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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

No 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

The Jobs Letter No.43
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”

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

    It strikes me that we have learned a great deal over these years. First that well-working labour markets and stable economic growth matter a lot and yield large employment benefits.

    Second, that policy and its implementation does matter. Changes to labour market rules, the age and entitlement to national superannuation, and the concerted performance targets of WINZ and its predecessors in getting people into work have all contributed to these gains.

    Third, we have learned that long-term detachment from the labour market has significant, long-term costs. Studies have shown larger lasting income losses for those out of work the longest. Even now, Pacific and Maori participation rates have not returned to earlier levels as detachment was most severe for these and other lower skilled groups.

    Fourth, we have learned that getting people off-benefit does not equate with getting them into work and sustaining their attachment and progress in the labour market (e.g. see LEED research reports). We still have some work to determine the appropriate responsibilities of our public institutions in this regard and how best to assist successful work transitions.

    Fifth, we’ve learned that employment growth, by raising the real and relative incomes of low-income people, has the potential to improve equity in the distribution of income, at least in the lower half of the income distribution (see Treasury working paper on the earnings distribution and Motu analysis of the Maori income distribution).

    Lastly, I observe that we have gained new understanding of how dynamic the labour market is. The LEED data offer dramatic new insights here. For every new job created in a quarter, perhaps five to ten times as many are starting and a similar number are finishing. High job turnover means that there are many opportunities for job seekers to enter the labour market, but we have also learned that tenure is often very short.

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  • Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics at Lincoln University
  • Paul Dalziel

    We have learned a great deal over the 12 years. We have learned more about the full social costs of radical economic reform. We have learned more about the strengths and weaknesses of a market economy. We have learned more about our society’s willingness to accept ethnic and sexual diversity. We have learned more about the strengths and weaknesses of central and local government policies for improving social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being.

    Most of all, we have learned that even in a period of rising economic prosperity, serious problems of poverty (in its widest sense) remain. In particular, New Zealand continues to have shocking issues with child and youth poverty. Social Report 2006 records that 38% of dependent children under 18 years had low living standards in 2004, an increase from 34% in 2000. It also records that New Zealand has the third highest male youth suicide rate and the highest female youth suicide rate in the world. We are one of the few countries where the suicide rate is higher at younger ages than at older ages.

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

    Punitive approaches like benefit cuts and work-for-the-dole are doomed to fail. They don’t lead to real jobs, and they use up case managers time in administration.

    Only a strong economy and targeted, specialised services deliver sustained employment growth. Services must match people’s skills and circumstances, and acknowledge that some have greater barriers to work than others.

    The more we reduce unemployment benefit numbers, the more time and resources we can focus on supporting other groups, like people with ill health or a disability or the long-term unemployed.

    Results like benefit numbers are easy to measure and quick to see. Others, like sustained improvements in education or living standards, take a longer time. We need to measure immediate and long-term progress to get a genuine sense of what’s working.

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  • Sue Bradford, Green Party MP Responsible for Employment, Welfare, Community
  • Sue Bradford

    Work-for-the-dole schemes don’t work, and a strong vibrant economy is a better road to creating jobs than forcing people to work for subsistence wages.

    Under the current government’s approach, part of the price for higher employment rates appears to be very low wages and poor conditions of employment for many workers.

    A local government/government partnership (Mayors Taskforce for Jobs) working together to help end youth unemployment can begin to effect real change for the better.

    Both National and Labour-led Governments are happy to entrench structural discrimination against beneficiaries and their children and to continue with an income support regime which is usually not enough for people to live on, impossibly complex and expensive in its administration, and often unfair in its application.

    There is a lot more that needs to be done by all of us who care — across all sectors — to end unemployment and poverty in this country.

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  • Garry Moore, Mayor of Christchurch, Founding Chairperson of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
  • Garry Moore

    I have learned that when we go through significant restructuring we should think long term and not just short term. When we restructured in the 1980s and 1990s we left a group within our community in NZ without engagement, or hope, and we then did not train people for where our economy was heading. We did not train trades people. We relied on the ‘market’ to meet future needs. The partnership between public and private was non-existent. The concept of ‘non market intervention’ was a mantra chanted by the high priests of the market.

    A modern economy needs an active engagement by both public and private sectors. Our forebears understood this and they set up a good mix of training which was not just at universities.

    We have to make sure that careers advisors understand where jobs are, and what skills are needed. This will lead to our young people being exposed to many potential opportunities for their lives.

    We have a lot of lost time to make up if our economy is to have the skilled workforce which will be necessary to meet the demands of new world markets for our goods and services. Let us never repeat the awful mistakes we made during the past two decades with our dreadful ‘hands off’ approach.

    We are a resilient country that has been rocked by globalisation, oil prices and even the weather in recent times, but we have met these challenges and continue to grow.

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  • Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law at The University of Auckland
  • Jane Kelsey
    Today, beneficiaries are being blamed once more for their ‘dependency’ and their children are denied access to the entitlements provided for children or parents in paid work. Hard won recognition of the Tiriti o Waitangi are being expunged from law and policy as Maori are targeted once again through familiar practices of institutional and personal racism. The hospitals are culling waiting lists to meet their budgets. Schools in poor areas struggle with kids who are hungry and whose parents can’t pay the ‘voluntary’ fees. Talk of tax cuts no longer draws howls of outrage about the richer getting richer or what will have to be cut to pay for them.

    No-one talks about these things any more. What has changed? Poverty, inequality, exploitive employment, deteriorating public services and user charges for the poor have become normalised. Successive governments that have claimed to represent working people have been more concerned about threats of capital flight and a crisis of investor confidence. Even compliance with New Zealand’s international obligations on paid parental leave only occurred through pressure from the Alliance Party, which was deliberately killed off at the 2001 election.

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  • Peter McCardle, Former Minister of Employment
  • Peter McCardle
    I doubt that New Zealand has learned the most important economic facts that are clear from the experience of the last 20 years: that the single most important key to reducing unemployment and hardship is strong and sustained real economic growth of over 3% per annum. Policy must therefore put this goal at the top of its considerations.

    While the economic growth of recent times (on the back of the reforms of a decade or more ago) has been hugely positive, it is now falling away to a lower level, and there is a real risk New Zealand’s living standards and job growth will fall further behind comparable countries such as Australia that already have much higher standards of living.

  • Ron Sharp, Motueka Community House
  • We have learned that the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy still works, Fritz Schumacher was right, the monetary status quo where interest-bearing-debt-operating-for-profit-only has sucked us all in and is unsustainable, consumerism is unsustainable, competition needs to give way to co-operation, most institutions in our western society need to be reformed into more sustainable social relationships, we must protect our environment, another world is possible, the trickle down system has not worked, divisional barriers need to be abolished and that we are one species that needs to work together.

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  • Susan St John, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland Business School
  • Susan St John

    It is more what we are about to learn … which is attacking poverty with a work-incentive tied to children is a clumsy and ineffective approach. It punishes those children whose parents lose their jobs in a recession and by being so expensive — diminishes the political will to increase disposable income of those who can’t work.

    In terms of learning, we have learned nothing from the failures of the family income support measures of the 1990s including the introduction of the highly divisive and discriminatory Child Tax Credit in 1996. The In Work Payment of 2006 perpetrates the inequity.

    We have learned nothing from the benefit cuts of 1991 as they have been mirrored in 2005 with core benefit reductions and changes to hardship provisions.

    We have learned little from the failure to index family support with indexation applying to cumulative inflation over 5% only from 2007.

    We have taught women that the only value they have is if they are in the workforce. What we will learn from this is that when women also undervalue their care-giving role, society is immeasurably worse off.

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

    The market does not (nor should it be expected to) provide services and opportunities that are neither commercial nor profitable.

    Developing and maintaining a fair, just and equitable society requires visionary public and community intervention and investment.

    Contracts for services in the not-for-profit sector is a poor substitute for developing partnership approaches between the public, private and community sectors to address gaps.

    A long-term commitment to investing in research and development work in the community sector is a pre-requisite for building more robust and sustainable economies.

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

    We should have learned by now that ‘trickle down’ does not work. Tax cuts for the rich, higher profits, privatisation of state assets and so on did not trickle down benefits to all. If anything they trickled up and then flooded out of the country.

    We should have learned that there is nothing wrong with strong regulations that can ensure redistribution of income through the tax system and the labour market.

    We have learned that in the right circumstances, minimum wages can rise sharply without leading to high unemployment.

    Also we know that if employability relies on having a transferable skill, then we need investment in skills. Knowledge may be an infinite resource — but it needs to be nurtured.

    We have learned that it is very hard to come back later and address the major social deficits that develop when right-wing economic policies reign supreme for over a decade.

    Hopefully we have learned that a sustainable development framework is a better approach.

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  • Peter Hughes, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development
  • Peter Hughes
    The Ministry’s living standards research highlighted the difficulties faced by a small proportion of families reliant on the benefit and supporting dependent children. Working for Families focuses on families with children and will make a significant contribution to addressing this issue.

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  • Alister Barry, Documentary maker
  • Alister Barry
    We have learned that if a consensus on the use of unemployment as the basic mechanism for controlling inflation can be achieved amongst the two political parties, the business elite, the business media and most general media commentators, then permanent levels of unemployment (and poverty) around the level of the NAIRU (Non Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment) will be tolerated by the general population.

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  • Russel Norman, Green Party Co-Leader and Spokesperson on Economics and Trade
  • Russel Norman
    We have learned that cutting the wages of the lowest paid has negative economic outcomes as well as negative social outcomes. The productivity drop after the introduction of the Employment Contracts Act in 1991 should have surprised no one but is a sobering lesson. If we want to have a high wage economy then we need to have high productivity and you don’t get there by cutting wages. Extreme inequality is a major contributor to ill health and a raft of other negative social indicators.

    Inequality matters in and of itself. Social policy that remains focussed on getting people into low-wage jobs and is blind to the gap between the rich and the rest will fail to address inequality and all that goes with it.

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

    Retaining of power and control generally drives political leaders and their bureaucracies, at both national and local levels, resulting in a reluctance to work in true partnership with citizens. Consequently local initiatives lack of support and encouragement and don’t tap the potential that exists within its citizens, limiting what can be achieved.

    There’s growing evidence across all sections of society, of increasing anti-social attitudes and values ranging from things like selfishness, greed, lack of accountability, lawlessness, violence and abuse, lack of concern or consideration of others and so on, which also impinges on results. The need is for holistic rather than the pepper-pot approach for attempting to solve the symptoms of social problems or ills when the public demand for action means they can longer be ignored by authorities.

    Such negative trends feature, in varying degrees, in all developed nations, indicating there’s a common denominator in this socialising failure of young over the last century or so.

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  • Denise Eaglesome, Deputy Mayor of Wairoa; Wairoa College Youth Co-ordinator
  • Denise Eaglesome

    I’m not sure that we have learned anything or we have we done anything to change or improve what we know. We have learned that we have a critical shortage of skilled workers and we are now addressing that with a number of initiatives.

    We know that varsity graduates are leaving the country in order to pay off their huge debts because they are being offered better wages overseas ... and we are not really doing anything about that.

    We have learned that wages are far better in Australia than here and we are advised by Michael Cullen not to ask for wage increases ... so we are not doing anything about that.

    In a nutshell we have learned many things but are not doing anything about them.

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  • Donna Wynd, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Donna Wynd

    Sadly, in respect of poverty we have learned nothing. The policies that brought so much hardship to so many in the 1990s have not been abandoned, and in the case of the In Work Payment, they have been made harsher. While CPAG endorses the principle that decent, well-paid work should be available to all who want it, we believe there must be official acknowledgement that the needs of children do not change according to the work status of their parents. And this acknowledgment should be accompanied by policies.

    Nor have we relearned the value of well-paid, secure work. Communities devastated by the reforms of the 1980s are now struggling as parents work two or more jobs to stay afloat. A liveable minimum wage would seem an obvious lesson that has eluded us.

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

    It is now acknowledged that the Employment Contract Act era of the 1990s encouraged employers to focus on reducing labour costs rather than investing in skill development and technology. The result is that our wages here are low enough to drive skilled workers offshore, particularly to Australia. The neo-liberal economic and welfare policies of the 1980s and 1990s created and worsened the conditions that result in the significant hardship faced by many low-income workers and beneficiaries.

    More recently though, we have learned that if we involve workers in decision making on matters on the job that effect them, it can have positive results. A good example is the increased worker participation introduced by the 2002 health and safety reforms that are helping to bring down our still too high rates of workplace fatalities.

    We have also learned that regular, albeit modest, increases in the minimum wage over the last six years has not seen large numbers of people being put out of work, instead it has coincided with the lowest unemployment in 20 years.

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  • Dr Anne Else, Freelance writer; Research Associate, Gender and Women’s Studies, Victoria University
  • Dr Anne Else
    The drive to raise the minimum wage, like paid parental leave, indicates we’ve started to learn that what matters is not just jobs, but sustainable work — and that has to include unpaid work. When I wrote False Economy in 1996, there was little notion of how important this was. Talk of ‘work-life balance’ is commonplace now, even if real change is not. (At a recent seminar, I heard Treasury officials solemnly citing research to prove that having young children impacts on women’s paid work ‘commitment’. Well, yes.)

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  • Darel Hall, Executive Director of the Industry Training Federation
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    We’ve re-learned that high-employment is good for poverty reduction — that high employment per se is a good goal. And we’re becoming better at constructing jobs within a career context so people feel an entry level job actually goes somewhere rather than just being a poorly paid job — that a brighter future for me is possible.

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  • Ian Ritchie, Manawatu
  • Ian Ritchie

    What have ‘we’ learned? That summarising the information in main stream print media is not likely to change anything, merely confirm the dominant, laisse-faire right wing agenda that poverty — even in work is good, and that low-wage employment is totally acceptable.

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

    What we have learned is that good governance is one of the most vital ingredients to the survival of an organisation and the effectiveness of the programmes it delivers.

    Robust evaluation is vital so that programmes can prove positive outcomes and improve delivery.

    Funding streams are too often short term and there is a tendency from funders to throw money at good ideas that are not sustainable.

    Organisations too often get obsessed with the process rather than outcomes and the end game.

    There is insufficient emphasis on benchmarking for quality.

    There is too much competition between organisations and not enough collaboration.

    There is not enough collaboration between government ministries.

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  • Gordon Hudson, Manager of Like Minds Taranaki
  • Gordon Hudson

    There has been little long-term planning for sustained full-time employment — particularly in employment legislation and in tertiary training.

    Much of the current changes in employers’ attitudes to ensuring more flexible working conditions and retaining and retraining experienced staff is at best ad hoc. Better that than nothing happening.

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  • Jenny Brash, Mayor of Porirua City
  • Jenny Brash

    Partnerships between business, economic development agencies, local government and central government are bringing good results both at national, regional and local level. Work & Income Regional Commissioners being given more autonomy and flexibility has enabled innovation and creativity in employment creation areas in partnership with Councils, the community and other key stakeholders. Regional labour market strategic plans also provide for a clear way forward. Key Department of Labour staff working with Ministry of Social Development staff at regional office level is a great step forward in breaking down central government silo thinking. I would like to see Tertiary Education Commission also working closer together with these two key government departments and members of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs and their Councils. Now we have done the planning, let’s all work together to implement them and achieve full employment.

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  • Nicky Hager, Writer
  • These 12 years have been hugely valuable as the population, in spite of much of the leadership, has re-established a consensus in favour of public services and other forms of social support and community building: essentially, a re-legitimisation of democratic government. It is now more legitimate to try to control socially and environmentally destructive activities and to plan and introduce desirable social and environmental policy. As well, some of the consumerist frenzy that followed deregulation seems to have eased.

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  • Paul Callister, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University
  • Paul Callister
    We have learned about the challenges faced by New Zealand in a time of high unemployment. But we have also learned that there are challenges when there is low unemployment. We have to make sure that we don’t lose this knowledge.

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

    What have we learned? It will be hard to tell until, and if, the economy eases to levels similar to what it was 12 years ago. Only then will we know if robust, effective and sustainable changes have been made to the economic and social fundamentals, or whether our former unemployment, poverty and deprivation will return, perhaps at worse levels.

    We think we have learned that it is best to help communities find their own sustainable futures through processes that focus on their assets and cross sector commitment to agreed actions and desired outcomes. This is not easy especially in deprived and ‘over serviced’ communities, but it promises to provide more resilient, caring, and self determining futures than those primarily dependent on outside resources and programmes.

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  • Brigid Ryan, Project Coordinator of the Settling In Project, Family and Community Services, Ministry of Social Development
  • We have learned how to encourage people to work and we have learned to appreciate the skills of our workforce. Visiting the United States and Europe in late 90s clearly illustrated the likelihood of this to me. New Zealand needs to learn now from the experiences of other countries with a workforce that is accelerating in its ageing and its ethnic diversity.

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

    We’ve learned that New Zealand needs to be vigilant about the promotion and protection of employment rights, whether it be accessing the labour market, moving within it or exiting paid employment.

    Despite high levels of employment, disabled people for example, find it very difficult to access decent work.

    Despite the increased female labour force participation, the gender pay gap is still structurally embedded and may even be widening.

    Despite years of workplace policies, media exposure and societal debate, sexual harassment and bullying are too prevalent.

    We have learned that we cannot take equal employment opportunities for granted.

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  • Margaret Crozier, Senior Analyst, Department of Labour
  • Margaret Crozier
    We’ve learned how important the passion and commitment is of people who push for more collaboration and better strategies, who articulate social objectives and build a community vision.

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  • Lindsay Mitchell, Institute for Liberal Values NZ
  • Lindsay Mitchell
    Carrots alone are not effective. This is evidenced by the large drop in numbers drawing the unemployment benefit by people who want to work, and, given an alternative, others will not. The economy of itself will not solve our dependency-driven poverty problem.

    Lessons from the United States welfare reforms should be heeded. They have 60% fewer people on welfare since passing the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Bill, which time-limited welfare. Different measures of poverty show varying results — some up, some down. But the main consideration should be the gain for the next generation, many more of whom are now growing up in working homes.

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  • Parekura Horomia, Minister of Maori Affairs; Associate Minister for Social Development
  • Parakura Horomia
    We have learned that with an increase in work and education, people’s lives change. If it’s a parent, it positively affects their whole whanau. Even with employment and education at high levels, there will always be more to do. We have also learned that to support every member of society, it takes ownership from each and every one of us.

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  • Janfrie Wakim, Child Poverty Action Group
  • We have learned that anti-poverty measures are complicated and need collaborative multi-faceted approaches across sectors. However, political commitment to these understandings is weak and where trialled, have been piecemeal and short-term and under resourced.

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  • Lindsay Jeffs, Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • To address unemployment requires the active participation of the government, private and community sectors. Unemployment cannot be solved by any one sector working alone and cannot be left to market forces.

    To achieve positive employment outcomes there is a necessity to encourage economic development in the provincial regions, not only the main urban centres.

    Strong regional growth in employment comes from incremental improvement in predominantly locally owned businesses rather than a series of one off big projects.

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  • Bob Austin, Pathways Project Officer, Rotorua District Council
  • Dependency on benefits not only disempowers individuals but is also detrimental to their health and well being. The encouragement of the ‘benefit culture’ in the mid to late 80s has seen generational benefit dependency resulting in a lack of role models for teenage young people. It has taken years to roll back this dependency and perception by many ‘working people’ that anyone who has been long-term unemployed does not want work and is not worth employing.

    Many of our young people do not have the basic work habits which were almost instinctive 30 years ago. Moreover, many have related issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, family violence and related mental illness that need to be addressed before they are ready to undertake training or employment.

    Collaboration rather than competition achieves far more for communities.

    Sharing of information and resources enable communities to feel empowered and assist with their development.

    Our economy is increasingly susceptible to world events and the waxing/waning of major economies like United States and China. This in turn reflects on our competitiveness in the export market and the opportunities for growth in employment.

    Full-employment is no longer achievable. However a vision that people of all ages have the opportunity and are encouraged to be in paid work, in training or education or in productive community activities is one which should be achievable.

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  • Yvonne Sharp, Mayor of the Far North District Council
  • Yvonnne Sharp
    I believe that our successes and the still-prevailing challenges portray the key lessons. The former is manifest when all government agencies including local authorities work collaboratively and closely with communities to achieve sustainable economic development. This requires an ongoing commitment to identify and harness opportunities in tune with available resources, plus ensuring that appropriate upskilling is focused on those most in need.

    The challenges include the continuing high incidence of youth featuring in our unemployment statistics. Many of these same youth are at-risk with poor role modelling from both their immediate peers and their unemployed parents or caregivers.

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  • Paul Matheson, Mayor of Nelson; Chairperson of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
  • Paul Matheson

    We have learned that economic growth alone will not provide the quality outcomes we want for all our people. There is now more recognition that we need to start with the local and take local ownership and leadership and devise local solutions. We also know that these local solutions need to be well resourced and given time — a long-term view is needed for real change to occur. Whilst projects and programmes can bring people together and galvanise enthusiasm and action, it is the long-term vision and quality leadership which will drive us to a sustainable future.

    Taking a long-term view will ensure we do have the required skills in our workplaces of the future and that groups such as the young who provide us with enthusiasm, energy and vitality will be assured of their value and seen as an investment; and that the older workforce provides us with knowledge, experience and wisdom which we also need to value. We have learned that our vision for the future must encourage diversity, courage and eccentricity! When central government policy is informed by local information and perspectives the best policy is made.

    We have learned that while controversial and not always successful, risk taking is imperative if we are to find solutions which will last over time and be adaptable to change. We have also learned that even with our current low-unemployment the gap between rich and poor is increasing and needs to be addressed to ensure equity in our society.

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  • Brian Easton, Economist
  • Brian Easton

    The official rate of unemployment is now 3.6%, which under estimates the change, since there has also been a reduction of those not-in-the-labour force. Why has this happened?

    The first reason is that the economy has expanded, creating some 660,000 jobs, or around 45% more than 15 years ago. The second reason is that in the early 1990s the government introduced a more active labour market programme, although many saw this as the stick of forcing people to look for work, to go with the carrot of pay and training.

    We cannot rely on either trend in the future. First, past economic growth has involved low productivity growth and the taking aboard of additional labour. The labour reserves are running out — New Zealand now has high labour force participation by OECD standards, and it appears that the annual hours worked by New Zealanders are among the highest in the OECD (although the data may not be internationally comparable). Future economic growth is going to have to be from greater productivity growth, which means higher skills, more capital, changing workplace practices, and the abandoning low-productivity jobs for high-productivity ones. Labour market programmes need to be more pervasive.

    A second difficulty occurs from the anti-inflation regime. The Reserve Bank has shown it has no ‘target rate’ of unemployment, below which it will try to reduce demand in contrast to the 1990s when a 5% rate seemed to be the target. But can unemployment get so low that the Bank will take action? In fact, the labour market inflationary pressures are not likely to come through a shortage of unskilled labour, which low unemployment indicates, but by a shortage of key skilled labour who push up their wages as employers compete for them. If other workers follow the wage rises then the labour market adds to other rising costs. Higher unemployment among the unskilled is just collateral damage – but very damaging to those concerned.

    Moreover, we cannot rule out that there will be an economic downturn which will slow down economic and jobs growth. Hopefully it will not be a self-induced one as occurred in the 1987-1993 period and, if it is an internationally induced one, it will be short and not too deep — more like the Asian crisis of the late 1990s rather than that of the Great Depression.

    So macroeconomic concerns won’t go away, Even if they did there will still be ‘frictional unemployment’ — workers moving from low-productivity to high-productivity jobs passing through a transitional (and hopefully brief) period of unemployment. But there is likely to remain a core of those who will not easily return to employment. Some will have various limitations, others have got so embedded into the culture of welfare through a long — and often inter-generational — period of unemployment, that it will be difficult to shift them into employment.

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  • Jim Anderton, Progressive Party Leader; Government Minister
  • Jim Anderton
    Judging from the results of the last election, New Zealanders want to stick with the Labour-Progressive coalition government because we get things done.

    People often forget how bad it was when National was last in government — how they froze the minimum wage for two years in a row so that the gap between those who were on benefits and those who were on low wages closed. This Labour-Progressive government has increased the Minimum Wage every single year we’ve been in government so that there is merit in getting a job and improving your financial position.

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

    Have we even started to comprehend work possibilities beyond that which has been with us since Henry Ford production lines? Any change of this nature takes a generation. Many of the issues championed by The Jobs Letter have not been picked up or even considered by those developing public policy.

    We have learned that the power players in the world of work are comfortable and won’t change easily. I sat at the recent Flexible Work Summit reflecting on this as the industry partners squared off and celebrated making minor adjustments at the fringes.

    We have also learned that the great tall poppy machine is alive in well in this land which has created the biggest growth industry in NZ — the risk management mantra that has taken the public service by storm and now moving to the community sector (e.g.the ‘Hip Hop’ fallout).

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  • Wally Stone, Kaikoura
  • Wally Stone
    What have we learned? Unfortunately, not a lot.

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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
    Paul Matheson
    Peter McCardle
    Judy McGregor
    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 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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