Jobs

April 20th, 2009 at 4:23 pm by David Farrar

Some of the initiatives are starting to work, while others are not eventuating. Phil Goff highlights that he banks are not proceeding with their co-funding of credit in partnership with the Government.And the cycleway has been watered down significantly.

However Paula Bennett has announced that two more firms have joined F&P in the nine day fortnight scheme. You can only be in it for six months, so I am surprised even three firms have already gone into it, as I suspect the worst times are still ahead. I would probably want to go in, if needed, around September 09 and out in March 10 when hopefully the recovery is starting.

One of the new firms going is is Summit Wool Spinners, Oamaru’s second largest employer.

Also better news from Phil Heatley who has 935 people working on upgrading state houses.  Housing NZ is building 86 new homes (on top of the 475 scheduled for this year) and is upgrading 18,000 state houses by July 2010.

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13 Responses to “Jobs”

  1. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    So who is the second firm?

    If they are receiving public money their identity ought to be disclosed.

    If you add up everything that National has done it amounts to part of very little.

    The US has Obama providing principled decisive leadership. NZ has the promise of a cycleway which is disappearing as we watch.

    [DPF: Please provide a name of all people on benefits, so they can be published]

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  2. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Hang on Mickey, don’t be so savage on the government.

    Not only are we getting the cycleway, we are also getting a monorail, an escalator to nowhere, a skyscraper made of popsicle sticks and the world’s biggest magnifyiing glass.

    I am sure I saw all that on TV3.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,170 comments) says:

    “Also better news from Phil Heatley who has 935 people working on upgrading state houses. Housing NZ is building 86 new homes (on top of the 475 scheduled for this year) and is upgrading 18,000 state houses by July 2010.”

    The taxes collected to pay the wages of those 935 people will have destroyed 1500+ jobs based on all the research I have seen.

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  4. Rex Widerstrom (5,255 comments) says:

    I’m not sure if there’s a General Debate thread today because for some reason the page breaks for me after the Clayton Cosgrove post (and does so even when I go to archive view or shift-reload the page, so I suspect there’s a bug.

    And since this post is vaguely economic I shall shamelessly hijack it to direct other readers to an interesting online tool provided by news.com.au which allows you to experiment with various settings for the Australian budget (a kind of “treasuer for a day” if you will).

    Quite interesting. It’d be even more interesting if one of the NZ news site boffins wrote one using the NZ figures… perhaps News Ltd might lend them the basic code.

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  5. gingercrush (153 comments) says:

    Who the hell wants what Obama is delivering. No thanks. And for all his work on such principled leadership, their unemployment rate should hit 10% within six months. You lot on the left might believe you can just spend and create jobs but that isn’t how the world actually works. And all those countries that are spending billions on stimulus packages are still losing more jobs than New Zealand is.

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  6. oob (194 comments) says:

    who has 935 people working on upgrading state houses.

    Here, upgrading should read as repairing the damage that scumbag tenants habitually inflict upon the state-provided dwellings.

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  7. big bruv (13,228 comments) says:

    Why not employ 935 people to sell each and every one of these bloody state houses.

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  8. dime (9,396 comments) says:

    “The US has Obama providing principled decisive leadership. NZ has the promise of a cycleway which is disappearing as we watch.”

    true! hes leading them towards socialism! full steam ahead.

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  9. Jackson Wood (14 comments) says:

    I hear that Michael Oliver doesn’t even have a job.

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  10. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    “Housing NZ is building 86 new homes (on top of the 475 scheduled for this year) and is upgrading 18,000 state houses by July 2010.”

    Are you sure that the new homes are on top of existing HNZC scheduled developments? Labour was pumping out around 1000 new state homes a year I think. So getting all excited about under 100 is stupid.

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  11. The Stig (32 comments) says:

    Why is it good news that people are being employed fixing state houses?

    All this does is push up prices for private sector housebuilders.

    The best thing would be to sell all state houses, along with the hospitals and schools.

    Pinko!

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  12. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    Housing New Zealand has HUGE landholdings. Clearly being a property developer is (usually) a profitable business. So why the heck shouldn’t the state profit from the redevelopment of HNZCs land, rather than a private developer?

    There is a significant HNZC waiting list. However, HNZC also realise that further concentration in areas that already have a lot of state houses is not a particularly good outcome. Therefore, a lot of recent moves for HNZC was to redevelop their land at higher densities, to sell a large number of the additional units (or to pass them onto affordable housing trusts etc.) This way they could both maintain (or slightly increase) their unit numbers, while at the same time reducing their concentration. And hey, if they sell some of the units they might even be able to cover a good chunk of the costs of building new state houses (which themselves have FAR lower maintenance costs than old places). Therefore, HNZC significantly redeveloping their landholdings (and they have the theoretical capacity for around 4000 extra units in Mt Roskill/Owairaka and Otara alone) is a win-win for everyone.

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  13. KiwiGreg (3,170 comments) says:

    Jarbury there is so much wrong with what you say where do I begin.

    “It’s profitably so the state should do it” – we know where that ends

    “There is a significant HNZC waiting list” – we charge below market for something and so people prefer it to paying market therefore there is a demand we must meet

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