Parliament

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

 

Manufacturing exports fall further in real world

29 January 2013
Manufacturing exports fall further in real world


Manufactured exports continue to fall under the National Government providing further evidence of a growing crisis in manufacturing, the Green Party said today.

New Statistics New Zealand Overseas Merchandise Trade figures for December 2012 show annual manufacturing exports values down 5.2 percent over the year, and down 9.7 percent since National took office.

“Manufactured exports have fallen 9.7% since National took office providing further evidence of a growing crisis in manufacturing,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“Steven Joyce denies there’s a problem but the evidence shows our manufacturing sector is in real trouble.

“On Planet Joyce, there’s no crisis in manufacturing, despite the on-going decline in manufactured exports and the loss of 40,000 jobs in the sector since 2008.

“The National Government has failed to put our economy onto a more sustainable, jobs rich path.

“This fragile economic recovery looks disturbingly similar to previous economic recoveries, which are focused on unsustainable growth in house prices and consumer spending – not the critical rebalancing promised by Bill English.

“As National Bank Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie has said, increased activity in the housing sector is ‘not the stuff of a durable, long-term, sustainable upswing’.”
Treasury is forecasting the current account balance – the measure of our outgoings and incomings with the rest of the world – to deteriorate further over the next three years to $15.1 billion or 6.2 percent of GDP by 2016.

“Our widening current account deficit is the single most obvious measure of an economy that’s living beyond its means,” Dr Norman said

“High value-added manufactured exports and import substitution are a key part of economic rebalancing and drive the creation of well-paid jobs throughout our economy.

“Manufacturing can thrive again in a smart green economy, but it’s going to need a Government that recognises the challenges manufacturers’ face – namely the high and highly volatile New Zealand dollar – and deliver policy that will help them,” Dr Norman said.

“Telling manufacturers to simply smarten up is unhelpful, at best.”

Link to Statistics New Zealand Overseas Merchandise Trade figures:
http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/imports_and_exports/OverseasMerchandiseTrade_HOTPDec12.aspx

Finance Minister Bill English on the importance of an export-led recovery:
Questions for Oral Answer, 24 August 2010
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga: What are the benefits to the economy of an export-led recovery?
Hon BILL ENGLISH: It is vital that we rebalance our economy towards growth from the export sector. Too much of our growth over the last 4 or 5 years has come from people borrowing too much, speculating in the housing market, and that being reinforced by a splurge in Government spending. As a lot of Kiwis have found out, that is not a recipe for sustainable jobs, so an export-led recovery is required to rebalance the economy.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog
More RSS News Alerts