Didn’t Labour claim the provinces were not sharing in the recovery?

December 28th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The South Island has had bigger median income gains than the North over the past seven years, Census figures show.

But an expert cautions that the figures may point to changing work and migration patterns, rather than real growth in income for the same people.

Statistics New Zealand figures drawn from last year’s Census show all regions in the South Island, except for the Queenstown-Lakes District, have had growth in real median income.

Buller District’s median income increase was up 19 per cent on 2006. Ashburton and Southland District had increases of 14 and 11.7 per cent.

In the North Island, New Plymouth and Stratford District had the largest increases with 8.5 and 7.4 per cent.

Median incomes in Auckland, the central North Island and some East Coast regions were down on the 2006 Census.

So median income down in Auckland and massive growth in Buller, Asburton, Southland and Taranaki. This is what Labour calls the provinces missing out. I never knew they regarded Auckland as a province.

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15 Responses to “Didn’t Labour claim the provinces were not sharing in the recovery?”

  1. kowtow (6,690 comments) says:

    And how much of that is down to the dairy cockies that the Greens and city slickers love to hate?

    Drink a pint of milk a day,moo moo moo.

    We got rich on the back of sheep and are staying that way cos of cows!

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  2. Keeping Stock (9,788 comments) says:

    Labour needs to do a stocktake of the provincial electorates, and then ask themselves the question – “Why do we hold so few of them?” The answer lies in Labour’s constant talking down to the provinces. There is a helluva lot of good stuff happening in provincial New Zealand, and those of us who live in the provinces have had a gutsful of Labour’s negativity, and of the Greens saying “no” to everything.

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  3. Alan (908 comments) says:

    “But an expert cautions that the figures may point to changing work and migration patterns, rather than real growth in income for the same people.”

    This really.

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  4. Don the Kiwi (1,316 comments) says:

    If they can’t get a simple analysis of provincial growth right, how can they expect to govern the country? You don’t have to wait for a census to get these figures.

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  5. duggledog (1,102 comments) says:

    Labour would not know the provinces or provincial life if they fell over it (save a few like Damien O’Connor)

    It’s still widely regarded as the party of homosexuals, teachers, unionists, career politicians, and ex bureaucrats. You can’t do a lot with that.

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  6. Right_Wing_Dad (62 comments) says:

    Taranaki: The Land of Milk and Oil.

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  7. bringbackdemocracy (350 comments) says:

    Of course Labour understands the provinces, they drove through them in a bus.

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  8. skyblue (193 comments) says:

    In the past year I have done well in Taranaki (Agri & O&Gas industries), Christchurch (construction, chemicals & wool processing). 2 boom areas. I see 2014 as being better also.

    Remember the Greens wanted us to kill 20% of our cow herd a few years ago. That sums up their economic knowledge.

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  9. thor42 (764 comments) says:

    @skyblue – “Remember the Greens wanted us to kill 20% of our cow herd a few years ago.”

    Ahh…… if I were the Nats, I would remind people of that on an election billboard. The Greens need to be targeted (as well as Labour).

    How about this –
    “Kill 20% of our dairy cows. That’ll get the economy running.”
    “Yeah, right”.

    Even the most knuckledragging Labour and Greens supporters should know that dairy farms have led the economic recovery here.

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  10. skyblue (193 comments) says:

    thor42 – I am sure it will be mentioned by the Nats, but they will need a counter for the ‘but it ruins the waterways’. Ironic cow shit is the same colour, Green:).
    White Gold has helped NZ more than anything else in the past 5 years keep our head above the water. The thing with cow milk is that it will always be required, even if China melts down they will still take all our milk at the drop of a hat as they still have a rapidly multiplying appitite for value added products. Iron ore is a different story.

    ‘Even the most knuckledragging Labour and Greens supporters should know that dairy farms have led the economic recovery here.’ These knuckleheads think this is a bad thing so will never admit to this.

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  11. Gulag1917 (425 comments) says:

    Labour and Greens economic dinosaurs.

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  12. lolitasbrother (337 comments) says:

    Yes Canterbury is a province, but in Christchurch, apart from Gerry’s seat all is lost.
    Both Electorally and in City Council
    There is an overshadow of blame about EQC apportioned to the Government.
    And well quite frankly it is deserved.
    NZ Nat party made the most trivial and weak representation in the Christchurch East seat,
    Nicky Wagner has realised that there is no hope in Central Christchurch and we are packing up to leave.

    No obvious recovery here people. you need a super sprung 4 wheel drive just to travel the roads.

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  13. Gulag1917 (425 comments) says:

    Christchurch is an economic and transport hub so its future is reasonably assured. The roads are not that bad just requires a bit of extra care.

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  14. simo (150 comments) says:

    Why the hell doesn’t the Herald mention who the f^&^^king expert is? A Labour or Green suckhole probably.

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  15. ManuT (33 comments) says:

    Well, as soon as I see or hear commentary from any greens/labour fool I instantly turn off. They are simply not factual. Lucky for their leadership that there are so many left voting retards in New Zealand.

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