Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

More pay cheques, less dole payments in Northland


More pay cheques, less dole payments in Northland

Amid job growth, Northland's number of unemployment beneficiaries fell by almost 11 per cent in the year to September 2003.

The figures contained in the Department of Labour's latest six-monthly regional report, have been welcomed as a win-win for taxpayers and beneficiaries by Te Tai Tokerau MP Dover Samuels.

"Every person coming off a benefit reduces the cost to taxpayers and at the same time they start paying tax. That means a double hit of money becomes available for our schools, hospitals and other needs," said Dover Samuels.

The number of unemployment beneficiaries in Northland fell 10.8 per cent to 5,900 in September. Job growth in Northland is 3rd highest in the country.

Job growth in Northland was 5.1 per cent in the year to September 2003. Northland's trade and hospitality sectors drove much of this growth, along with the primary sector. The construction industry has also started to post job gains.

"Beyond the financial gains, much more flows from having lower unemployment, says Dover Samuels, " people who come off a benefit enjoy a real lift in their spirits. A better sense of fairness and security ripples across every family and community.

"The government wants more people in jobs rather than moving to parts of the country where there is little chance of work.

"As part of this we are committed to having every 16-19-year old in work, training or education by 2007. As at September there were 3,850, mostly young people in industry training in Northland said Dover Samuels. ( Far North 1,388, Kaipara 248, Whangarei 2,214.)

The department of Labour report says economic and job growth in Northland will be moderate this year, but unemployment is expected to remain relatively low. Regional economies are strong and consumer confidence remains high.

Contact: Regional Labour Market Reports available at: http://www.dol.govt.nz/labour-market-reports.asp

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages