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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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  • Dave Owens, Taranaki, Editor of The Jobs Letter, Trustee of the Jobs Research Trust

    Dave Owens

    What have we achieved?

    With unemployment at 3.6%, many of us are patting ourselves on the back, especially when we compare ourselves to other countries. But I wonder if we’re just best of a bad bunch? When I started working in the community sector (like Rodger, in a Work Skills Development Programme) in 1983, unemployment was 2% —and that was considered crisis level. People were genuinely concerned that a group of New Zealanders were being left out and there was a sense of urgency because as a community we believed that all people deserved the means to earn a living and be included. People were also able to raise a family and buy a house on one income. Where has that New Zealand gone? Has it been our intention to let these things go?

    One explanation is that the 1980s and 90s economic reforms have left us with a monetarist slewing of public policy. Modern ‘Centre-Left’ political arguments in New Zealand are far more market-oriented (rather than people-centred) than ‘Centre-Right’ arguments were in the 1980s. An expressive example of this is the way successive governments have opted to support the community sector through tender processes that pits community groups against each other and against the private sector and creates accountability requirements that distract community workers from their purpose. Over the years, many dedicated community workers have left the sector because they can longer find no room there to express their values.

    What have we learned?

    We’ve learned that more jobs is not the magic bullet we imagined it would be. Poverty is increasing at a time of high economic and job growth. Our policies aren’t providing a pathway out of poverty. We’ve learned that we haven’t got it right. The UK has reduced child poverty over the last decade. They have achieved this by including all children in poverty reduction policy. We can do that without cementing in benefit dependency.

    We’ve also witnessed, over the years, the social welfare system creating its own industry that includes a workforce of thousands, if not tens of thousands of people in the public, community and private sectors. The sad fact is that the drive of this poverty industry is to manage people in poverty — not lift them out of it. This very costly management approach to welfare essentially farms clients rather than dealing to the systemic causes of poverty. Perhaps this poverty industry is where ‘benefit dependency’ is originating from …

    The main issues for the future?

    Children. It is inexcusable that one-third of New Zealand children are growing-up in poverty. The cost of this systemic negligence will haunt not only those individuals but also our communities through greater and greater welfare dependency, health problems and criminality. We need to focus on the well-being of every child and strive to see they all are fed and secure in their home. This means better supporting parents and families with resources that help them provide the best possible environment for their children to live, grow and thrive in. Children should be our No 1 priority.

    Economic Sustainability — Not Endless Growth. Our governments have been chanting the mantra of ‘high economic growth’ for the last two decades. Let’s get over it. Every organism finally has to stop growing and our economy will stop growing, as will the world economy. We need to plan and prepare for nil growth — even negative growth — because this will be an overwhelming feature as the world’s resources fail to support demands of six billion people.

    The Elephant in the Room. We are gradually exhausting the earth’s resources — and the first up will be the loss of easily available and cheap petroleum. Endlessly rising oil prices will re-configure the world economy, including ours. We need to be prepared for this with useful policies so we aren’t caught out by this inevitable eventuality.

    We need to take into our hearts as citizens that the welfare of our neighbours — including all the people, animals, plants and natural systems with which we share the earth — are, in the end, as important and interlinked with us as are our own families and friends.

      What would New Zealand look like if no one was unemployed?
      What would New Zealand be like if there was no poverty?
      What would the world look like if every person could depend on having adequate food, water, everyday?
      What if every human being had basic housing, health services, education and work?

    And finally ...

    It’s been a privilege to provide The Jobs Letter to you. We have often described our editorship as standing in a river of information and pulling out the pieces that we thought would help people do their work better.

    We at the Jobs Research Trust haven’t worked ourselves out of a job. We aren’t closing The Jobs Letter because unemployment has been solved: it hasn’t. We are stepping back and having another look at how we can best make our next contribution.

    — Dave Owens

  • Rodger Smith, Auckland, Trustee of the Jobs Research Trust Rodger Smith

    WSDP – Work Skills Development Programme. I’m wondering if the name rings a bell with any readers — and jog the memory about the numerous schemes that have come and gone over the years as a response to unemployment. I mention this one not only because it was the first scheme I was involved with, but what I remember it offering to the young people who attended.

    The work ‘skills’ were initially the traditional community gardening, lawn mowing, home care type projects. But I’m pleased the one I was involved with became one of the first of such schemes, in conjunction with the unions and a local manufacturing company, to offer welding training as a prior entry into an apprenticeship.

    Over the years this emphasis on skill development has rightly increased, but I wonder if it has been at the detriment to the other component we offered the young people at that time — good sensible social support. Whether it was with problems with drugs, sex education, or with parents, we tried to stand alongside them as they struggled through issues that often impacted heavily on their ability and attitude to find their place as young adults.

    I’ve not worked in this area for many years but I wonder if in the current world of ‘silo’ government initiatives, young unemployed people are regarded now just as ‘output’ targets. It’s great that our unemployment rate is lower. But has our ‘inclusion rate’ of young people in our society also lowered?

    On a more positive note, as a ‘non-working‘ trustee of the Jobs Research Trust, I have valued the opportunity for the past eight years to have supported vivian and Dave in their work as editors of The Jobs Letter. I admire their skill in regularly distilling from the huge quantity of information that poured past them, the key stories and news that has kept me abreast of the issues … and in turn allowed me to keep asking the questions in the circles of limited influence I have. I trust that this has also has been your experience and you join me in acknowledging their commitment to this task.

    — Rodger Smith

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    Trustees of the Jobs Research Trust in the New Plymouth "garage".
    Rodger Smith, vivian Hutchinson, Dave Owens, and Jo Howard (seated).

  • vivian Hutchinson, Taranaki, Founding Editor of The Jobs Letter, Trustee of The Jobs Research Trust

    Vivian Hutchinson

    The Jobs Letter has been an ambitious community media project that has sought to become part of the regular media diet of people active on employment and poverty issues. In an Information Age when we are literally ‘drowning” in data, our publication and website was the first to really explore the challenge of getting essential information out to a wide range of students, thinkers, activists, public servants and decision-makers who want to make a difference on livelihood issues in this country.

    In setting up The Jobs Letter, we were inspired by the English social entrepreneur Florence Nightingale who spent the last 50 years of her life writing letters to people from across the political spectrum who could make a difference to public health. From Florence, we learned the philosophy that our job would be “… not to tell people what to think, but to give them the tools to think with.”

    As you can see from the contributions to this special issue, The Jobs Letter has indeed reached across New Zealand’s political spectrum, and has helped inform a wider community debate on the future of work and welfare in this country.

    As the contributions for this special final issue rolled into our office over the past couple of weeks, it has been humbling to read the comments and tributes from such a wide variety of fellow New Zealanders who have been regular readers of our work.

    Thank you all so much for your thoughts and for your best wishes in our work ahead.

  • I suppose the most common question I have been asked in recent months is: What are you going to do next?

    We haven’t closed The Jobs Letter because New Zealand has solved unemployment and poverty. Just a brief look at this special report is enough to show that there is going to be just as much work ahead to address these issues in the next twelve years. So of course our work isn’t remotely finished yet …

    But we are stopping our particular small contribution so that we can create a space for ourselves for a different sort of inquiry.

    The Jobs Research Trust is a fairly small community group, led by volunteers ... and we have limits on what we can contribute. But not only have we defined the mission of our Trust as one of “giving people the tools to think with” … we have also always seen one of our contributions as opening up the ‘thinking space’ to explore some fresh ideas.

    Over the last couple of years, the conversations at our Trust Board have been focussing on some troubling issues. We have been concerned about the state of community groups and citizenship action in the social development field … and we have been concerned about wider issues of capacity in New Zealand’s voluntary and community sector.

    We have also been re-assessing our own place in this work … both as active citizens, and as a community group.

    So for the last year, our trustees has been in dialogue about exploring a different future. This conversation has seen us dig beneath many strategic questions ... some of which have included:

      What would it take to reinvent citizen engagement in an age of retail politics?
      What would it take to reinvent community groups in an age of contracted social services?
      What would it take to reinvent the welfare state in an age of the poverty industry?
      What would it take to reinvent environmentalism in an age of global climate change?

    This has been a juicy inquiry … we have been challenging ourselves to look anew at the very idea of community groups. And we have been asking ourselves what it would look like if community groups were ...
      — self funding
      — self organising
      — focused on questions and inquiry
      — focused on positively imagining the future
      — focused on Big Pictures and on systemic and sustainable change
      — fostering long-term thinking
      — fostering social entrepreneurship and exploring innovations
      — capacity-building at the level of each individual citizen
      — taking advantage of the new networking technologies
    We haven’t come up with any big solutions yet ... our inquiry is still a work-in-progress.

    We have however started to explore a new prototype of community group which we are calling ChangeMakers. These are envisaged as groups of ‘active citizens’ who are working on a variety of social, economic and environmental projects, and who are joining together around a simple organising strategy of ‘5-10-5-10’.
    5 - spend 5% of your income directly supporting citizenship action that inspires you
    10 - do ten actions in the next year on your personal passion in citizenship action
    5 - spend 5% of your time on active citizenship tasks
    10 - join with ten other people to create a learning community to support each other’s work for change

  • Over the last 12 years, we have reviewed and recommended many new books and reports in the pages of The Jobs Letter.

    I think one that stands out most for me during this time has been Natural Capitalism by the American environmental activist and social entrepreneur Paul Hawken (with Hunter and Amory Lovins). It is a book that elegantly brings together many of the threads of how we can work towards economic, social and environmental sustainability in our communities.

    Paul Hawken has visited New Zealand several times, and his ideas have had a deep impact on thinkers in many areas of our corporate, government and community life. It was perhaps no coincidence that when we started the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs in 2000, the core group of Mayors met and discussed ideas and strategies with Hawken when he was speaking at the Redesigning Resources conference in Christchurch.

    Next year Paul Hawken is due to release a film and publish a new book called Blessed Unrest. In the book, he argues that we are seeing the beginning of a new type of movement for civil society — a movement composed of hundreds of thousands of community and not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs. Hawken’s Natural Capital Institute has done research which shows that millions of people with shared sets of values are involved in countless organisations that address social justice, ecological sustainability and indigenous rights in the broadest sense of those terms.

    Hawken believes that these movements for change are morphing, unknowingly, into the world’s largest social movement … something which he describes as “… humanity’s immune response to political corruption, economic disease, and ecological degradation.” None of us can yet say how big it is ... because it is a movement that doesn’t yet fully know that it is a movement.

    Perhaps our own ‘call to dialogue’ within The Jobs Research Trust has been our contribution to how the ‘immune system’ of New Zealand’s voluntary and community sector is seeking to renew itself.

    We certainly hope that our plans for ChangeMaker groups will enable us to grow the active citizenship that we know will be needed in so many social development and environmental areas in the years ahead.

    It is all early days yet, and ... as they say, watch this space. Or better still ... come and join the conversation, and re-discover your own opportunities to act for change.

    All the very best ahead …

    — vivian Hutchinson

  • Jo Howard, Taupo, Trustee of The Jobs Research Trust

    Jo Howard

    It seems an age ago that vivian, Ian Ritchie and I sat round the fire at the Tauhara Centre and decided that our contribution to getting employment issues back on the political agenda would be to start a news letter.

    As improbable clones of Florence Nightingale we would not express our own opinions but provide relevant digestible information in the hope that people would make up their own minds how best to solve constructively the problems of unemployment.

    While there is still much to do on employment issues particularly on research on the future of work which may have alleviated the current skill shortages, we feel The Jobs Letter has to an extent achieved what it set out to do. So what next?

    The low percentage of votes cast in recent elections reflects the feeling of many citizens that their vote does not really count. Many feel there is a widening gap between those exercising political governance and themselves. Community groups in particular which not so long ago were self funding and independent are now contractors to the government. In return for funding they are required to be accountable. This is reasonable enough but how and for what they are accountable is the problem. Loaded with ‘targets’ and ‘measurable out-comes’ with the consultation process often reduced to a public relations exercise, community groups often feel they have lost their independence and sadly sometimes their energy and drive.

    When asked “Why do you suppose it is so difficult to create a real citizens movement as a proper counter-weight to the US Administration’s power?”, Noam Chomsky replied: “The question is much too important for a brief answer. The level of action is high, probably higher than the 1960s — but it is diffuse and not well integrated. An ideal of social control is an atomised collection of individuals focused on their own concerns, lacking the kinds of organizations in which they can gain information and articulate their thoughts, and act constructively to achieve common ends. By many familiar mechanisms that ideal has been approached in dangerous but not reversible ways.”

    Can we do better? The Athenians based their first experiment in democracy on a Citizens Forum, an open space where citizens expressed their own views and, above all, listened to others. Our climate, not being quite as benign as in Greece, a physical open space may not often serve the purpose so well but we have one great advantage they did not have — modern communication systems and particularly the internet. Why not start our own version of a Citizens Forum? Could be exciting.

    — Jo Howard


    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
    Lindsay Mitchell
    Garry Moore
    Sandi Morrison
    Dave Owens
    Ian Ritchie
    Brigid Ryan
    Ron Sharp
    Yvonne Sharpe
    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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