Cadbury's factory workers in Dunedin have been thrown a lifeline by dairy giant Fonterra, three months after it was announced that Cadbury would close.
A redundancy co-ordinator has been helping the nearly 400 workers find jobs or retrain, many of whom are Pacific peoples.
E Tu Union spokeman Neville Donaldson, says a bus-load of Cadbury's workers were recently hosted by Fonterra.
"They're people who can adapt very quickly to other production-like work," he says.
Cadbury's parent company Mondelez International has now called for expressions of interest, for a company to continue producing some of its iconic products in New Zealand.
These include Kiwi favourites Pineapple Lumps, Jaffas, Buzz Bars and Pinky Bars.
Donaldson says it's a rare opportunity to keep the axed jobs in New Zealand.
Expressions of interest close on June 2.