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New Zealand town says 'nope, we won't pay you $160K to move here to work'

CNBC logo CNBC 2/07/2016 Javier E. David
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One town in New Zealand is suffering from a problem other cities around the world would love to have: Full employment. Just don't expect them to foot the bill for your move.

Kaitangata—a New Zealand town with a population of only 800—has hundreds of vacant job positions in its agriculture sector, and it's dying to fill them. In a further embarrassment of riches, the town also has an ample stock of affordable housing.

However, the town on Saturday denied a spate of reports that suggested the city would offer sizable resettlement packages to fill their open jobs. The San Francisco Gate reported that Mayor Bryan Cadogan and the town's professionals were offering NZ$ 230,000 to job seekers to relocate.

"There is currently a story that has been published by overseas media that we are paying people $230,000 to move to Kaitangata and people should ring the Mayor about it. This is NOT TRUE," a statement on the website read.

As one might expect in a global economy suffering from stagnant middle class wages, the mayor's office was deluged with calls from around the globe responding to the initial reports of a fat check awaiting those who wished to relocate.

No such luck, as it turns out.

"People are not being paid to move to Kaitangata and you should not contact the Mayor about it," the statement on Saturday read.

Still, the mayor touted the town's relatively cheap housing. He also suggested interested applicants comply with New Zealand's applicable immigration laws, and check in with the town's economic agency for job openings.

"If you do meet the (immigration) criteria and you'd like to know more about the affordable House and Land packages ON SALE in Kaitangata, you need to visit" the city's website to check out the openings, the statement added.

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