Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


"Buy Kiwi Made or Bye Kiwi Made"

"Buy Kiwi Made or Bye Kiwi Made"


Judith Bell Urges MPs to get in behind the Buy Kiwi Made Campaign

Judith Bell sent this letter to Prime Minister Helen Clark, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard and Treasurer Michael Cullen last Thursday, plus a similar letter was sent to the National Party and NZ First Caucus. Ms Bell attended this promo on the ground floor of the Beehive on the 8th November 2006 and used her own money to do so - as did thirty other New Zealand manufacturers who exhibited their products. Apart from the Green MPs, four out of the remaining 115 MPs attended - one of whom had a personal vested interest in one of the exhibiting companies. The abysmal turn out did not go unnoticed by the exhibitors. Judith Bell Author of "I See Red" published by Awa Press www.awapress.co.nz

Dear Ms Clark

It is a great shame that neither yourself, nor Finance Minister Michael
Cullen nor the Minister for Economic Development Trevor Mallard attended the
Kiwi Made parliamentary promotion yesterday. I understand from your events
secretary Ms Sandy Thambiah that you personally did not receive an
invitation but I believe that even without an invitation you would have been
a welcome attendee - even if it meant giving up five minutes of your time.

Contrary to Ms Thambiahs opinion and given that NZ manufacturers contribute
$35 million each week (or $1.8 billion per annum) in PAYE taxes via their
workers - taxes upon which yours and our elected representatives wages and
spending programmes depend - I do not believe the government was well
represented at this event.

However those New Zealand manufacturers who did attend this event and did so
at their own expense, are resilient types who have survived the last twenty
years of "free trade", in spite of - and not because of - policies embarked
upon by our elected representatives.

Notwithstanding this, we appreciate the successful lobbying by the Green
Party for the long overdue taxpayer funded Buy Kiwi Made campaign, but due
to the recent furore over your publicly stated preference to include Kiwi
designed but Chinese made products in the campaign, followed by Trevor
Mallards feint support for the campaign after it was decided to exclude
Chinese made products, followed further by the absence of key Labour
Ministers at the parliamentary Kiwi Made promotion yesterday - New Zealand
manufacturers and the general public could be forgiven for perceiving a lack
of support for the Buy Kiwi Made campaign on behalf of the government and
in particular yourself and the Labour Party.

As leader of this nation, many New Zealanders look to you for direction.
Accordingly your whole-hearted endorsement of the Buy Kiwi Made campaign and
the jobs it can protect and produce, is essential.

I believe you need to address this - preferably before the 20th of this
month when our next PAYE payments are due.

Yours sincerely
Judith Bell
Manufacturer
Author of "I See Red" published by Awa Press.
Po Box 4580
Mt Maunganui


Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news