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


Make it here and show you care

November 8, 2006

Media Release

Make it here and show you care

The union that represents manufacturing workers is challenging New Zealand companies that manufacture overseas to front up to Kiwi workers and explain why.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little told guests at today’s launch of the New Zealand Made Showcase that the campaign had to be about people like Charta Packaging forklift driver Frances Wilson and MJH Engineering draftsman Tim Nuku, who were standing alongside him.

“For those who say that it’s okay to design goods here and manufacture them overseas, have they the courage to look Frances and Tim in the eye and convince them that it’s good for them and their families and for their communities.

“If we want to trade on loyalty to the New Zealand brand then that loyalty must be to New Zealand itself; New Zealand and its citizens and its people; its innovators, its entrepreneurs, its manufacturing workers.”

Manufacturing was a major force in New Zealand, whether people realised it or not.

“In New Zealand no fewer than 225,000 workers and their families depend on manufacturing for their livelihood,” he said.

“The sector makes up nearly two thirds of the nation’s exports. The average wage in the sector (excluding management and technical positions) is over $20 an hour. And nearly half of all modern apprenticeships are in the manufacturing sector.”

Mr Little said that companies like Fisher and Paykel and Navman had shown a deep commitment to developing manufacturing capability and skilled jobs in New Zealand.

“They have shown loyalty to New Zealand,” he said.

“They generally have commitment to good work processes and a good quality working environment. And they all have a workforce that is loyal to their companies and to the work they do in New Zealand. Between them the companies sustain many thousands of families, including thousands beyond the gates of their plants and factories.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>


Government: Border Exceptions Will See More Families Reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. More>>


National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>


Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels