25 May 2012

600 in Kaikohe sign up for work in Western Australia

10:42 am on 25 May 2012

More than 600 people at a Kaikohe meeting have signed up to go on a database for work in Western Australia.

They packed into the small Northland town's Memorial Hall on Thursday night to hear about work prospects in the booming iron ore and gas industries across the Tasman.

The recruiting firm Reciprocus, formed by three New Zealanders who've worked in Australia, is aiming to build up a workforce willing to commute to Western Australia.

A director Douglas Foster says workers would be there for four or five week stretches, and then fly home for two or three weeks.

He says Reciprocus is hoping to recruit people with the necessary skills and then to provide people without the right skills with some training.

Mr Foster says jobs in in the mining and construction industries in Western Australia pay between $70,000 and $150,000 - but back home they see friends and relatives struggling on the dole or low wages.

He says there'll be another recruitment meeting in Ruakaka south of Whangarei on Friday night - and two more in Kaitaia next week.