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The Jobs Letter No.1
26 September 1994

Labour’s Jobs Policies
Job Action Programme
Foodbanks Should Close
Employment Taskforce

The Jobs Letter No.2
10 October 1994

Economic Growth 6.1%!
Anglicans for a 4 Day Week
Lack of Analysis in Setting Benefit Levels

The Jobs Letter No.3
26 October 1994

Task Force Youth Report
Local Economic Development
K T Footwear Hires Long-Term Unemployed

The Jobs Letter No.4
7 November 1994

Apprenticeship Numbers Halved
International Bankers Told to Contain Inflation and Promote Jobs

The Jobs Letter No.5
21 November 1994

Unemployment 7.8%
Community Economic Sector
John Pilger on Poverty in UK

The Jobs Letter No.6
5 December 1994

Taskforce on Employment
Shortage of Engineers and Builders
Training or Education?
US Congress Limits Welfare

The Jobs Letter No.7
20 December 1994

Job Losses and Tariff Cuts
Voices on Employment Taskforce
Paid Parental Leave

The Jobs Letter No.8
9 January 1995

NZ Nurses Working in Singapore
Social Audit
The Cost of Unemployment

The Jobs Letter No.9
17 January 1995

Businesses Training Young Workers
181,091 on the Dole
Ethnic Jobs Discrimination

The Jobs Letter No.10
7 February 1995

Youth Action Programme
Te Araroa: the Long Path
New Jobs are Lower-Paid

The Jobs Letter No.11
21 February 1995

The Future of Work,
Unemployed Migrating to SB & IB

The Jobs Letter No.12
6 March 1995

ILO: Unemployment Crisis
27% of Placements are Full-Time

The Jobs Letter No.13
20 March 1995

Views on Development
Buy Local Campaign
Self-Employed Women

The Jobs Letter No.14
3 April 1995

Job Intro for School Leavers
Unemployment & Overwork
“Re-Inventing Government”

The Jobs Letter No.15
18 April 1995

Employment Forum
Volunteering Increases Employability

The Jobs Letter No.16
3 May 1995

Pacific Unemployment in NZ
Rising Dollar is Killing Jobs
Unemployment & Health

The Jobs Letter No.17
16 May 1995

Foreigners Take Fishing Jobs
Welfare Dependency

The Jobs Letter No.18
18 May 1995

Unemployment Lowest Since 1986
Is Technology Destroying Jobs?

The Jobs Letter No.19
17 June 1995

SB & IB Numbers Up
More Teachers Needed
French Unemployment 12%

The Jobs Letter No.20
30 June 1995

Multi-Party Jobs Memorandum:
“Lost Opportunity for Jobs”

The Jobs Letter No.21
17 July 1995

The Rich/Poor Gap
60% of Workers “Anxious”

The Jobs Letter No.22
3 August 1995

Chch Adult Work Scheme
Skills Shortage on the Farm
State Agency for Full-Employment?

The Jobs Letter No.23
23 August 1995

Unemployment 6.3%
Maori Unemployment 16.1%
“Natural” Unemployment is 6%

The Jobs Letter No.24
9 September 1995

Unemployment a Mental Health Issue
CEG’s Target Work
Easton on Economic Reform

The Jobs Letter No.25
26 September 1995

Suffering Skill Shortages
Joblessness and Cannabis

The Jobs Letter No.26
16 October 1995

Economy Slowing
Tax Cuts for Mid- High-Incomes
Ruth Richardson’s Wish List

The Jobs Letter No.27
26 October 1995

The Long Awaited Jobs Package

The Jobs Letter No.28
9 November 1995

Feedback on Jobs Package
Labour’s Employment Proposals

The Jobs Letter No.29
27 November 1995

Unemployment Top Voter Concern
Kelsey Questions Economic “Success”
Building Apprentices Shortfall

The Jobs Letter No.30
15 December 1995

“30/30/40” Labour Trend
Local Employment Co-Ordination
Staff Paid Parental Leave at Woolworths

The Jobs Letter No.31
8 January 1996

Business on Skill Shortages
Teachers from Britain
French Pledges Jobs Action

The Jobs Letter No.32
29 January 1996

Employment Agenda ‘96
Beneficiary Numbers Rise
The Working Poor

The Jobs Letter No.33
10 February 1996

Recycling and Jobs
Immigration/Employment Debate
Positive Discrimination
Job Search on the Net

The Jobs Letter No.34
28 February 1996

Unemployment 6.1%
Tax Cuts Debate
Reserve Bank Can’t Solve Unemployment
Teacher Shortfall

The Jobs Letter No.35
18 March 1996

Real Wage Level Static
Student Loan Debt Growing
Fruit Picker Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.36
1 April 1996

Tariff Removal and Car Plants
Lower Wage Rises
Roundtable Vision for NZ
Trend Toward Contracting

The Jobs Letter No.37
19 April 1996,

Poverty in NZ
“Work-for-the Dole”
Gangs and Work

The Jobs Letter No.38
8 May 1996

Summary of the Tax Cuts
Social Policy Bill

The Jobs Letter No.39
20 May 1996

Unemployment 6.2%
Shortage of Farm Workers
Immigrant Doctors on the Dole
Boom in Temping

The Jobs Letter No.40
10 June 1996

Budget Details
Boost for EEO
Local Employment Groups
Nurses Off to the UK

The Jobs Letter No.41
3 July 1996

Training and Jobs
Counting the Unemployed
Re-Defining Unemployment

The Jobs Letter No.42
19 July 1996

Farm Labour Crisis
The Stop Poverty Campaign

Jobs Letter No43
29 July 1996

Election 1996
Parties Employment Policies

The Jobs Letter No.44
14 August 1996

Big Rise in Lost Jobs
Shortage of Social Workers
Maori Council and Gang Training

The Jobs Letter No.45
27 August 1996

Unemployment 6.1%
Community Wage, Work-for-the-Dole and Workfare
Job Growth Not Reducing Jobless Rate

The Jobs Letter No.46
13 September 1996

Keynes’ Policies Turn 60
Training and Jobs
Oz Privatises Employment Service

The Jobs Letter No.47
27 September 1996

Intl Year to Eradicate Poverty
Small Business Boom
Roger Douglas: “Dysfunctional Families” a Time Bomb

The Jobs Letter No.48
16 October 1996

Long-Term Unemployment
ILO on Child Labour

The Jobs Letter No.49
4 November 1996

Redefining Jobs Creation
Teacher Numbers Crisis
Prisons: a Growth Industry

The Jobs Letter No.50
22 November 1996

Unemployment 6.3%
Social Employment Projects
Covey on Interdependency

The Jobs Letter No.51
6 December 1996

1 Billion People Unemployed
Farmers Leaving the Land
NAIRU: “Non-Accelerating Rate of Unemployment”

The Jobs Letter No.52
20 December 1996

Minister McCardle’s Agenda
Bank’s Inflationary Range Expands
Plans for Work-for-the-Dole

The Jobs Letter No.53
17 January 1997

Inaugural WTO Meeting
Jobs and the Environment
Prediction of Job Growth Occupations

The Jobs Letter No.54
31 January 1997

The NZ$ and Jobs
Dept Calls for Change to Benefits
The Jobs Letter Goes Electronic

The Jobs Letter No.55
17 February 1997

Unemployment 5.9%
1,000 Air NZ Jobs Go
Oz Goes Work-for-the-Dole

The Jobs Letter No.56
6 March 1997

Future of the “Career”
ILO on Work-for-the-Dole
Changing Face of Careers

The Jobs Letter No.57
27 March 1997

New Work Tests
Wisconsin Welfare Model
Europeans Rally Against Lay-offs

The Jobs Letter No.58
18 April 1997

Workfare: the Intl Experience
Skill Shortages
Maharey Disputes Dole Figures

The Jobs Letter No.59
5 May 1997

Where to for CEG?
Another Teacher Shortage Crisis Looms

The Jobs Letter No.60
19 May 1997

Unemployment 6.4%
Greens Call for Eco-Tax
Women & Unemployment

The Jobs Letter No.61
30 May 1997

“Natural Capitalism”
Work-for-Dole Battle Lines
What Labour Would Do ...

The Jobs Letter No.62
25 June 1997

No Budget for Workfare
Employer Strategy for Full-Employment
Job Hunting on the Web

Jobs Letter 63
17 July 1997

McCardle Talks-up Jobs Strategy
“Code of Social Responsibility”

The Jobs Letter No.64
7 August 1997

Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)
Employers Can’t Find Staff,

The Jobs Letter No.65
22 August 1997

Unemployment 6.7%
Police & Military Staff Shortages
“No Fraud” in Winebox Investigation

The Jobs Letter No.66
15 September 1997

Maori “Revolving Door” of Temp Jobs and Schemes
1-in-3 on a Benefit
“Businesses for Social Responsibility”

The Jobs Letter No.67
1 October 1997

Bounty to Put Maori into Jobs
Treasury Wants Benefit Cuts
Code of Social Responsibility

The Jobs Letter No.68
3 November 1997

France Introduces the 35-hr week
Value of Unpaid Work

The Jobs Letter No.69
28 November 1997

Unemployment 6.8%
Churches Promote Workfare Standards
Universal Basic Income

The Jobs Letter No.70
22 December 1997

Christmas Eve Job Losses
IB and SB to be Work Tested

The Jobs Letter No.71
9 January 1998

No Student Allowance for Under-18s
Teacher Morale and Numbers Plummet
New Economy: “Betrayal of Work”

The Jobs Letter No.72
30 January 1998

Asian Economic Crisis
Sowry on Social Policy

The Jobs Letter No.73
10 February 1998

Unemployment 6.7%
High Staff Turnover Rates for Government Depts

The Jobs Letter No.74
6 March 1998

The “Code of Social Responsibility” Debate

The Jobs Letter No.75
24 March 1998

Merging of Income Support and Employment
Employment Challenges of Elders
Health Effects & Unemployment

The Jobs Letter No.76
14 April 1998

What the Current Account Deficit Means
McCardle is Minister of Employment
Institutional Barriers to Employment

The Jobs Letter No.77
27 April 1998

Special Issue on the Community Wage

The Jobs Letter No.78
11 May 1998

Unemployment 7.1%
Millions Jobless in Asia

The Jobs Letter No.79
27 May 1998

Anglicans on Welfare Protests
Group Apprenticeships
TV Benefit Fraud Ads

The Jobs Letter No.80
18 June 1998

NZ’s Unfolding Economic Crisis
Local Economies Rely on Cannabis Trade

The Jobs Letter No.81
30 June 1998

“Super Agency” WINZ
Hikoi of Hope Planned

The Jobs Letter No.82
17 July 1998

WINS CEO Christine Rankin
Young People Higher Unemployment
Foreign Fishing Crews

The Jobs Letter No.83
30 July 1998

Income and Inequality
Tamihere Supports Work-for-the-Dole

The Jobs Letter No.84
13 August 1998

Unemployment 7.7%
Danish Employment/Welfare Model

The Jobs Letter No.85
27 August 1998

5 Planks of Hikoi of Hope:
Real Jobs
Trusted Health System
Accessible Education
Affordable Housing
Addressing Poverty

The Jobs Letter No.86
1 September 1998

Jobs from the Land
Reeves on the Hikoi Hope

The Jobs Letter No.87
23 September 1998

Global Economy in Free-Fall
NZ Job Losses

The Jobs Letter No.88
14 October 1998

ILO on Training Trends
Unite! Unemployed Union
Maori Employment and Training Commission

The Jobs Letter No.89
28 October 1998

Budgets for More Unemployment Benefits
WINZ National Roadshow
Common Misconceptions About Poverty

The Jobs Letter No.90
20 November 1998

Unemployment 7.4%
Foodbank Protests
Amartya Sen Nobel Prize

The Jobs Letter No.91
1 December 1998

A Shorter Working Week?
Inmate Jobs Programme

The Jobs Letter No.92
16 December 1998

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Corporate Welfare
Who Pays for Workfare?

The Jobs Letter No.93
25 January 1999

Launch of the Euro
Skill Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.94
5 February 1999

Unemployment 7.5%
PM Shipley on Jobs
New Compliance Measures for Beneficiaries

The Jobs Letter No.95
19 February 1999

Stats NZ: the Growing Income Gap

The Jobs Letter No.96
5 March 1999

Election Year Jobs Agenda
Young Oz Men Poorer than Their Fathers

The Jobs Letter No.97
26 March 1999

CEG Review
WINZ Cops Criticism

The Jobs Letter No.98
27 April 1999

Foodbank Use Rising
Call for Maori Employment Commissioner

The Jobs Letter No.99
14 May 1999

Unemployment 7.2%
Tobin Tax
Bruce Jesson 1945- 1999

The Jobs Letter No.100
28 May 1999

The Birch Budget
One More Worker
Scheme Workers for Schools

The Jobs Letter No.101
18 June 1999

Maori and Work-for-the-Dole
Jubilee: Intl Debt Relief Campaign
New Ministry of Social Policy

The Jobs Letter No.102
30 June 1999

1-in-4 Parents Jobless
Farewell to the Auckland Unemployed Workers Rights Centre

The Jobs Letter No.103
17 July 1999

Shipley: Dropping Tariffs Has Increased Job Numbers
Roundtable Focus on Workplace Flexibility

The Jobs Letter No.104
3 August 1999

The WINZ Whirlpool
Voices from the Whirlpool
Rankin’s “Danger Zone” Video

The Jobs Letter No.105
13 August 1999

Unemployment 7%
Widespread Job Losses
Student Loans and the Brain Drain

The Jobs Letter No.106
23 August 1999

WINZ Censured
The Public Service We Need

The Jobs Letter No.107
13 September 1999

APEC Summit in Auckland
NetAid Global Charity Concert

The Jobs Letter No.108
24 September 1999

Hazel Henderson
Unemployment No.1 Voter Concern
Government’s WINZ Policies

The Jobs Letter No.109
11 October 1999

Hardship Survey
Costs of Youth Unemployment
Bauer’s “Right to Work” Run

The Jobs Letter No.110
21 October 1999

Election 1999
The Parties’ Jobs Policies

The Jobs Letter No.111
5 November 1999

Election Campaign
Petition to Cut Unemployment
Food Poverty Affecting Children

The Jobs Letter No.112
17 November 1999

Unemployment 6.8%
Poverty Research in NZ

The Jobs Letter No.113
6 December 1999

Labour-Alliance Victory
WTO Battle for Seattle
Media Peace Award for Jobs Research Trust Website

The Jobs Letter No.114
21 December 1999

Interview with the New Minister Steve Maharey
Government Puts Heat on Rankin

The Jobs Letter No.115
17 January 2000

Key Ministerial Briefing Papers to the New Government

The Jobs Letter No.116
24 January 2000

Maharey Meets Beneficiary Advocats
No Interest on Student Loans for Low-Earners

The Jobs Letter No.117
8 February 2000

Unemployment 6.3%
Clark Takes-on the Maori/Pakeha Gap
1-in-3 NZ Children in Poverty

The Jobs Letter No.118
18 February 2000

Jobs from Waste
Who, What, When, Where & Why of Waste Reduction

The Jobs Letter No.119
6 March 2000

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
Callister: Disappearing Work a Myth
Labour Shortage in the Orchards

The Jobs Letter No.120
17 March 2000

The Jobs Machine
New Ministry of Economic Development
Industry NZ

The Jobs Letter No.121
27 March 2000

Modern Apprenticeship Scheme
The Extent of Unpaid Work

The Jobs Letter No.122
26 April 2000

Youth Unemployment
Nursing Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.123
12 May 2000

Unemployment 6.4%
Mayors Taskforce Focus: Youth Unemployment
DotCom Share Market Crash

The Jobs Letter No.124
19 May 2000

Hunn Report on WINZ
Rankin: Hunn Report Prejudicial

The Jobs Letter No.125
2 June 2000

The Hot Jobs ... in 2025
Calls to Address the Skill Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.126
23 June 2000

Funding the Jobs Machine
The Income Gap Widens

The Jobs Letter No.127
14 July 2000

Anderton Wants to Guarantee Opportunities for Every NZer Under 20

The Jobs Letter No.128
31 July 2000

Maharey: Single Benefit by 2002
Southland’s Fees Free Tech
Social Worker Shortage

The Jobs Letter No.129
18 August 2000

Unemployment 6.1%
The Jobs Letter Goes “Free to Air”

The Jobs Letter No.130
8 September 2000

The National Employment Strategy
Income and Job Insecurity

The Jobs Letter No.131
25 September 2000

Digital Divide: the Growing Gap Between the Information Technology Haves and Have-Nots

The Jobs Letter No.132
13 October 2000

Paid Work Isn’t Disappearing
“Atlas” of Socio-Economic Deprivation in Local Communities

The Jobs Letter No.133
30 October 2000

CEG’s Charlie Moore
Maori Earn 9%—14% Less

The Jobs Letter No.134
16 November 2000

Unemployment 5.9%
Modern Apprenticeships
Government’s Employment Strategy

The Jobs Letter No.135
1 December 2000

Zero Waste Conference
The Politics of “Natural Capitalism”
Kaitaia’s CBEC

The Jobs Letter No.136
14 December 2000

The Jobs Challenge Feature
Nationwide Conversation on Jobs

The Jobs Letter No.137
10 January 2001

The New Jobs Will Be in Civil Society
Youth Employment Schemes
Portfolio Work

The Jobs Letter No.138
29 January 2001

Poverty Measurement Project
How Many Hours We Are Working?
How Unemployment Is Measured

The Jobs Letter No.139
12 February 2001

Unemployment 5.6%
Skilled Migrants Numbers Up
Students and the Emergency Unemployment Benefit

The Jobs Letter No.140
22 February 2001

The Top 10 Job Search Websites
Jobs Search Tips

The Jobs Letter No.141
15 March 2001

Jobs Letter’s Dave Owens in East Timor
“One More Worker”
CEG’s Social Entrepreneurs Scheme

The Jobs Letter No.142
12 April 2001

New Ministry of Social Development
Warning of Teacher Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.143
26 April 2001

Community and Voluntary Sector Report
Skills Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.144
18 May 2001

Unemployment 5.4%
Economic Development Guidebook

The Jobs Letter No.145
29 May 2001

The Workforce 2010 Report

The Jobs Letter No.146
8 June 2001

Unpaid Work at 39% of GDP
Business and Skill Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.147
26 June 2001

Special Feature: Social Entrepreneurs

The Jobs Letter No.148
6 July 2001

The Social Report 2001
Treasury Debunks the Brain Drain
Unemployment & Mental Health

The Jobs Letter No.149
16 July 2001

Rankin Not Reappointed to WINZ

The Jobs Letter No.150
2 August 2001

Incomes Lower than 20 Yrs Ago
Tracking School Leavers
Myths Surrounding the DPB

The Jobs Letter No.151
20 August 2001

Unemployment 5.2%
“Closing the Gaps” Finished

The Jobs Letter No.152
24 September 2001

The Jobs Cost of the 9/11 Attacks
Social Justice Week

The Jobs Letter No.153
3 October 2001

Overwork and Unreasonable Hours
“Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet”

The Jobs Letter No.154
19 October 2001

Maori Jobs Growth Twice that of the Overall Rate
NZers Returning Home

The Jobs Letter No.155
2 November 2001

Tracking School Leavers
Student Debts Pushing Away NZ Doctors
Labour Market Info Online

The Jobs Letter No.156
19 November 2001

Crisis in Global Jobs Market
“Decent Work” in the 21st Century

The Jobs Letter No.157
26 November 2001

Unemployment 5.2%
Artists-on-the-Dole Scheme
Southland Campaign to Recruit Workers
Paid Parental Leave Arrives

The Jobs Letter No.158
12 December 2001

Skill Shortages in Regions and Sectors
Talent Visas

The Jobs Letter No.159
10 January 2002

Dairy Farm Labour Shortage
Sirolli on Enterprise Facilitation

The Jobs Letter No.160
31 January 2002

The Youth Employment Challenge
NZBCBS’s Youth Employment Project

The Jobs Letter No.161
14 February 2002

Unemployment 5.4%
Chronic Shortage of Trade Skills
Government’s Employment Progress Report

The Jobs Letter No.162
15 March 2002

Maharey on Full-Employment
Youth Policy Launch

The Jobs Letter No.163
28 March 2002

Feedback on the Government’s Employment Goals

The Jobs Letter No.164
10 April 2002

Statistics NZ on Work, Education and Income
Fewer People Working after Age 50

The Jobs Letter No.165
24 April 2002

WINZ’s Ray Smith Interview
How Many Jobs from the “Jobs Machine”?
National’s Economic Policy

The Jobs Letter No.166
17 May 2002

Unemployment 5.3%
90-Day Job Probation Plan

The Jobs Letter No.167
14 June 2002

Ending Child Poverty in NZ
Fruit and Veggie Labour Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.168
28 June 2002

Election: the Parties’ Spokespeople on Jobs & Training
The Agenda for Children

The Jobs Letter No.169
18 July 2002

Election 2002 Policies
Barry’s Documentary of NZ’s Economic Revolution

The Jobs Letter No.170
12 August 2002

Unemployment 5.1%
Teachers Leaving Teaching
Foreign Student: $1.1 Billion Industry
International Demand for NZ Nurses

The Jobs Letter No.171
30 August 2002

New Coalition Line-Up
Work/Life Balance
Youth Employment Research

The Jobs Letter No.172
13 September 2002

Ministry Wants to Overhaul Benefits
MSD’s Top 10 Priorities
Skill Shortages Limiting Business

The Jobs Letter No.173
27 September 2002

The High Cost of Not Being in Work or Training
Needed: Coherent and Strategic Young People’s Education

The Jobs Letter No.174
21 October 2002

Making the Agenda for Children Happen
The Income Gap between Maori & Pakeha

The Jobs Letter No.175
21 November 2002

The Employment Catalyst Fund Projects

The Jobs Letter No.176
1 December 2002

Unemployment 5.4%
Lifelong Effects of Poverty

The Jobs Letter No.177
16 December 2002

Special Issue: Skill Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.178
24 January 2003

GATS: the NZ Implications
NZ’s Leaked GATS “Requests”
Youth Employment Alexandria Declaration

The Jobs Letter No.179
5 February 2003

Brash: Abolish the Dole
Jobs that Aren’t Permanent or Full-Time

The Jobs Letter No.180
17 February 2003

Unemployment 4.9%
Long-Term Jobs Trends

The Jobs Letter No.181
3 March 2003

Maharey and Brash Face-to-Face on Employment
Tamihere on Welfare Reform

The Jobs Letter No.182
31 March 2003

New Child Poverty Report
Raising Children Is Nation Building Work
National’s Welfare Reform Plan

The Jobs Letter No.183
15 April 2003

Business Guide to Youth Employment
Waitakere and Porirua Youth Pilots
Building Skill Shortage

The Jobs Letter No.184
1 May 2003

Working-Aged Men Struggling
Fewer than 100,000 on Dole
Capacity Tests for SB & IB
“Job Packaging” in Central Otago

The Jobs Letter No.185
20 May 2003

Unemployment 5%
$56m for Education and Training Young People
Need to Retain Older Workers

The Jobs Letter No.186
4 June 2003

National on Welfare Dependency
Maharey and Bradford on Welfare
Pay Rates for Not-for-Profit

The Jobs Letter No.187
18 June 2003

Katherine Rich Interview
OECD: What Works in Welfare
Social Worker Exodus

The Jobs Letter No.188
7 July 2003

Immigration for Skills Shortage
Nurse Debt and Skills Shortage
Arts Jobs Scheme (PACE)

The Jobs Letter No.189
29 July 2003

Social Report 2003
Job Growth Slowing
Builders Recruiting in South Africa

The Jobs Letter No.190
8 August 2003

“Jobs Jolt”: $104.5m to Tackle Skill Shortages and Get People Off Benefits

The Jobs Letter No.191
22 August 2003

Unemployment 4.7%
Govt Guarantee for Home Mortgages

The Jobs Letter No.192
5 September 2003

Work & Sustainable Development
OECD: Pension Crisis
Mayors Back Council Cadetships

The Jobs Letter No.193
29 September 2003

DoL’s Guide to Future of Work
Attracting Trades Apprentices
Nursing Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.194
9 October 2003

Int’l Employment Policies
Poor Families Lose Child Support
Housing Too Costly for Families

The Jobs Letter No.195
29 October 2003

Work Life Balance
History of the 40hr Wk
Working Hours in NZ

The Jobs Letter No.196
10 November 2003

Finances Forcing Mothers to Work
Women Saying “No” to Having Children

The Jobs Letter No.197
28 November 2003

Unemployment 4.4%
4-Weeks Annual Leave
Leave No Young Person Behind

The Jobs Letter No.198
17 December 2003

Private Surgery for Beneficiaries
Women Apprentices Wanted
Working Past Retirement

The Jobs Letter No.199
23 January 2004

The “No Go” Zones:
Mayors Have Their Say

The Jobs Letter No.200
30 January 2004

Climate Change
Skilled Migrants Wanted
Racial Unemployment Gap Narrows

The Jobs Letter No.201
24 February 2004

Unemployment 4.6%
Trades Recommended Over Degree
Fruit Pickers Needed

The Jobs Letter No.202
11 March 2004

Official "No-Go" List
Widespread Worker Shortage
WINZ Bonuses Race-Based

The Jobs Letter No.203
29 March 2004

How to Reduce Child Poverty
Raising the Retirement Age
Dunedin Pitches for Skilled Workers

The Jobs Letter No.204
7 April 2004

Clampdown on CEG
The Scheme that Brought CEG Down

The Jobs Letter No.205
21 April 2004

Flexible Workforce Argument
Stats NZ on Older Workers
The Outsourcing Bogey "Beat-Up"

The Jobs Letter No.206
16 May 2004

$57M for Youth Transitions
Newman on Welfare Reform
Better Support for SB & IB

The Jobs Letter No.207
31 May 2004

Unemployment 4.3%
“Working For Families”
Maharey on Youth Transition

The Jobs Letter No.208
15 June 2004

Understanding the Workplace
Public Service to Grow
Getting Dropouts Back to School

The Jobs Letter No.209
30 June 2004

New Job Vacancies Monitor
Refugees Struggle to Get Jobs

The Jobs Letter No.210
19 July 2004

CEG Becomes “Work Opportunities”
World-Wide Search for Staff
European 35-Hour Week On Way Out

The Jobs Letter No.211
11 August 2004

Construction Skills Shortage
Youth Unemployment Fallen
National Promises Work-for-the-Dole

The Jobs Letter No.212
25 August 2004

Unemployment 4%
Skills Shortage Solutions
Higher Wages Needed

The Jobs Letter No.213
9 September 2004

Skill Shortages Intensify
Maharey: “People Don’t Want to Stay on a Benefit”

The Jobs Letter No.214
23 September 2004

Human Rights Commission’s “Right To Work” Report

The Jobs Letter No.215
1 October 2004

Migrants Can Fill Skills Shortage
Social Worker Shortage Intensifying
Enticing Teachers from Overseas

The Jobs Letter No.216
14 October 2004

Economy Wide Skills Shortage
Child Poverty and Health
Not Taking Ageing Workforce Seriously

The Jobs Letter No.217
28 October 2004

Global Income Insecurity
Women the Answer to Skills Shortages
Charities Bill a Muzzle

The Jobs Letter No.218
11 November 2004

Boost Skilled Immigration
Social Entrepreneur Scheme Dumped
NZers Work Long Hours

The Jobs Letter No.219
26 November 2004

Unemployment 3.8%
Young Missing Out on Jobs
Let’s Not Flood the Country with Cheap Labour
Working for Families Ignores the Poorest NZers

The Jobs Letter No.220
7 December 2004

Preparing Students for Work
Average Workers Can’t Buy House
UK’s Child Poverty Strategy

The Jobs Letter No.221
17 December 2004

Employers’ Training Role
Lifting Workers’ Skills
Under-Funded Caregivers

The Jobs Letter No.222
21 January 2005

Asia’s Tsunami Toll
Social Policy “Big Picture”
NZ: Low Middle-Income Country

The Jobs Letter No.223
4 February 2005

Welfare Policy Shake-Up
Brash Targets Welfare
Tsunami: a Million Jobs Lost

The Jobs Letter No.224
17 February 2005

Unemployment 3.6%
1-in-3 NZ Children in Poverty
Every Child Counts Campaign
Jobs Jolt Scaling Back

The Jobs Letter No.225
3 March 2005

Still Aiming for a Single Core Benefit
Wage Rises Less than Inflation
Prisoners Fill Labour Shortages

The Jobs Letter No.226
18 March 2005

1/4 of NZ’s Skilled People Live Overseas
Pleas for NZers to Come Home

The Jobs Letter No.227
4 April 2005

NZ “Least Generous” to Families
Teens Urged to Fill Trades Gap
Oz & NZ Compete for Workers

The Jobs Letter No.228
15 April 2005

Trades Filling 4-of-10 Jobs
Debt Directing Graduate Doctors’ Careers

The Jobs Letter No.229
4 May 2005

Record Low Benefit Numbers
Focus on Child Well-Being
Poorer People Die Younger
2/3 the World’s Resources Are Already Used

The Jobs Letter No.230
17 May 2005

Unemployment 3.9
Defence Force Short Staffed
Caregivers Leaving Sector

The Jobs Letter No.231
1 June 2005

Budget 2005 for Jobs
Work–Focus for DPB, SB & IB

The Jobs Letter No.232
15 June 2005

Poor Countries Training NZ Doctors
Oz & NZ’s German Job Expo
“Working for Families” Concerns

The Jobs Letter No.233
28 June 2005

Making Poverty History:
Campaign to End World Poverty
The Poverty Issues: Debt, Aid, Trade

The Jobs Letter No.234
5 July 2005

Oz Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs
Argentina’s Job Guarantee

The Jobs Letter No.235
25 July 2005

NZ with 2nd Highest Job Growth
OECD: Globalisation Job Losses Inevitable
Labour Shortage Near Record High

The Jobs Letter No.236
4 August 2005

Election 2005: the Parties’ Employment Policies

The Jobs Letter No.237
18 August 2005

Unemployment 3.7%
Social Report 2005
No Student Loan Interest for Residents

The Jobs Letter No.238
1 September 2005

Tax Cuts and Child Poverty
Skills Shortage Biggest Voter Concern
Parties’ Skills Shortage Policies

The Jobs Letter No.239
15 September 2005

Hurricane Katrina costs 400,000 Jobs
National’s Work-for-the-Dole Plan
Keepng Older Workers

The Jobs Letter No.240
29 September 2005

Asia Unemployment Highest Ever
Americans to Work After They Retire

The Jobs Letter No.241
20 October 2005

Benson-Pope New Minister
Oil Prices Affecting NZ
Is Oil Production Peaking?

The Jobs Letter No.242
14 November 2005

Unemployment and Paris Riots
Farewell to Rod Donald

The Jobs Letter No.243
5 December 2005

Unemployment 3.4%
Briefings to the New Minister
Challenge to “Working For Families”
Mayors Want Young People Connected

The Jobs Letter No.244
20 December 2005

Schools & Businesses on Skill Shortages
Abolish Youth Rates?
Freight Costs Costing Jobs

The Jobs Letter No.245
24 January 2006

Skilled Migrant Criteria Raised
Denmark Keeps Jobs at Home
“Making Poverty History” all Headlines

The Jobs Letter No.246
9 February 2006

Industry NZ Grants:
Corporate Welfare or Social Investment?
Total Benefit Numbers Down

The Jobs Letter No.247
24 February 2006

Unemployment 3.6%
Buy Kiwi-Made

The Jobs Letter No.248
10 March 2006

Skill Shortage Solutions
90-Day Probationary Bill
Youth Rates and the Minimum Wage

The Jobs Letter No.249
31 March 2006

The Benson-Pope Interview
French Youth Unemployment
NZers Still Pouring into Oz

The Jobs Letter No.250
28 April 2006

Bringing Graduates Home
“Working for Families” Debate
Early Childhood Interventions

The Jobs Letter No.251
17 May 2006

Unemployment 3.9%
WINZ “New Service”
Petrol Prices Shaping the Economy

The Jobs Letter No.252
9 June 2006

NZ Public Servants Wanted in Oz
Maori Unemployment
Working While Pregnant Warning

The Jobs Letter No.253
30 June 2006

UK Recruiting NZ Social Workers
OECD Employment Strategies
Govt Warns Against Wage Rises

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  • Peter Hughes, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development
  • Peter Hughes

    Looking ahead, the main labour market issues facing New Zealand are likely to revolve around labour shortages rather than too few jobs. This is a good position to be in, but it will raise its own set of challenges.

    The Ministry is increasingly focused on ensuring sole parents, older people and people on sickness and invalid’s benefits are well placed to participate in the gains made in the labour market. Work offers the best opportunity for people and their families to improve their living standards.

    The government’s benefit reform proposals also provide us with an ideal opportunity to examine the better ways of supporting those New Zealanders for whom work is not an option.

    In the past 12 years New Zealand has come a long way. The Ministry of Social Development is committed to building on these successes and ensuring all New Zealanders can take advantage of the progress achieved.

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  • Margaret Crozier, Senior Analyst, Department of Labour
  • Margaret Crozier

    We must take into account that a lot of people are low-paid and employed in vulnerable sectors of the economy at a time of rising costs of transport and housing.

    New Zealand is slow to anticipate the big shifts in thinking and the structural changes re fossil fuel dependency which are being forced by climate change.

    There are issues with an aging population, but South Auckland particularly has a youthful population and many job-poor communities.

    Solutions will need to be developed at the local level by bringing together people and resourcing initiatives. The role of the community sector and social enterprises will be important for tackling the economic dimension of social issues and defining the good work which needs to be done.

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  • Peter Conway, Economist for the NZ Council of Trade Unions
  • Peter Conway

    The main issues for the future may well be the employment effects of climate change, energy crises and so forth. But in terms of employment and poverty, the main issues include:

      Developing and maintaining active labour market policies that can support workers in transition as we invest more and more in technology and skills to lift levels of productivity (value);

      Supporting a state that can harness resources for collective investments rather than downsize due to constant pressure for tax cuts;

      Addressing equity issues that continue in relation to Maori and Pacific Peoples unemployment levels;

      Work-life balance;

      A constant focus on investment in the people who need it most.

  • Hugh Hughes, Retired teacher and head master
  • Hugh Hughes

    The issues for the future will be the identification of causes of ‘why we are as we are’ and then spreading this understanding widely to empower people to make personal changes; and, the acceptance that — as we’ve all grown up under the existing system — we also have suffered from this deprivation.

    And we must recognise that in any society, there must be some values, attitudes, skills and knowledge that are absolutely essential for it to prosper or survive, and that these must be personally gained by all within its populace.

    Two issues we then face are: establishing new socialisation processes to ensure deprivation no longer continues; and helping those who have unconsciously suffered deprivation through failure of the socialisation they experienced.

    I believe the following points are vital when we are considering the factors behind this holistic failure:

    Every person when born, has potential as a human social being, but this potential has to be fostered for them to achieve feelings of self worth, personal achievement and contentment as contributing members of society. The greater the failure in this regard, the more likely their responses, especially in times of stress, will be basically anti-social, selfish survival instincts and ultimately unfulfilled adults.

    Every person when born is a potential parent, but these skills and responsibilities must be fostered in all, if society is to flourish through the resulting contributions of its individuals. Similarly, the greater the failure in this regard, the more likely their responses, especially in times of stress, will be basic selfish survival instincts and again unfulfilled adults.

    The prison population, number of police, number of politically correct laws, number of lawyers/judges and courts, and when society basically uses money as the measure of a person, or a business’ worth rather than what they are contributing to the well–being of society, are all indicators of the ‘health of that society.’

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  • Geoff Bascand, Deputy Government Statistician, Statistics New Zealand
  • Geoff Bascand

    Looking ahead, one cannot ignore the ageing of our workforce and its increasing cultural diversity. The median age in New Zealand is currently 36 years, with some 25% of the workforce over 50. In 12 years time, the median age will be 40 years and some 30% of the workforce will be over 50. Social and ethnic diversity is expanding: the proportion of Maori, Pacific and Asian peoples in the labour force will rise by another 3-4 percentage points over this period. Successfully managing this changing workforce will be essential for productivity growth and social cohesion.

    Notwithstanding the tremendous gains in labour force participation, we still have large numbers of people on-benefit, with limited engagement in the workforce. Unless we can successfully transition more sole parents, sick and disabled back into work, income and other disparities will widen further.

    I anticipate that, as important as these transitions into the labour force are, our focus will increasingly shift to the nature of transitions and relationships that occur inside the workplace. While attaining a step on the ladder is an essential first step, the path to higher incomes is still often fraught for many. As we gain new understanding of our dynamic labour market, I expect we will be challenged in what can be done to support successful upward mobility of those in work, to support real income growth for the lower skilled, and how to achieve higher productivity from our workforce.

    The quality of work, productivity, lifetime learning, the balance between employee and employer responsibility for training, the role of mandated rewards to work versus negotiated ones and those resulting from skills and performance will all be vigorous debates.

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  • Sandi Morrison, QSM; Chair Economic Development Association of NZ; Trustee of the Big Idea Charitable Trust
  • Sandi Morrison

    Issues for the future will include ...

    Negotiating — across diverse cultural world views — an agreed set of shared values and principles to underscore what it means to be a responsible New Zealand citizen in the 21st century.

    Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, low school achievement, poor health, drug and alcohol addiction, child abuse and domestic violence.

    Tackling employment issues of the low waged and ‘working poor’.

    Creating and sustaining an attractive and affordable lifestyle for young people and their families to retain skills and talent in New Zealand.

    Accelerating opportunities for more trade apprenticeships to address skill gaps.

    Understanding and communicating effectively the economic opportunities for the application of unique intellectual and cultural capital in a global market.

    Recognising that the above issues cannot be tackled successfully without a public commitment to pioneer and resource new solutions that engage the public with the private.

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  • Paul Callister, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University
  • Paul Callister

    The isssues for the future:

    Ensuring that we retain our best and brightest in New Zealand or at least attract them back after their 'OE’.

    Ensuring that we attract some of the best and brightest migrants and once they are here to make sure we can fully utilise their skills.

    Ensuring that all young New Zealander have a good grounding in numeracy and literacy and that a high proportion of New Zealanders attain a good tertiary education.

    Linked to the above, ensuring that boys and young men are able to achieve educationally at the same rate as girls and young women and linked further to this ensuring that young Pacific and Maori men increase their educational attainment.

    We must also ensure that the labour market does not develop into a dual labour market with one group of New Zealanders in the core labour market and another on the margins.

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  • Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics at Lincoln University
  • Paul Dalziel
    Ironically, (given where we started 12 years ago) part of the problem appears to be our jobs. Low-paid work, multiple job holdings including night-time work, casual employment punctuated by spells of unemployment, poor work-life balance, non-family-friendly workplaces, high average working hours per week — these all contribute to greater personal and social pressures on households with children. It would be a great achievement if we succeeded in reducing those pressures by 2018.

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  • David Benson-Pope, Minister of Social Development and Employment
  • David Benson-Pope

    The Labour-led Government has three core themes: economic transformation, families — young and old and national identity.

    Economic transformation requires a skilled workforce, globally competitive business, strong infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. Our focus must remain on building a world-class economy with security and opportunity for everyone.

    Families — young and old is about every family being safe and secure, free from poverty and violence, and nurturing for all its members. The Labour-led Government’s focus is on strengthening and extending early intervention services for young children and families, giving them the best chance for success.

    National identity is about how we see ourselves as New Zealanders and the pride we take in who we are and where we live. We will continue working towards a prosperous, confident nation that attracts people from around the world and is known for its environment, cultural identity, and opportunities.

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  • Sue Bradford, Green Party MP Responsible for Employment, Welfare, Community
  • Sue Bradford Issues for the future include working to decrease the rich/poor gap by: lifting wages and conditions for those in work; transforming the welfare system on principles of simplicity, sufficiency and universality; and doing more to ensure that there is affordable, secure, healthy housing for all.

    Proactively work to keep jobs and nurture job growth in New Zealand — a responsibility of all sectors — private, government, local government and community. Unemployment is very unlikely to remain as low as it is now.

    Doing more to support and encourage good work for young people, mature age jobseekers, tangata whenua, Pasifika peoples, migrants and refugees and people who are sick, injured or have long-term impairments.

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  • Donna Wynd, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
  • Donna Wynd

    In the absence of policies to address poverty and income inequality, the next 12 years will be spent dealing with the social fallout of the last 20. If we ignore increasing poverty, the ensuing lack of social cohesion will be within the context of ever more volatile external environment, and the continued outward flow of jobs to developing economies. We need to focus on investing in the next generation so we have a healthy, capable population and communities, able to support each other in our increasingly uncertain world. Dealing with social, educational and health problems will need a broader focus than simply 'changing attitudes’, and this change in focus needs to start now.

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  • Dr Anne Else, Freelance writer; Research Associate, Gender and Women’s studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Anne Else

    Issues for the future will be:

    The quantity of paid work: not just the number of jobs, but the spread of hours — whether too long (understaffing) or too short (casualisation) — and the total burden of paid and unpaid work combined.

    The quality of paid jobs: for example, how to ensure minimum pay and conditions for contract workers, such as the increasingly vital home caregiver sector.

    The widening gap between the comfortable (not all of whom work long hours for pay) and the deprived (not all of whom are outside the paid workforce, let alone the unpaid workforce) — and their children, who are everyone’s future.

    How we recognise and support unpaid work, in a culture where paid work is so increasingly dominant — even though the realities of unglamorous, everyday work are increasingly invisible.

    And above all, how we make such issues central to public debate.

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  • Jenny Brash, Mayor of Porirua City
  • Jenny Brash

    The issues for the future will be how to fill skill shortages as well as how to retain in New Zealand (or attract back) skilled young people needed for our economy. While we cannot compete with salaries overseas even in Australia we can compete on quality of life.

    I still believe there is a need to survey school leavers in their last year at school to find out what their career aspirations are and then follow them up the following year to see where they ended up. In many areas in New Zealand we are doing surveys of local businesses and gathering info on present and future skill sets they need. We have no way of matching up these needs with the career and job aspirations of our young people either locally regionally or nationally.

    I believe the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs have done a great job together with The Jobs Letter over the last few years in highlighting the need for more young people to take up trade apprenticeships and we have succeeded with central government in raising the numbers on the Modern Apprenticeship scheme with the result that more young (and not so young) are taking up trade training. However there will be shortages soon in the health services, hospitality industry, engineering and science (and probably others) and we do not know how many of our young people are being encouraged to pursue careers in these areas of existing and future workforce shortages.

    In my own area — local government — we will also have to look at how to attract and retain staff in areas of existing and potential shortages e.g. planners, engineers, building inspectors, policy analysts etc. In a country the size of New Zealand we should be doing school leaver surveys such as this. I believe in the UK every school leaver is surveyed as to their future career aspirations — if they can do this surely we can! There was a trial in three areas including my own in 2002-2003 but this was stopped after two years. It provided us with invaluable data on areas we needed to focus on.

    An associated issue would have to be to provide more support and resources to career services in schools. The Designing Careers pilot projects need to roll out to all schools. I have had positive feedback from two schools in my area as to the value of this programme that they both want to see continue in their schools. Ideally the Career Aspirations and destinations surveys should be incorporated into this programme.

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  • Nicky Hager, Writer
  • A thoughtful (and, I thought at the time, horribly pessimistic) person said to me in the early 1990s that it would take a generation for New Zealand to recover from the takeover by free-market ideas that had occurred. I now think that is true and so the next 12 years is essentially the other half of that process. The goal: to build and institutionalise a new humanitarian politics in New Zealand. I believe that a lot of the public battle is won. The next 12 years need every caring person to work on the hard part, which is changing the personnel and core policies in government, the public service and other public institutions. In other words, returning the market to its proper place in society and cementing in a new philosophical consensus.

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  • Alister Barry, Documentary maker
  • Alister Barry
    The issue for the future will be the acceptance by a politically significant majority of key opinion leaders — and the policy elite — that a return to a policy of full-employment is practical. And that low domestic inflation can be achieved by a mix of economic instruments other than unemployment and the fear of impoverishment.

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  • Ron Sharp, Motueka Community House
  • The issues for the future are the depletion of natural resources, the end of cheap oil, the use of nature as a toilet, global warming, water shortages, rising inequalities between the single figure percentage of super rich from the rest, the rising cost of medical care and education etc., escalating rates and huge national and regional debts, fading retirement and welfare care, increase in fear and insecurity, growing dissatisfaction and resulting abuse, and scape-goating to divert attention from increasing control by the greedy.

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  • Grifen Hope, Taranaki Environment Centre
  • The main issues that we will need to focus on in the next 12 years

    Kia ora. My name is Grifen. I am from Taranaki, the place I stand, and take my stance. I am Nga Mokai — the tribeless youth, descendant of artists, teachers and healers. I am ready; a warrior, poised, filled with love, courage, hope … and despair. For make no mistake, the very near future is not a friendly place of peace, but a time of turmoil like we have never seen. I believe it will get better. I live in the expectation that I will be there to witness. But first it will get worse.

    Whatever eventual form of future emerges, it is being contested and shaped now! The war rages all around. The dominant voices are winning. We are being drowned out in a cacophony of misinformation, found floundering on a beach of kindred bones in a rising sea of our own shit, left gulping in an illusory sea of media induced fantasy … while we hurtle headlong towards impossible futures.

    A critical fork in the road is approaching. A fundamental choice looms, a central question posed; is a ‘sustainable’ future possible, yes: or no? If yes, the prospects pivot on your decisions, they are hinged on your actions. The future is contingent upon your will to make your aspirations heard, to make your voice reverberate in the forums of design.

    The critical challenge in coming days and decades is to break through the information barriers to the mainstream, to mobilise the collective genius of our people. We must create the space for community conversation about ‘truth’ and real choices, to make the time for behaviour change, and take action in partnership. We must assert our fundamental right and our responsibility to self-determination, to be citizens rather than subjects.

    Time is pressing. I for one am ready; Warrior, poised, filled with love, courage, hope…and despair. Abracadabra: I create as I speak. ‘Another world is not only possible, but she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’. Do you will her hither with me?

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  • Susan St John, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland Business School
  • Susan St John
    The main issues will be the generation of sufficient political and popular will to shift the required resources in health, education, housing and income to the most deprived families if we are to realise the dream of a productive and happy society.

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  • Trevor Gray, Manager of the Tindall Foundation
  • Trevor Gray

    Skills shortages and an aging, retiring population will definitely change the ‘engine room’ of our economy and our country. Globalisation will keep sending challenges to this small, remote trading nation to remain relevant and viable. We’ll need to be smart, nimble and very strategic with our assets to maintain and improve our current lifestyle.

    Environmental issues. Reaching the tipping points of what the planet can handle (personally I place climate change at the top) will question the very core of how we function. Strong leadership, entrepreneurism and innovation will be needed to avoid us placing this complex global problem back into the too hard basket.

    Positively, a renaissance in engaged citizenship and altruistic caring will bear fine fruits if we continue to focus on trends that are emerging at present.

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  • Wally Stone, Kaikoura
  • Wally Stone
    In the future, employment and poverty will go hand in hand. Unemployment will be replaced by a type of employment that will challenge our whole concept of poverty: the necessity of two-income families to stay ahead of the poverty trap will recreate our concept of family and community. For many, the dream of home ownership will become a nightmare. Reliance on the state will grow, politics and bureaucracy rather than people and community will be the winner.

    The biggest impact we can have on ourselves first.

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  • Brigid Ryan, Project Coordinator of the Settling In Project, Family and Community Services, Ministry of Social Development
  • The issues for the future will be the ageing population and the subsequent skill shortages as more people retire. This will mean New Zealand will need more migrants to fill these gaps and we need to be more receptive in recognising skills and formal qualifications of these people so they can fully contribute to this country’s future.

    We need to ensure how young people are developed to their full potential.

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  • Dr Judy McGregor, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner
  • Dr Judy McGregor

    Three issues for the future are:

    Older worker retention and age discrimination for mature job seekers and the need for a better co-ordinated employment strategy will be a major issue in the next decade;

    Ensuring that quality flexible work options are available to both men and women in employment;

    Ensuring that ‘life long learning’ and skills becomes the norm not the exception and the gap between ‘work rich’ and ‘work poor’ narrows.

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  • Geoff Chapple, CEO of Te Araroa Trust
  • Geoff Chapple

    The issues for the future now are...

    Low wages for youth; unemployment that remains high amongst racial groups — upwards of 8%; child poverty which under reliable international measures, is high; and inequality of income, which has increased every year since 1988.

    Women as a group are doing better than other definable groups in closing the income gap against male rates. But youth, also Asian and other immigrant groups, Pacific Islanders and Maori, when compared to the median and upper wages, are not doing better.

    Major redistributive programmes such as the Labour Government’s Working for Families’ tax rebates address this, but only in part. The government claim that this programme will reduce child poverty by 70% by 2007 depends on the take-up rate. Militating against that rate, as is usual with anything to do with transfers of income from state to individuals, is a bureaucracy that wields complex formulae.

    Note, when assessing the future how quickly in 2004 the government disassembled its ‘Closing the Gaps’ programme after National detected that its emphasis on Maori did not have mainstream support.

    In assessing the future we should note that affluence has weakened New Zealanders’ traditional demand for equality of health, education and opportunity. The poor get less sympathy. Partly this is because the middle class knows that modern poverty is defined in relative terms — as those households that, after allowing for housing costs, have less than 60% of the median income. The New Zealand poor are not as badly off as they were, say, 30 years ago. Something like 40% of Pacific Islanders, Asians and other immigrant groups, 24% of Maori, and 16% or Europeans live in officially defined poverty. But while these households struggle, there is more opportunity for jobs than previously, the wages for the employed, though low, have risen. And in support of making a low wage go further, there’s the Warehouse.

    That, like it or not, is the attitude, and so the classic redistribution of income by a Labour Government will probably not remain at the centre of the game. Rather than gifts from above, I’d hope for investment down below. I’d hope that innovation and infrastructure development will in future yield wealth in the lower-income communities. The government should assist such small-scale infrastructure.

    Renewable energy, as one example, is now an emerging economic sector. Biofuels production seems a genuine employment opportunity for this country — it presently contributes one million jobs worldwide, and we’ve as yet paid it little attention. Investment in such infrastructure has the merit of being decentralised. Why not trucks to collect biomass material in the countryside? Why not digesters within every small community to take this material? Why not a bit more trust and support for the skills and leadership that is out there? On a table just put out by the Worldwatch Institute, New Zealand gets only two ticks out of a possible range of 10 for renewable energy promotion policies. That’s well below the average for developed countries worldwide, below Australia’s four or China’s six.

    Tourism is another area where local start-ups will become significant. New Zealand has landscapes of huge variety from the small warm beaches of the North to the chiselled mountains of the South. Our land is diverse and sufficiently isolated to be an intriguing corner of the world. We will further open countryside and forest and mountain to individual exploration and risk. Our own Te Araroa — The Long Pathway — is part of that — a 2,920 km corridor with huts and small enterprise such as marae stays that will emerge along its length.

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  • Janfrie Wakim, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Policies which address poverty and income inequalities directly are essential. Poverty impoverishes us all and the cost of neglecting poverty is high for society as a whole. The need for child-focussed policies is particularly acute. A champion of children in Cabinet or as Prime Minister is sorely needed. The wise words anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond should be heeded by politicians and policymakers: “An aging society that does not take care of its young has a death wish”.

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  • Roger Tweedy, Work & Age Trust NZ / NEWORK Centre
  • Roger Tweedy

    Issues for the future will be the same ones we have been banging on for the last 12 years — the ageing workforce and the need to change our thinking around work structure.

    I would probably amend this first in light of the upcoming decade of the changing workforce demography — which picks up older, younger, ethnic diversity etc.. Much (not all) of the current obsession with 'skills shortage’ is about perceived fit in our view: why can’t your next apprentice electrician be 55 years old, your salesman be African, or your planner have a disability. Your next worker may not be the same as your last.

    The flexible/changing nature side will be the major frontier for employers and society to grapple with. Not only does it need to deal with the changing nature of how workers want to or could sell their time (e.g. more outcomes rather than inputs focused); it will be driven by energy and travel demands, work/life (or life/work) balance, technological advancements, and an ageing workforce with different motivations.

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  • Russel Norman, Green Party Co-Leader; Spokesperson on Economics and Trade
  • Russel Norman
    Peak oil is going to result in serious structural reform of the economy. The capacity of the world’s oil fields to produce oil is near its peak and world demand isn’t far behind. The difficulty of substituting other commodities for oil means that when demand hits the peak capacity there will be persistently rising oil prices, and possibly a major oil shock. The structural impact on the New Zealand economy will be significant because of the oil inputs into passenger transport, freight transport, agriculture, tourism and most everything else directly or indirectly. The sooner we move to reduce the oil intensity of the economy the lesser will be the impact of that adjustment.

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  • Paul Matheson, Mayor of Nelson / Chair of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
  • Paul Matheson
    In the future we will need to address the widening gap between rich and poor, continue to increase our skills and talents, invest in quality education, invest in our young people and encourage them to invest in our country and increase the availability of quality flexible work. Looking at these issues in a global context and focussing on sustainable solutions will be essential.

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  • Lindsay Jeffs, Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • To prevent New Zealand slipping from a first world to a second world country will require a complete change in focus from the present economic growth orientation to a sustainable growth orientation. This will mean the development of co-ordinated national development plans rather than a series of ad-hoc strategy frameworks that result in industry and regions competing against one another.

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  • Brian Easton, Economist
  • Brian Easton

    It is worth recalling the clumsiness of the jobs service when it first began using the stick. More than one unemployed worker suffered an undeserved thwack. The service will have to lift its performance another step to deal with this rump of unemployed.

    We also need to review the carrots. An important one was from first reducing the real value of the unemployment benefit in 1991 and then maintaining it since, even though wages have risen faster. Thus the gap between wages and benefits has risen, providing a greater income boost when someone finds work. But there is an absurdity here. The standard social security benefit has the same real value as it had fifty years ago, and is projected to remain there for another 50 years. Real wages will quadruple in the 100 years. Does that make sense? Especially as it is punishing the unemployed by excluding then from belonging to and participating in society. Surely the frictionally unemployed deserve better.

    The current situation is even more vicious to families with children. In order to get as big an income boost on returning to work, a key element of income assistance (the Child Tax Credit) is given only to working families, thus punishing the already poor children of the unemployed. Just as the unemployed can be collateral sufferers of macroeconomic policy, children are collateral sufferers of the labour market policy. Is either deserved?

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  • Darel Hall, Executive Director of the Industry Training Federation
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    I’d like people to be more demanding of quality of goods and services, more demanding of good work — probably more demanding full stop. I mean demanding in a reasonable fashion, being engaged in their work and their purchase of others’ work is perhaps a better term.

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  • Denise Eaglesome, Deputy Mayor of Wairoa; Wairoa College Youth Co-ordinator
  • Denise Eaglesome
    Issues for the future will be...

    The lack of qualified workers because they have all headed overseas.

    Youth violence which is growing everyday.

    Smaller local bodies having to amalgamate with their bigger neighbours because increasing government legislation has wiped them out so rate payers will definitely pay more for less.

    Here’s an idea ... All young people who leave school at 15-16 years with low or no qualifications and no pathway to further education should be made to go into the armed forces for two years. This isn’t a new idea and happens overseas ... I am sure it would address so many things and probably youth violence. What do readers think?

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  • Graeme Dingle, Chairperson of the Foundation for Youth Development
  • Graeme Dingle

    My dream is that in my lifetime some of our most appalling negative statistics will be severely impacted on, including...

      Numbers in prison down.

      Proportion of Maori in prison down.

      Numbers committing suicide down.

      Numbers not in education down.

      Let’s get on with it — I haven’t got that much time.

  • Gordon Hudson, Manager of Like Minds Taranaki
  • gordon_hudson

    The major challenges will be to attain a viable workforce to further develop the Aotearoa/New Zealand economy. With current demographic patterns of rapidly increasing elderly and rapidly diminishing youth — there will be a major discrepancy in available labour to sustain, yet alone grow the economy.

    Already there is a dire shortage of people prepared to work in the care-giving industries. Nothing significant, despite endless reports, has been done to address this problem. It will rapidly escalate in the very near future.

    Another major concern will be to place increased emphasis on unemployed youth. There is really too much waste of untapped talent and resource.

    Combating teenage pregnancies, particularly where there is no viable support for the parent and child is an essential problem that needs significant resourcing to achieve satisfactory outcomes for parent and child.

    Finally, I believe that a major attitude change needs to occur to reduce our energy consumption, particularly our waste, increase our energy output and become a great deal more environmentally aware.

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  • Peter McCardle, Former Minister of Employment
  • Peter McCardle

    How, and if, we respond to the astonishing growth in Sickness and Invalid dependence is one significant issue. In 1970, there were around 16,000 adults (including spouses or partners) supported by these benefits. Just 36 years on, with population growth of around 30%, the number of adults supported by these benefits is over 150,000. A rise of around 900%.

    The capacity to provide opportunities and answers for this and other challenges lies in the degree to which strong economic growth and therefore job growth is restored. Growth provides not just jobs, but income for the government to provide services and income assistance.

    The achievement of sustained strong growth will increasingly become the single most important issue.

    After 25 years of involvement, from front line work with the unemployed, to time as the Minister of Business Development and the Minister of Employment, I have learned that the key answers are not in government grants or subsidies to help start or grow businesses; nor in taxing working people and businesses more to spend it on a myriad of central or local Government programmes. Rather, it is in the more politically challenging approach of central and local government politicians being careful and disciplined in their taxation of peoples earnings, reducing the bureaucratic and red tape burdens, and providing access to information and infrastructure to allow people to get on with getting ahead.

    Emphasis therefore should not be on political rhetoric such as transforming the economy, and the announcing of endless central Government new initiatives, but on lowering taxes and barriers, providing infrastructure and information, the right incentives, and making New Zealand internationally attractive for investment.

    Failure to do so will see New Zealand slip very quietly but steadily, further and further behind other nations in terms of our standard of living, including our capacity to provide jobs for our people, and the alleviation of hardship.

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  • Ross Wilson, President of the NZ Council of Trade Unions
  • Ross Wilson

    Our future lies in building a high skill, high performance, high wage economy which recognises the value of skills and knowledge and treats workers as a valuable asset. We need to focus on building the ‘high road’ economy. If we are to compete in a global economy, we need the best education, the best skills, the best infrastructure and the best regional and industry development programmes.

    Above all we need to urgently turn around the low wages crisis facing New Zealand. Our wages are 35% lower than Australia and far too many workers are reliant on movements in the minimum wage to see any pay increases. 91,000 workers received a wage increase when the minimum wage was lifted in March this year, and of these 61,000 were women. These workers deserve better, and an immediate $12 minimum wage and scrapping youth rates would be a start.

    We will also need more action on pay and employment equity and a full commitment to close the 14% gender pay gap that still exists in this country, despite the Equal Pay Act being now over 30 years old.

    The impact of China on all countries, including ours, is going to be immense over the coming years. Some people have argued that the future for many New Zealand industries is one where we design products here but manufacture them offshore, an argument that has resurfaced during the recent debate over the Buy Kiwi Made project. The CTU doesn’t share this somewhat defeatist view and I’m sure that the 300,000 workers who have jobs in the manufacturing sector don’t either. However unless we accelerate the transformation of our economy to one of higher skill, higher value and higher wage levels we have little chance of avoiding the negative impact of China’s burgeoning manufacturing sector.

    We will increasingly be grappling with productivity. Understandably the term ‘productivity’ is something of a four-letter word for many workers who remember the restructuring, job losses, work intensification and so forth that has often accompanied management efforts to lift productivity in the past. For our part, the CTU is contributing to the national debate around the issue with a Workplace Productivity Education Project, which is an adult education programme giving employees the opportunity to grapple with the drivers of productivity from a worker perspective.

    And although our unemployment is the second lowest in the OECD we must not ignore the disparities that exist in this figure — the significantly higher rates of unemployment for Maori workers and Pacific workers — and an absolute commitment is required from all to address this. The CTU remains committed to a policy goal of full-employment and we recognise the responsibility of society as a whole and government in particular to ensure that all New Zealanders have the opportunity to work and receive a living wage.

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  • Parekura Horomia, Minister of Maori Affairs, Associate Minister for Social Development
  • Parakura Horomia
    I’m excited about the future for Maori. With unemployment low, it will be the challenge for us to live local but think global. That will start with rangatahi gaining specific education to meet these challenges and NZ, with its uniqueness, competing on the world stage, Maori tourism and arts to name a few.

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  • Lindsay Mitchell, The Institute of Liberal Values NZ
  • Lindsay Mitchell

    We must focus less on state redistribution as a means to alleviating poverty. This method only puts in place disincentives. For instance, the Working for Families package makes it unprofitable for an existing worker to take on more hours or seek promotion or for a second potential earner to take a part-time job. It is difficult to see how productivity can be lifted if income is not tied to work effort. The Working for Families package should be repealed.

    A lighter hand is needed on the labour market. Raising minimum and youth rates will not increase employment. Wage controls hurt the people they are supposed to help.

    The qualification age for state superannuation has to go up or stricter means testing applied. With over 65s making up an ever-growing percentage of the population, scrutinising their health and financial needs cannot be avoided. People should be encouraged to work longer where they wish to. In 1997, it was calculated if time spent on the old-age pension in 1900 was equivalent, the eligibility would be 75 years for men and 80 for women. The ages will have risen further since.

    The inflow of newcomers into the benefit system must be stemmed. In particular, teenage parents who stay on welfare the longest and have children most at risk of negative social outcomes should not be lured by a Domestic Purposes Benefit lifestyle. More effort must go into contraception advocacy and adoption consideration.

    Two parent families should be recognised and encouraged as the successful economic social unit. The encouragement should be through less intervention, lower taxes and less economic bias towards one-parent families.

    We need to attract overseas investment and immigration through a more competitive tax regime. We must commit to competing in the global economy — not to sliding back to protectionism and controls.

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  • Yvonne Sharp, Mayor of the Far North District Council
  • Yvonnne Sharp

    I believe that all levels of government need to provide both leadership and the needed impetus to ‘make things happen’ for our communities. The latter requires key staff experienced in economic and social development, as well as readily available networks of knowledge-brokers with practical business acumen. Good communication and building relationships with the targeted communities is of course vital.

    The years ahead will see increased pressure brought to bear by increasing mobility and transport costs. Appropriate responses such as the recent upsurge in the number and patronage of community markets are a case in point. However, on a broader front, more focus is required to foster innovative solutions to essential infrastructure such as energy creation. Access to communication technologies such as fast broadband is also essential. Correspondingly, this will require well targeted resourcing as well as upskilling to truly sustain our communities.

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  • Bob Austin, Pathways Project Officer, Rotorua District Council
  • The issues for the future include: catering for the training/employment needs of generation Y and Z; ensuring that everyone that wants to be in employment, education, training or community activity is catered for; developing strategies to minimise the effects of economic downturns on employment growth; ensuring we do not become too dependant on products manufactured/assembled overseas (e.g. in China as such a dependency would not only make us reliant on their supply chains but also could put pressure on emerging NZ industries which may compete with these products); and improving the work/life balance for all New Zealanders.

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  • Jim Anderton, Progressive Party Leader; Government Minister
  • Jim Anderton

    My new role as Minister of all the Primary Industry portfolios gives me a slightly different perspective on New Zealand’s future.

    Our primary industries remain the sustaining heart of our economy. Between 70% and 95% of our primary goods are exported. Two-thirds of our foreign exchange comes from primary sector industries. Over the last 15 years agriculture, forestry, and related industries have increased their productivity at more than double the rate of the rest of the economy. The contribution of agribusiness to New Zealand’s economy has been rising.

    Our gross domestic product grew by over 25% in the six years to March 2005, and it has grown further since then. As a result real national income per head — that is, the average income of each of us adjusted for inflation — rose by nearly 19%.

    But we have to do even better. We need to keep increasing our earnings if we want to enjoy a rising standard of living. The goods and services we enjoy from overseas can only be paid for with our earnings from our exports. It has become a bit of a mantra of mine to say that to have a first world health and education system, we need a first world economy. There is no doubt that the economy under the Labour-Progressive coalition government has improved out of sight and if it continues to do so, our public services will continue to improve along with it.

    Economic growth in the primary sectors will continue to drive New Zealand’s economic future. Skills shortages are affecting most of our businesses and industries. The skills shortage makes it harder to develop high value industries and increase productivity. But it is a better problem to have than a job shortage!

    I’m proud of the government’s track record in industry training. There were 150,000 New Zealanders learning on the job at the end of last year. Some thirty thousand businesses are involved in industry-training programmes.

    The Labour-Progressive government is ready to adapt the way we work with industry and productivity is the guiding beacon of the next three years of economic and industry policy.

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  • Ian Ritchie, Manawatu
  • Ian Ritchie
    Issues for the next 12 years - challenging the dominant ethos of greed and individuality and TINA, re-establishing a sense of community and collective responsibility, mechanisms for citizen power; developing alternative information networks. Challenging the overwhelming dominance of right and ultraright wing parties in government / parliament and avoiding the bankruptcy of the NZ economy as a result of asset sales and the takeover of services in NZ by overseas multinationals. Challenging the lies and empire building of the American elite and its key supporters.

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  • Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law at The University of Auckland
  • Jane Kelsey
    Is it all bad? No. There are positive signs of fightback — the sight of several hundred young people on Queen Street chanting ‘union power’ as they mount the campaign to ‘Supersize My Pay’ — left unionists in the leadership of mainstream unions spear-heading successful campaigns, notably the multi-employer contract for nurses — awareness among young people I teach of the horrors of war and cynicism of political trade-offs between human rights and economic interests — and more.

    But my fear is about what happens in the next five years when the economy turns, unemployment grows, safety nets have disappeared, public services are run down, Maori and migrant communities are abandoned, thousands more people die in imperialist wars, the world is even more unsafe and energy becomes unaffordable. Undoubtedly, the voices of neoliberalism will ring out with the familiar refrain that we must maintain investor confidence and the only solution lies in the global market. And when they insist, yet again, that ‘there is no alternative’, will we have one?

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  • Garry Moore, Mayor of Christchurch; Founding Chairperson of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
  • Garry Moore
    The main issue of the future is to have people in key positions who can sit in the corner, like Dr Seuss’ Lorax, and say “I speak for our young people. I am your conscience. They are our future. As a society we have an obligation to prepare for them playing a part in the future of this economy and this country.”

    Without this ethical commitment we will continue to repeat the mistakes of yesterday, tomorrow.

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    Jim Anderton
    Bob Austin
    Alister Barry
    Geoff Bascand
    David Benson-Pope
    Sue Bradford
    Jenny Brash
    Paul Callister
    Geoff Chapple
    Peter Conway
    Margaret Crozier
    Paul Dalziel
    Graeme Dingle
    Denise Eaglesome
    Brian Easton
    Anne Else
    Trevor Gray
    Nicky Hager
    Darel Hall
    Grifen Hope
    Parekura Horomia
    Jo Howard
    Gordon Hudson
    Hugh Hughes
    Peter Hughes
    vivian Hutchinson
    Lindsay Jeffs
    Jane Kelsey
    Peter McCardle
    Judy McGregor
    Paul Matheson
    Lindsay Mitchell
    Garry Moore
    Sandi Morrison
    Russel Norman
    Dave Owens
    Ian Ritchie
    Brigid Ryan
    Ron Sharp
    Yvonne Sharp
    Rodger Smith
    Susan St John
    Wally Stone
    Roger Tweedy
    Janfrie Wakim
    Ross Wilson
    Donna Wynd

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    You have made a huge contribution to so many during The Jobs Letter’s lifetime. It was the only voice that was accessible and courageous. You made complex data digestible and you provided the nearest thing to what many community people could call 'professional development’. I believe you have had one of the few roles of monitoring social and economic consequences in NZ since the NZ Planning Council disbanded. My good wishes to you in your future endeavours.
    — Hilary Allison

    I would like to close with a salute to The Jobs Letter team for being there for people during the last 12 years. Many of these years were bleak. I am glad you leave with good times, and hopefully, with effort and perseverance, even better times are ahead. I wish you all the best in your future projects and endeavours.
    — Jim Anderton

    It is sad that all our efforts at local, regional and national levels to fight poverty and unemployment are wiped out every few years by the Reserve Bank and yet we were never able to organize ourselves politically to stop it.
    — Alister Barry

    This must be a celebration for having worked yourselves out of this particular job! A huge thank you to The Jobs Letter for its persistent and passionate belief that unemployment should be eliminated, and for its superb contribution to the community. It is a great reminder to those of us in a similar business that disseminating high quality and relevant information is important. The Jobs Letter has been a must-read of mine for many years and I will miss it greatly.
    — Geoff Bascand

    We’ve achieved a lot, but there’s more to do. We will continue to make real progress through working in partnership with business and employers, with iwi and community groups and with non-government organisations.
    Government has a key role to play in building a strong economy and a strong society, but it’s not a job for us alone. We highly value our partnerships with people and organisations across New Zealand’s diverse and growing society.
    — David Benson-Pope

    I would like to thank the members of the Jobs Research Trust for all the work they have done over the last 12 years in providing an invaluable resource for all of us who work in the area of employment and welfare. You have done an amazing job and I will miss The Jobs Letter tremendously.
    — Sue Bradford

    I am very sad that this is the last issue of the The Jobs Letter. I congratulate and thank most sincerely Vivian, Dave, and The Jobs Letter team who have produced a very professional, very readable and very useful newsletter every 2 weeks for many years. It provided very valuable information and commentary for me and my Council on current employment issues that we needed to know about and to think about! Issues discussed were always topical and very relevant. You have made a huge contribution to reducing unemployment in your own right by ensuring we as readers of the Jobs Newsletter were kept informed. Thank you again and best wishes to you all.
    — Jenny Brash

    The Jobs Letter began when unemployment was a very worrying feature of New Zealand life. In a balanced way, the letter played an important part in helping a wide range of New Zealanders understand the problems that were then facing employers, employees, the unemployed and the government. All those involved in The Jobs Letter can take some credit for the gains we have made since this difficult period.
    — Paul Callister

    It interests me that we formed Te Araroa Trust in 1994, within a month of The Jobs Letter’s first publication. We were all concerned then about unemployment. Our trust had a vision of Te Araroa being constructed quickly, with black singlets massed along its length. The unemployed would work alongside politicians to do the job. It didn’t happen. Nothing happens quickly nor quite according to plan, but we’re still here, still doing it. As it segues to another form, I salute the Jobs Research Trust and its Jobs Letter, which was a beacon. I know its people will keep doing it, in whatever form.
    — Geoff Chapple

    It’s been a great newsletter. Networks matter. Open exchange of views is vital. Sometimes a complacency creeps in around employment when we have low levels of unemployment by historical standards. I remember in March 2000 when Westpac said that 6.3% unemployment was “worryingly low”. They were worried about wages and inflation — but it shows the problems that occur when (say) monetary policy becomes the main focus — rather than decent jobs and full employment. So — those in the union movement — along with readers of The Jobs Letter will need to keep the focus on jobs going.
    — Peter Conway

    Heartfelt thanks to The Jobs Letter team for keeping a spotlight on the issues of employment while economic policies have fluctuated between action and neglect. You communicated speedily and thoughtfully in a way that was accessible to a wide group of interested parties: local authorities, community projects, iwi, government employees, politicians and unemployed people. You kept an eye on the global picture and you fed the local networking which allowed us to share our thinking and be encouraged by the responses of others round the country.
    There is still work to be done. What will you do next? Kia kaha!
    — Margaret Crozier

    Thank you for all the time and energy you have all put into The Jobs Letter. It set a new benchmark of quality, clear accurate reporting, a watching/ tracking role on the issue of unemployment, great resources and commentary, and such a wide ranging distribution. 12 years is a long time to have been holding that role. I support you taking time to rest and review, as well as fully celebrating the many gains of the past 12 years. And of course I want to be kept in touch with what emerges from that considering.
    — Elaine Dyer

    Implicit in this brief review is an agenda for further work. It is sad that The Jobs Letter won’t be there to think about it, as it has been pursuing the earlier agenda set by the trauma of the 1987-1993 period. Who will?
    — Brian Easton

    I want to thank The Jobs Letter team for the outstanding contribution you have made to ensuring that the New Zealand public is better informed and encouraged to think and talk about these important issues. As a freelance commentator, I will miss The Jobs Letter immensely.
    — Anne Else

    I just wanted to say how much I will miss The Jobs Letter, it was always informative, thought provoking, unbiased, and a great read. I think that Aotearoa will be the lesser for its passing as there is no other publication that comes close to keeping those working in the employment sector up to date with what is happening in our world. A big thank you to the Jobs Letter team, we do owe you heaps for your commitment. — Elaine Gill

    We have been immensely privileged to be provided for on a regular basis, through thick and thin and for no cost, the magnificent publication called The Jobs Letter. It has informed, advised, connected, challenged and inspired us in a variety of ways that have sparked innumerable acts of good and it mostly never received credit for. Nothing can replace it nor should. Thanks vivian, Dave and Sue and many others I don’t know of who have consistently made the daily bread and to Rodger and Jo who joined them as Trustees to provide wise and humble voluntary guidance to this unique phenomenon.
    — Trevor Gray

    I hope you’re all feeling good about your efforts over the last 12 years. Congratulations from an irregular but appreciative reader.
    — Nicky Hager

    What I hope is that we don’t have to re-learn all these lessons again in 12 years.
    — Darel Hall

    Kia ora to The Jobs Letter Team! 12 years ago seems like yesterday. I can clearly remember, like Employment Matters, when The Jobs Letter was produced.
    With its challenges on government policy, businesses and the wider community, information and detail has always been forthright and up to date.
    Along with the 12 years of The Jobs Letter production, many great community development initiatives and organisations like CEGs and CEDU have moved on. I recognise the people and teams within The Jobs Letter and their effort over the years.
    As somebody who has come from community development, along with many present day leaders who are now in a variety of forums, I certainly want to recognise The Jobs Letter Team and say 'a job well done’! Heio ano
    — Parekura Horomia

    As for The Jobs Letter – this has been a national icon for a number of years, always well researched, always timely and always relevant. Much of this success is clearly the result of the calibre and resilience of the editorial board. It always has appeared to be politically impartial. That it is not planned to continue will be a great loss. While it would be a very difficult act to follow – the process and standards have been long set. I earnestly hope that some agency/group will pick up the reins. In the interim – rest well in your big shoes. You have done exceedingly well for far longer than anyone could have hoped for.
    — Gordon Hudson

    The Jobs Letter will be greatly missed.
    — Judy McGregor

    In 2000, The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs signed a memorandum of understanding with The Jobs Research Trust, the first partnership negotiated by the Taskforce. Over the last five years The Jobs Letter has provided Mayors with up to date, succinct information on work and livelihood which we have been able to use in our work on youth employment. The resource has been invaluable and has given us an insight into the many issues facing our communities. We have been very pleased be a part of this community project which has given all of us information not always readily available in the mainstream media, and we acknowledge the work of The Jobs Letter in supporting the aims and goals of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.
    — Paul Matheson

    When I learned The Jobs Letter was putting together its final issue, I was very disappointed and immediately wondered who else could provide as good a service in this field. When I began researching, The Jobs Letter was a marvellous discovery. The well-presented up-to-date stats (which Statistics New Zealand don’t make highly accessible), the news round-up, book reviews and the generally unbiased tone has made this publication one I look forward to receiving. It will be missed. Thank you for the work you have done
    — Lindsay Mitchell

    Finally I would like to congratulate vivian Hutchinson and The Jobs Letter team for consistently providing a one stop shop for what’s hot and what’s not on the employment/unemployment frontier for 12 long years — a remarkable achievement.
    — Sandi Morrison

    Thank you to the Jobs Research Trust for all your work over the years. You have created a really useful tool and information resource and I wish you all the best with your next project.
    — Russel Norman

    Outside the appropriate academic circles, commentary on socioeconomic relations in terms of the enduring dynamic between ‘labour and capital’ is no longer taken very seriously. Yet I cannot rid myself of the view that most, if not all, of the socioeconomic concerns we have at multiple levels of community, nation and globe, can be understood in terms of how we mismanage such relationships. That of labour and capital remains one of those central to our current socioeconomic structures. The Jobs Research Trust has, and continues, to provide important witness to how that relationship not only remains so central but continues to struggle to achieve a semblance of equitable justice — and has extended that role to also being an extra-ordinary clearing-house of employment-related information (widely interpreted, thank goodness!). Thank guys, for having what it took to make it happen.
    — Greg Pirie

    The Jobs Letter has been a great source of current information for people working in this sector. I work as a consultant in an isolated work environment and The Jobs Letter has been really helpful for me to stay in touch with trends and have access to statistics presented in a useful and easily understood format. I hope The Jobs Letter will be resurrected in some other form! Congratulations on what you have achieved and good luck for the future!
    — Brigid Ryan

    The Jobs Letter has been a wonderful resource and will be sorely missed.
    — Susan St John

    Having experienced the energy emanating from 12 years and 253 issues I know that the closure of The Jobs Letter is only the end of a chapter. You held out this light through years of devastating restructuring, keeping hopes alive. Your new horizons will develop creative new ways to follow. We have learned to hold you in great respect and look forward to your new fields of leadership.
    — Ron Sharp

    The Jobs Letter has been our inspiration at Work & Age Trust. Those wonderful Hutchinson think pieces have lifted our spirits at times when all around (the policy shop) is bleak. Vivian has introduced us to new world thinkers — the Jeremy Rifkins, the Paul Hawkens etc. who have taken us in new directions. The facts and figures have always been presented ‘au natural’ without that all to familiar spin from other sources. WE WILL MISS THE JOBS LETTERS HEAPS.
    It was during my Churchill Fellowship through North America in 2001 that the international effects of The Jobs Letters and Vivian were highlighted for me. When introducing myself as a kiwi in many meetings, conferences etc the common question was do you known Vivian Hutchinson — that famous kiwi and leader in the field of employment. They often saw The Jobs Letter as part of some big institution — little did they know (till I told them) that it operated from a kitchen table in the Naki.
    Ka kite ano my friends
    — Roger Tweedy

    Heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in producing with The Jobs Letter for their invaluable work over the past 12 years and best wishes to all in their future projects.
    — Janfrie Wakim

    Many people in the union movement have appreciated and contributed to the work of The Jobs Letter. It has been an excellent resource for people involved in employment, poverty and welfare campaigning and community economic development, and its regular contributions to these areas will be missed.
    — Ross Wilson

    We will miss this resource, and wish those involved all the best in the future.
    — Donna Wynd

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