Inspiring stories, real news and the hard questions

The rain keeps coming, in between we have sunny days and clear blue skies and the election has been delayed!

All the while, the Coast keeps inspiring us with people whose energy, initiative, hard work and imagination make our communities enviable places to live.

One such person I have met this week is Amy Moore.  She is a livewire for sure and the driving force behind new job opportunities in the local fishing industry.

Her efforts are backed by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) whose support for fishing training initiatives and regional apprenticeship training on the Coast is second to none. MSD also strongly support and fund the Mayors’ Task Force for Jobs, the Mana and Mahi Expansion programme as well as the Maori Trades and Training Fund.

There is plenty of financial assistance out there for those just starting out in their chosen career and for those wanting to retain and take their careers in new directions.

Have a listen here as I outline the full range of MSD initiatives available to create more job opportunities on the Coast.

The Coaster’s Club is of course the vehicle by which we can all stay connected so I would encourage you to join up. I know we can’t always agree on all things, but we can agree that we all want the best for the Coast and the people whose lives and history are intrinsically tied to this wonderful place.

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Thanks again for your on-going support. If you have story you think should be told in Coaster’s Weekly, or you know of a couple of characters we really ought to talk to, please let us know.

Bruce Smith

Inspiring stories, real news and the hard questions