Govt creates building jobs as stimulus

Thursday May 14, 2020 Written by Published in Local
The National Auditorium will be one of the biggest refurbishment projects. 17112332 The National Auditorium will be one of the biggest refurbishment projects. 17112332

Big projects to refurbish government buildings are being brought forward, to create jobs for builders and labourers. 

A government agency has brought forward future projects to create employment for those without jobs during this Covid-19 period.

Cook Islands Investment Corporation is offering short-term employment opportunities for builders, carpenters and general labourers.

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Anne Taoro, the corporation’s facility development manager, said the employment would be up to six months.

Taoro said the new recruits would work as part of corporation’s building maintenance teams to carry out maintenance and refurbishment work on various government buildings.

Refurbishment work on the National Auditorium will be one of the major projects for the corporation in the coming months.

Altogether, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation is overseeing 16 government buildings, including offices, hostels and other facilities.

“We have eight employees in our maintenance team and their job is to look after the general maintenance and minor refurbishment works on various government buildings,” Taoro said.

“Given the Covid-19 situation, we are going to bring forward some of the works that were scheduled to be done in the next 12 months. This is just to create some employment but only short term and we can’t guarantee work beyond that (six months).”

The corporation is looking at employing two to three crews of six to eight workers each in the first intake.

There are a limited number of placements available immediately, however, recruitment may be extended at a later date if additional people are required.

“There is quite a bit of work, enough to carry us through to six months,” Taoro said.

She confirmed the workers would be paid the normal rate for the advertised positions.

The corporation would also put out tenders for new constructions, if needed, to assist the private sector during this Covid-19 period, Taoro added.

Applications for full time and part time employment will be considered.

The application for employment form and job descriptions are available for collection from the Cook Islands Investment Corporation Office in Takuvaine, Avarua (next to Prestige Furnishing) or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Completed application forms received by the corporation before 4pm on Friday, May 22 will be considered for the first intake. Applications received after this date may be considered for later should work and openings become available.

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