By Jon Corrigan

By: Jon Corrigan

A small town in southern New Zealand has a surplus of jobs, and they desperately want you to move there.

The picturesque town of Kaitangata, described as “lush, hilly, green, and peaceful,” is home to roughly 800 people and is a mere eight minutes from the coastline.

According to, Kaitangata is heavily involved in “necessary industries relating to dairy processing and freezing works” and there are around 1,000 vacant jobs.

So, in response, the town has launched a recruiting campaign to lure prospective candidates with housing and land packages costing only NZ$230,000 (or $165,000 U.S.).

“This is an old-fashioned community, we don’t lock our houses, we let kids run free,” a local dairy farmer and third-generation native named Evan Dick told The Guardian. “We have jobs, we have houses, but we don’t have people. We want to make this town vibrant again, we are waiting with open arms.”

“We have got youth unemployment down to two,” Mayor Bryan Cadogan says. “Not 2 percent —just two unemployed young people.”

As a result of this story going global, with Kaitangata receiving thousands of email inquiries,  the Mayor’s office issued a statement.

“If you live overseas, the first thing you need to do is check you are eligible to work in NZ before contacting anyone –

“If you are already eligible to live and work in New Zealand and are genuinely interested in the district please email our economic development agency Clutha Development Inc at or check for more information about the house and land packages on sale in Kaitangata, but again we ask for your patience as we work through the responses.”

Read the full announcement here.


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