections of the of the proposed 2600 km long Cape Reinga to Bluff Trail have been undertaken by the regions. These include the 'City to Mountain' track from Hamilton to the base of Pirongia, the 58km Tekapo to Twizel track and the Mangaokewa River track.

    These projects have provided local young people with paid employment, new skills, and supervised training and each of the projects has had the support of the local mayor and council. [click for project profile].

    Nelson Tasman Connections

    Nelson Tasman Connections is a regional response with a long term goal - by 2007 all under 20 year olds in the region to be engaged in appropriate education, training and work which will lead to their long term economic independence and wellbeing.
    A major feature of the project will be the creation of mechanisms to assist organisations to work together to achieve this goal.

    The project has the support of the Mayors of Nelson City and Tasman District, together with the Regional Commissioner Work and Income Nelson. Funding of $50,000 has been approved. [click for project profile]

    Otorohanga Trade Centre

    Otorohanga Trade Centre is a new project designed to offer trades training and certification to local students and to provide ongoing apprentice support.

    The Otorohanga area is home to many large companies - all of whom have experienced difficulty with adequate staff recruitment. To overcome this problem a joint venture between local employers, the Otorohanga District Council and Wintech, was established in early 2004 to investigate the feasibility of a local trades training facility. [click for project profile]

    Pathways Project

    Rotorua District - Pathways Project is a youth employment initiative which focuses primarily on 15-17 year olds.

    The model developed offers a local solution to the many barriers young people face in their transition from school, training and into long term sustainable employment and acknowledges the unique socio-economic position of Rotorua youth.

    The project has the support of the Mayor and Rotorua District Council, Work and Income, and NZ Trade & Enterprise. [click for project profile]

    2004 Projects

    Te Araroa Trust

    The Te Araroa Trust was funded $50,000 in 2002 for the formation and development of the Ocean to Ocean Trail from Ahipara to Kerikeri in Northland. The project seeks to create employment both in the building of the trail and in servicing the tourism facilities engendered by the trail.

    The 15-kilometer Herikino Forest section of the trail was completed in March 2003 after work by a Taskforce Green Team, (6 young men – all long-term unemployed) the Far North Conservation Corps (10 young people) and some final grooming by a two-man team. The Prime Minister, Helen Clark opened the new trail on April 5. Ministers blessed the poupou (Maori totem) and the incantation, carved on a totara slab, for Orowhana the mountain, Rangiheke the River, Manukau the people. The Minister of Conservation, Hon. Chris Carter, unveiled the joint DOC - Te Araroa sign, which gave trail distances and included a map.

    Three of the six Taskforce Green workers went into full-time employment, one started his own business and one became a building apprentice.

    Tourists are increasingly keen on walking local trails and Te Araroa has the potential to re-vitalise small communities and increase employment and business opportunities. Te Araroa Trust has been allocated a further $50,000 for new trail work in locations throughout the country.

    The project is championed by the Mayor of the Far North Yvonne Sharp. Project contacts are Fiona Vessey and Geoff Chapple. [click for project profile]


    The Taranaki Employment Support Foundation project “Youthworks” has been funded $50,000 in 2002 and a further $50,000 in 2003. Youthworks has provided 46 full-time paid jobs in the not-for-profit sector for currently unemployed youth. Jobs last six months. The project develops their skills and provides them with qualifications to gain full time employment, and also make an important contribution to the capacity of the community sector and the overall well-being of the local community.

    At the end of the first year all participants who completed the placements went on to full time work or training. The project has the support of Mayor Peter Tennent, the Department of Work and Income, Career Services and the Tertiary Education Commission. Project contact is Elaine Gill. [click for project profile]

    Employment Scholarship Trust

    The Employment Scholarship Trust project is based in Christchurch but also operating in the regions; Wellington, Nelson, Tauranga, Dunedin and Rotorua. The project places school leavers in paid “on-the-job” training positions within an office environment. The vision of the project is “to provide a new model of employment brokerage — providing school leavers with a supported pathway in the vital one year transition from school to work.”

    The project has placed over 50 school leavers in paid "on-the-job" training positions within an office environment. There has been a 100% success rate among graduates, with all moving into permanent full-time employment or full-time tertiary study. In 2002 all the previous year’s participating employers offered scholarship placements for another year.

    Launch Pad is based on the successful pilot project run by Christchurch lawyer Simon Mortlock and supported by the Mayor of Christchurch Garry Moore. The project was allocated $50,000 in the first year and a subsequent $50,000 has been approved for 2003. Project contact is Jo Wolfreys. [click for project profile]

    4 TRADES

    The 4 TRADES project in Dunedin is a “modern apprenticeship scheme" run by the Malcam Charitable Trust. This scheme will find 40 apprenticeship positions for young people — responding to the present need for more skilled labour in the trades sector. The trust has worked with Winz and the PS Training Company Ltd (with NZQA accreditation and an established track record) to provide the young people with necessary training and support. Currently 17 young people have been placed into this apprenticeship scheme.

    In September 2002 Clutha Mayor Juno Hayes launched the programme in Balclutha and the Trust is also looking at extending 4Trades into the greater Otago and South Canterbury regions.

    The 4 TRADES project is modelled on the 4 HIRE programme which the Malcam Trust has launched successfully in partnership with Winz, Corrections and PARS. The project is championed by the Mayor of Dunedin Sukhi Turner. The project was allocated $45,000 in the first year and a subsequent $45,000 has been approved for 2003. Project contact is Malcolm Cameron. [click for project profile]

    Innovative Waste Kaikoura Trust

    Innovative Waste Kaikoura Trust, who manage Kaikoura’s Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre, work with “at risk” young people. They are put in a team with a full-time supervisor, paid a wage, and initiated into a working lifestyle.

    Four young people with a history of vandalism in the district have been employed and trained. The Youth Team works with recycling (including auto dismantling) and learning basic welding, metalcraft, and auto mechanic skills. They also have the opportunity to be a part of other Innovative Waste projects such as growing seedlings, tree planting, roadside work in the district and contract work on reserve land.

    The young people have increased their skill levels; one gained an HT license and others restricted licenses. All have had experience at tractor and truck driving and a variety of other experiences. Actual employment while learning new skills has been a key to success - grins on payday showing how much!

    This project is championed by the Mayor of Kaikoura, Jim Abernethy. The funding approved is $50,000.00. Project contact is John Ransley. [click for project profile]

    Buller Youth Works

    Buller Youth Works has been set up as an independent trust by the Buller District Council with the aim of matching young unemployed people with new and small businesses. The overall goal is to increase youth employment at the same time as developing small businesses in the region. The Buller Youthworks Centre in Westport opened in October 2002. The centre works with young people to secure employment or training and to give job search assistance. It also provides an information and referral service for employers.

    The centre has already proved its value to the community with over 100 young people having used its services. Meetings have been held to assist local businesses to liase with Youth- works, Work and Income, Recruit West Coast and the Buller District Council Economic Development Office.

    The project has the support of the Buller Mayor Pat O’Dea. The project was allocated $50,000 in the first year and a subsequent $50,000 has been approved for 2003. Project contact is Pat Barr-MacLeod. [click for project profile]

    Kaipara District Economic Development Trust

    Kaipara District Economic Development Trust intends to open up the Kaipara Harbour with the aim of enabling the establishment of industry, commerce and tourism and the jobs these can bring. The harbour is the district' most significant natural resource but currently has insufficient access and services.

    Local business people and long-term unemployed people have worked together in this project to construct a public wharf in Dargaville. The building team has learnt new skills and are enusiastic about the project. The whole community has been involved in fundraising and local schools are participating in a competition to draw the completed wharf. This promotion is designed to increase awareness of the wharf project.

    The wharf has become a popular meeting place and seats are to be installed shortly. There are plans to upgrade the Tikinui wharf and relocate a public boat ramp, to give quality access to the Kaipara Harbour. Jobs have been provided in the initial construction and are expected long-term in the tourism, agriculture and fishing industries.

    Funding approved is $50,000. The project is being championed by Kaipara District Mayor Graeme Ramsey. Project contact is Jason Smith.

    Go Westland

    Go Westland was a Business Plan Competition for 16-24 year olds who were invited to come up with business ideas and who were provided with mentoring and assistance to develop those ideas into business plans.

    The project aimed to help reverse the youth exodus to the cities by building young people’s confidence and skills to develop opportunities in their own community. At the same time it aimed to encourage innovation in the wider community and to create a pool of ideas which can be pursued to create business and employment opportunities in the Westland region.

    The project was championed by the Mayor John Drylie. Project contact is John Howard. [click for project profile]

    Waimakariri Community Development Trust

    The Waimakariri Community Development Trust has been funded $14,000 for a Community Youth Worker initiative which provides training and employment for young people who have been excluded from school, and have diminished prospects of a positive future. Youth Workers Dave and Diane Stevens work alongside the young people and their families and two qualified tutors in carpentry and mechanics teach the young people a range of marketable skills. These young people are supported long-term and this project is part of a district-wide integrated Youth Work Team involving government and community based services.

    Another aspect of the project has been the tracking of young school leavers who are contacted at set intervals to ensure they are settled in employment and training. This is an attempt to ensure young people remain connected into the local community once they leave school. The Department of Work and Income has worked closely with the project and referrals are made for all young people receiving the Independent Youth Benefit or other support. This partnership is seen as essential for the successful operation of the scheme. The two youth workers have had an annual caseload of over 50 young people and all have been connected in some way to positive experiences within the community. This project is championed by Waimakariri Mayor Jim Gerard. Project Contact is Deirdre Ryan. [click for project profile]

    Whangarei District Council

    The Whangarei District Council began work this summer (02/03) on a Mt Aubrey track, en route to Whangarei Heads. The track will be part of Te Araroa, whose blueprint for a national trail suggests that walkers walk between Whangarei City to the heads, cross the harbour by water taxi, and continue the Te Araroa Trail along the Coast.

    Four long-term unemployed people have been working on the project and all were exceeding all expectations, meeting targets and really enjoying the work. The work is being carried out under the overall supervision of a contracting company. It is also expected that this walking track will provide longer-term economic benefits to the Whangarei Heads area through businesses guiding and portering, providing accommodation and hospitality, and saelling of local arts and crafts to the visiting walkers. This project is being championed by Whangarei Mayor Craig Brown. Project contact is Glenda Bostwick.

    Otara Work Co-operative

    New Project: The Otara Work Co-operative is a project of the Otara Partnership for Jobs in conjunction with the Manukau City Council. They have been funded $50,000 this year to help them offer a variety of programmes to create employment in one of the most disadvantaged communities in NZ. The Work Co-op will act as a seeding ground for independent business and not-for profit enterprises, and will organise internships and temporary labour contracts for young people as precursor to gaining permanent employment. This project is being championed by Manukau City Mayor Sir Barry Curtis. Project contact is Annette Smithard.

    Te Rakau Hua o Te Wao Tapu

    Te Rakau Hua o Te Wao Tapu - Porirua project targeted unemployed or “at risk” young people. Te Rakau Charitable Trust ran a 12 week community -based programme “Theatre Marae - Theatre for Wellness” under the direction of Jim Moriarty. His methods blend Maori tikanga and wairua with conventional drama, addiction recovery techniques and psychiatry to create a theatre of change and possible “resurrection”.
    This project is designed to motivate young unemployed people to become more work-ready and employment focused by placing them in an environment where they will learn about time management, taking direction from others and working as part of a team. It also gives them the experience of taking a project through to completion and of breaking cycles of violence, poverty or abuse by “standing up, taking stock and owing one’s past”.
    At the end of the course, 100% of participants had increased confidence, had an aftercare/work plan developed, and 20% continued with Te Rakau. Of these, 9 remained with Te Rakau at trainee facilitator level and took part in a 10-week tour of the South Island.
    The project has the support of the Mayor of Porirua, Jenny Brash. The funding approved is $20,000.Project Contact: Te Rakau O Te Wao Tapu Trust
    [click for project profile]

    Patea Community Development Trust

    New Project: Patea Community Development Trust is developing a community owned tourism business - the Patea River Pa. This will be an authentic interpretation of a fortified Maori Pa (before European contact) featuring exhibits and diorama of life as it was in a riverside village setting, depicting the culture and traditions of Maori people. Visitors will experience a guided tour through the Pa, have the opportunity to view first hand the traditions and rituals of warfare and the skilful methods used by Maori to repel invasion.
    This project is designed to revitalise the community by generating knowledge and income. It will provide sustainable employment for local people in the tourism industry and skills training in hospitality and customer service. It will also encourage self-employment and entrepreneurial options as well as marketing and business development skills and training. There will be initial employment in the construction of the Pa.
    The project is in the beginning stages, and is supported by the Mayor of South Taranaki, Mary Bourke. The contact person is Claire Syme
    [click for project profile]

    Indigenous Trust - Tauranga

    New Project: Indigenous Trust - Tauranga... a community initiative involving a whole-of-government approach with not-for-profit and non government organisations. The project targets young people who haven’t had the opportunity to gain employment, additional education or make the best use of their skills and knowledge. The scheme, modelled on the Young Enterprise Scheme, will see the participants being involved in a real business based around a product or service of their choosing. It involves working as a group on a business idea as well as individual assignments and responsibilities. Each group is assigned a skilled, experienced business mentor.

    The project has the support of the Mayor of Tauranga, Jan Beange. The funding approved is $34,500. Project contact is Alicia Conklin. [click for project profile]


    2005 Projects
    BANK-ABLE Hamilton
    Made IT Manawatu
    Central Otago - Horticultural and Careers Project.
    Waitaki Heritage Alive
    Priority One INSTEP
    Te Araroa Trust - New Projects
    Otorohanga Trade Centre
    Pathways Project
    Nelson Tasman Connections

    Te Araroa Far North
    Taranaki Youthworks
    4 Trades
    Innovative Waste
    Buller Youth Works
    Kaipara Harbour
    Waimakariri Youth
    Te Araroa Whangarei
    Otara Work Co-op
    Patea Community Development Trust
    Indigenous Trust

    Past Projects
    Go Westland
    Theatre Marae

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