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

 


New Zealand Faces Youth Jobs Crisis

Megan
WOODS
Youth Affairs spokesperson

9 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

New Zealand Faces Youth Jobs Crisis

New Zealand is facing a youth job crisis with one in four young people unemployed, says Labour's Youth Affairs spokesperson Megan Woods.

“Unemployment among 15 – 19-year-olds is 25 per cent. That’s one in four. A terrible statistic.

“Despite John Key calling these figures a ‘surprise’ they confirm what I have been hearing from young people all over the country.

“There are no jobs for them. There are 85,000 young people not in education, training or work in this country. That has increased by 18,000 since National took office.

“They are feeling the unrelenting lack of opportunity here in their country and they are flocking to departure lounges to cross the Tasman as fast as they can.

“National is turning Generation Y into Generation OZ. We have to turn this around.

“National is doing very little to address this. Other countries have major training and skills programmes to help kick-start young people’s careers.

“This Government is stuck in the past, and refuses to implement the policies that could turn this situation around. All they have offered is a continued undermining of our young people and their worth with their welfare reforms and youth pay rates.

“It is time for them to think on a different scale.

“Labour would do just that. We are committed to getting young people into training and in Government would use the unemployment benefit to get young people into apprenticeships.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news