Government announces several million for Eastern Bay youth employment

A local MP says the latest multi-million dollar funding announcement for the Eastern Bay just emphasises the Government's commitment to the region.

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On Friday, Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay.

He Poutama Rangatahi is an initiative launched this year to target regions with a high number of young people not earning or learning, and providing support to both young people and employers in those areas.

Local Labour List MP Kiri Allan says the money will go into the the Eastern Bay communities of Opōtiki, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Te Teko, and is over and above the $1.7 million announced earlier in the year to support work programmes in Opōtiki. 

She says this Government is putting it's money where it's mouth is when it comes to the regions.

Ms Allan says the Eastern Bay of Plenty is a priority area for the Government.

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