Regional Growth

November 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

As Labour start claiming an exodus of people from NZ, we get record inflows. Likewise as they claim a crisis in manufacturing, manufacturing indicators reach record highs. The latest Labour claim has been that the regions are being starved, and growth is happening in the major cities only.

So what does the quarterly ANZ Regional Trends report tell us. The six strongest growing regions in the last quarter were:

  1. Taranaki
  2. Gisborne
  3. West Coast
  4. Otago
  5. Northland
  6. Nelson-Marlborough

All have quarterly growth ranging from 1.3% to 2.5%, which is incredibly high.

Of course the Greens want to eliminate most of the industries in Taranaki and the West Coast!

Stuff reports:

Regional is at its strongest in nine years, with only the Canterbury region recording a slower rate of annual growth for the year to September.

Labour’s track record at picking issues continues to excel.

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15 Responses to “Regional Growth”

  1. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    And Canterbury’s lower rate of growth was 6.2%, down from 6.6%. So poor old Labour and their mad chums the Greens just can’t cop a break. Yesterday morning David Parker was on State Radio claiming the only growth occurring was in Canterbury, and National’s only plan was to rely on earthquakes, then this comes out. Doh!

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  2. Cunningham (836 comments) says:

    Haha once again the opposition make a fool of themselves. They seem to do that on almost a daily basis!

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  3. labrator (1,892 comments) says:

    Any correlation with Northland’s growth and the “holiday highway”?

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  4. Ed Snack (1,833 comments) says:

    It’s probably the seasonal “dak” harvest showing up in the figures ! More seriously, one of the companies I work with has a serious problem getting enough workers and it’s more serious this year for some reason. They recruit seasonally and a lot of people return each year. They go from the applicant pool to a selected group who fit with the criteria, and then (for safety reasons) everyone has to undergo a drugs test. And so many fail (or try to cheat it and are rejected for cheating) that they have a real struggle to get the number they need.

    They test for a few substances, but it’s marijuana that gets detected. If the figures are correct as I’ve seen them, then at least in that pool of workers drug use is endemic.

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  5. Ricardo (54 comments) says:

    When the new highway extends right through to Whangarei (and beyond) then watch Northland Go!!! This area has the port, the potential and the future of NZ tourism going for it. All we need are the upgraded transport connections of road and rail.

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  6. campit (467 comments) says:

    Northland’s unemployment rate lifted from 8.1 percent in June to 9.4 percent in September – a worsening in the regional rankings, from third highest across the regions to the nation’s highest rate. This deterioration was despite the region achieving a 3.5 percent increase in employment in the quarter, to an 18-month high, and reflects a higher labour force participation rate.

    Eh? So unemployment is getting worse, but employment is increasing?

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  7. campit (467 comments) says:

    When the new highway extends right through to Whangarei (and beyond) then watch Northland Go!!!

    A travel time saving of a few minutes to Warkworth will have no effect on Northland’s economy. Would be better to spend the money on the roads in the Northland region.

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  8. Gulag1917 (851 comments) says:

    Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru are booming as a result of relocation of people and business from Christchurch.

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  9. beautox (438 comments) says:

    Yeah their latest prediction apparently is that Cunliffe and Labour form the next government.

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  10. flash2846 (252 comments) says:

    It’s a pity green/labour supporters will as usual ignore these facts or invent some other distractions.
    They are a shameful lot of ignorant fools

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  11. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Greenpeace, an organisation made of a bunch of communists disguised as enviromentalists. The eco-terrorists are against progress at all cost.

    We are here in defence of our ocean, future generations, our climate and our coastlines,” McDiarmid said.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/9418931/Greenpeace-minnow-takes-on-drilling-giant

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  12. Azeraph (604 comments) says:

    From my point of life I see a lot of people not working on the roads, you can tell by the time of day and where they are.

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  13. Zapper (1,003 comments) says:

    campit, these words (that you quoted) may help you:

    “and reflects a higher labour force participation rate”.

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  14. Paulus (2,591 comments) says:

    Tauranga has a boomer of new vacancies as the BOP Times headline last week.

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  15. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    ricardo. You a right on there. Some people dont get that its not about the minutes it will save, its about being a nicer road that people a safer to drive on which promotes more use and also the gradients iwll be so improved meaing much better efficency for transportation of goods.
    Labours answer is to do up the rail line to the port, That will help efficencies in north but wont bring anywhere near as much gains as the wellsford road.
    What pisses me off is all the orading companies that make so much for this. talk about a cartel

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