A senior New Zealand local government identity is to address local councils this week on their role in job creation.
Training Minister and local MLC Kay Hallahan today said she had arranged for the Mayor of Christchurch, Vicki Buck, to meet with local government officials in the south east metropolitan region.
Mrs Hallahan, who is chair of the South East Metropolitan Local Authorities Group, said Armadale Mayor Roger Stubbs would host the gathering.
She said local governments played an important role in boosting business confidence and stimulating job growth.
"The Christchurch City Council has been involved in employment promotion since 1978 and has achieved great results in supporting and developing local businesses which in turn employ more people," she said.
"In 1989, the Council launched 'Target 2000', a project to promote a sense of optimism and identify 2,000 new jobs within a year.
"In just nine months, the Council recorded 2,000 new jobs."
Mrs Hallahan said businesses which created a new job were given Council recognition, incentives and prizes.
"For instance, a business which created a new position could receive thousands of dollars of free advertising donated by a local newspaper," she said.
"The project created a snowball effect with large and small businesses, the local government and the community working toward the common goal of creating new jobs."