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Jack Link’s Factory opening - Jim Anderton Speech

17 July 2002
Hon Jim Anderton
Speech Notes

Jack Link’s Factory opening

Jack Link’s Factory
Wednesday 17 July 2002
10.30 am
157 Montgomerie Road

VIP’s: Sir Barry Curtis
Jay Link
Jack Link
Denise Fink (Regional Commissioner, WINZ)
Stella Ford (Regional Manager, Skill NZ)
Greg Byrne (Area Manager, Westpac)

It’s a privilege to be here for the opening of this new plant. I’d like to congratulate John Corner, Jack and Jay Link, Industry New Zealand, WINZ and all those who have been involved in bringing this project to fruition.

Jack Link’s is an excellent example of the type of added-value manufacturing that will create sustainable growth and export earnings for New Zealand.

Rather than marketing raw, low-value commodites, this plant uses advanced technology and a skilled workforce to create a high-value export product.

You are to be commended, John, for having the foresight to plan this company as a genuine joint venture.

It is exciting to see your Kiwi business sense partnered with the capital and expertise provided by Jack and Jay.

This is the kind of incoming investment which the present Coalition Government wants to encourage.

We want to foster long-term partnerships with overseas investors rather than selling our assets for short-term cash returns.

And I’d also like to congratulate Jay and Jack Link for choosing New Zealand for their latest plant.

By opening here, you will provide Mangere with 400 skilled jobs over the next 2 years.

Many of these positions have been filled by people who were among the long-term unemployed. These jobs will provide them both with income and upskilling for the future—not to mention a constructive role in the progress of their community.

By choosing New Zealand, you also act as an excellent example to other companies who may also be contemplating new or further investment in New Zealand.

I’d also like to thank Industry New Zealand and WINZ for working with John to facilitate this project, especially in the areas of feasibility and recruitment.

When I first became Minister of Economic Development, the idea of separate government departments working together for a common goal was virtually unheard of.

I’m pleased to see that now, only 2 ½ years later, it’s become the normal course of action.

This Government has re-engaged in the economy as a partner with local communities and businesses.

As a result, innovative New Zealand businessmen like John have access to the expertise, contacts and financial support of the Government.

More such public/private partnerships will foster wider global business development opportunities and expand New Zealand’s international networks.

More jobs will be created. More added-value products will be manufactured. Our export markets will increase and as a result, so will our overseas exchange earnings as a nation.

I’m committed to continuing to implement progressive policies that all New Zealanders can be proud of.

I am committed to being a voice for full employment, innovation and strong local communities and regions in partnership with industry both in this Government and the next.

Congratulations to you all, and I wish you the best of luck with Jack Link’s for the future.

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