Taranaki booming says local leaders

October 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Daily News reports:

Taranaki leaders are hailing new population figures that show the region is booming.

The province has 5484 more people than it did seven years ago, making it the third fastest-growing region in the North Island …

Venture Taranaki chief executive Stuart Trundle said New Plymouth district is a standout performer and one of the country’s strongest-growing areas.

New mayor Andrew Judd agreed and said the increase was largely due to the province’s booming oil and gas industry.

However, he also said New Plymouth must ready itself to be in a strong position to capitalise on the growth.

“With growth comes more pressure. We need to make sure we have enough houses for these people and our healthcare can handle the increase.

“We also need to examine these figures and find out where the gaps are and work on those,” he said.

Mr Trundle said New Plymouth’s 7.7 per cent growth was monumental, especially by comparison with the Manawatu/Whanganui, which grew by 1 per cent.

So they’re calling the growth monumental. But wasn’t there someone saying the figures would show an exodus of people from the region?

National came out firing yesterday with Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young both accusing Labour leader of making up stuff.

Mr Cunliffe said the latest Census would show a widespread exodus from the regions as provincial New Zealanders flee forgotten small towns. He also said real median weekly incomes for Taranaki have dropped $24.

But Census figures showed the new Labour boss was wrong.

Statistics released yesterday show the region’s population had actually increased.

Mr Young said the figures contradicted Mr Cunliffe’s claims.

“Since the 2006 income survey, real after-tax weekly incomes in Taranaki have increased by $85.”

So Cunliffe was wrong on the population and he is trying to pull a swiftie on the income side by quoting gross incomes, not after tax incomes (ie how much actual money you have to spend).


12 Responses to “Taranaki booming says local leaders”

  1. igm (2,456 comments) says:

    Cunliffe, Mallard, Len Brown, effeminate Wgtn Cen MP, Jones, Parker, King, Cosgrove, Hipkins: Do any of them have anything to offer other than a background of lies and deception?

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  2. wreck1080 (5,016 comments) says:

    I think talking gross incomes is handy though –gross incomes are a reflection of the economic health and whether employers can afford pay rises and generally are a reflection of both inflation and productivity.

    Governments come and go and will shift taxes according to requirements but your gross income is an ever increasing value.

    John Key made a promise to NZ that we would catch us up to Australian wages — he has abysmally failed at that and is pretty quiet about that these days.

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  3. Harriet (7,527 comments) says:

    Fuck me….two elections ago, and I presume the last election also, Andrew little was out announcing how the unions were responsable for all the money flowwing around the Taranaki economy – due of course to the unions getting ‘high rates of pay’ for oil and gas workers!

    But as I pointed out at the time, it is the Australian unions who do the heavy lifting and who get high pay rates for their workers, but the kiwi union members have simply benefitted from being in a ‘supply and demand’ australian mining and gas boom which has then NATURALY driven up the wages of kiwi union members.

    Or in other words:

    NZ Labour and it’s NZ Unions have done fuck all for Taranaki!

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  4. peterwn (4,284 comments) says:

    A big problem with Question Time is a question can be loaded with various assertions. If the main question, the Minister’s staff can check out the assertions so the Minister can call bulls**t if need be. If a supplementary, the Minister could be caught between a rock and hard place. John Key was well prepared for David Cunliffe’s question and supplementaries, with the result that his question was virtually a patsy and Grant Robertson was leaping up and down trying to shut down John Key’s replies – and nearly got chucked out.

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  5. Morgy (173 comments) says:

    Cunliffe was eaten up and spat out yesterday. Fool. Bring facts to the table next time…..oh sorry…..what?…The facts don’t tell bad stories only positive indicators?? Oh…..well that’s going to be tough then! How about today you try the useful “does the prime minister stand by all his statements?”

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  6. dime (13,008 comments) says:

    From what Dime can tell, Labours strategy going forward is to convince the country that we suck, we are shit, we are poor, doom & gloom and hope we vote for them because???

    they have no answers!? no policy?

    they inspire no one.

    Train wreck.

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  7. hj (8,596 comments) says:

    John Maudlin notes

    I’ve noted in previous letters that there may be as many as four distinct oil- and gas-producing zones layered on top of each other in North Dakota. So the Bakken could be four times as big as we think today. It now looks like similarly explosive growth is happening in the Permian Basin in Texas. In a large rather “new” field called the Spraberry/Wolfcamp, the potential for finding oil is simply astounding. In fact, Pioneer Natural Resources is suggesting that it is the second biggest oilfield in the world (see table below).



    Julian Simon says “alternatives are found” but business as usual is blind.

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  8. Ross12 (2,512 comments) says:

    Well done to Taranaki and the Taranaki Daily News for putting the facts right and calling Cunliffe out !!

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  9. kiwi in america (2,686 comments) says:

    Key owned Cunliffe from start to finish in PQ yesterday – even Robertson’s plaintiff points of order attempting to rescue his boss couldn’t prevent the whooping.

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  10. wreck1080 (5,016 comments) says:

    I’ve afraid kiwibloggers have no financial understanding if they don’t think gross incomes are important.

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  11. wreck1080 (5,016 comments) says:

    To explain, it is not a great scenario if the only way you can get a pay rise is through tax cuts. I think taxes need to be a low as possible and people should be able to lift their gross incomes through greater productivity as they learn new skills and get better at what they do.

    This, is not happening.

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  12. hj (8,596 comments) says:

    The Buffoon Morgan says:

    Most self-interested corporates (like oil companies) argue that the environment management is a public good, and thus argue should be paid for out of general taxes, that user pays doesn’t apply in their case. They point out that the mere fact that they are operating here at all generates benefits. Of course drilling will bring economic benefits – including royalties, tax revenue and jobs. However, let’s not get too excited – the royalties and corporate tax revenue are calculated as a percentage of profit. We have seen that multinationals are adept at shifting their profit around the world to ensure they pay the least tax possible. This is legal and fairly simple to do – just burden up their New Zealand operation with debt, so that the revenue here is written off against the interest costs. To hear Simon Bridges waxing lyrical about 42 cents in the dollar of profit is galling to anyone with even a smidgeon of economic literacy. Royalties should be paid as a percentage of revenue instead of profits – that is foreign investment 101, which even all undeveloped countries know these days.


    Can we trust Bridges opinion on (well) anything?

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