Parliament

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

 

Loss of value-add holding back NZ exports

27 March 2014

Loss of value-add holding back NZ exports

Despite record commodity prices, New Zealand’s exports are falling short of their potential as manufactured exports fall, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

New figures from Statistics New Zealand show that the value of milk powder and log exports increased rapidly in recent years but those gains have been largely offset by the big decline in the value of manufactured and other exports.

“In government, the Greens will focus on adding more value to our exports. We should be exporting high-value, high-tech goods made from the resources that we produce. That would create jobs and wealth here in New Zealand. Instead, we are just exporting those raw commodities and letting other countries capture the value of manufacturing them,” said Dr Norman.

“Despite the surge in commodity export revenue, the inflation-adjusted value of exports has risen by just 4% since John Key came to power. Rising commodity prices have increased revenue from milk powder and logs but the value of all our other exports has plunged.

“National is nowhere near on track to meet its goal of increasing exports to 40% of GDP by 2025.

“Manufactured exports are down 20% under National, including a 4% fall in the past year.

“National seems to think we can just ride on a wave of rising commodity prices forever but, as the recent fall in milk prices shows, that wave will break sooner or later. When commodity prices fall, we’ll find that the value-add parts of our economy are a shadow of their former selves.

“If we want a truly prosperous and environmentally sustainable New Zealand, we need smart, modern manufacturing and other high-value sectors. We can’t just rely on China having an unending appetite for our milk and logs.

“The Greens will support high-value manufacturing by working to get the dollar down to a fair level. We will support Kiwi manufacturers by ensuring that the government buys Kiwi-made when it can. The Greens will support innovation by investing in research and development and through measures such as our Structural Timber Award.

“The Greens’ plan will create high-skill, high-wage jobs and mean that New Zealand earns more for its exports while doing less harm to the environment,” said Dr Norman.


Additional information:

inflation-adjustedMilk powder and logsManufactured exportsTotal exports
Year to November 2008$ 7,485,205,405 $ 13,777,438,491 $ 47,743,228,690
Year to February 2013$ 9,792,462,267 $ 11,598,265,382 $ 46,745,802,979
Year to February 2014$ 13,230,677,303 $ 11,086,557,551 $ 49,710,694,687
Change: Nov 08-Feb 14$ 5,745,471,898-$ 2,690,880,939 $ 1,967,465,997
Change: Feb 13-Feb 14$ 3,438,215,036-$ 511,707,831 $ 2,964,891,708
Change: Nov 08-Feb 1477%-20%4%
Change: Feb 13-Feb 1435%-4%6%

Source: Statistics New Zealand

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Budget '17: Budget Spends Down Future Surpluses

Tax cuts for every working New Zealander, targeted to low and middle income earners, more generous assistance for families and renters, and a massive spend-up on public services infrastructure mark Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s election year Budget.

The package of changes to income tax thresholds, the Working for Families programme, and the Accommodation Supplement is the Budget’s political centrepiece and will cost $2 billion a year. More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

ALSO:

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election