Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Drop In The Bucket For Textiles And Clothing

Media release
11 December 2003

Drop in the bucket for textiles and clothing

The Government's transitional plan for the textiles and clothing industry does not show much commitment to innovation and growth, says Business NZ.

"The high-end fashion design industry stands to be gutted of cutting, machinist and other skills if the T-shirt making part of the industry founders under tariff reforms, so a transition strategy is clearly needed.

"There is a critical mass of skills that needs to be nurtured through the next five years or so, to avoid those skills being lost to the industry forever.

"The cost of maintaining those skills should be compared with the cost of paying the dole for those whose age, skill levels or location may otherwise make the unemployment benefit their only realistic option. "In this context a grant of $200,000 is a drop in the bucket - neither capable of supporting a growth and innovation strategy nor of capitalising on existing skills.

"The OECD recently criticised New Zealand for its 'passive' welfare system - in other words for failing to actively support people into productive work. Allowing clothing manufacturing skills to dissipate and skilled workers to simply move onto the dole is a pertinent example of this.

"Every local WINZ office would dish out more than $200,000 every afternoon. A $200,000 grant for the textiles and clothing industry is not enough to make a meaningful impact on regional development and future economic growth."


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>


Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>


CO2 And Water: Fonterra's Environment Plans

Federated Farmers support Fonterra’s bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the Co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network. More>>


Fisheries: Decision To Delay Monitoring ‘Fatally Flawed’

Conservation group representatives say a decision by the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, to delay implementation of camera monitoring of fishing efforts in New Zealand is ‘fatally flawed’. More>>


Kaikōura Quakes: One Year On

State Highway One and the railway were blocked by damage and slips and the Inland Road suffered significant damage. Farms, homes and businesses suffered building and land damage. Power and internet went down, drinking water systems, sewage systems and local roads were all badly affected... More>>