Jobs for Ki­wis

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I read the com­ments by both Miles Lacey and Don Bor­rie in the most re­cent Kapi-Mana News.

One point they both make is the lack of hous­ing, es­pe­cially for those liv­ing in poverty. I too lament the demise of good, avail­able state hous­ing.

How­ever, I be­lieve what th­ese peo­ple need is not hand outs but jobs.

I despair each time I learn that yet another New Zealand company is mov­ing its man­u­fac­tur­ing off­shore. That means loss of jobs here.

Jobs give peo­ple pride and self­es­teem. Jobs pro­vide peo­ple with an in­come. Jobs help peo­ple to feel use­ful and gives them a pur­pose in life. Jobs keep peo­ple busy and out of mis­chief.

I would like to see gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance to help man­u­fac­tur­ers keep their op­er­a­tions run­ning in New Zealand. From our large cor­po­rates to small busi­nesses, there is too much fo­cus and em­pha­sis on profit and not enough on peo­ple.

Un­em­ploy­ment is one of the big­gest is­sues in our coun­try, and the great­est contributor to poverty. Where pos­si­ble, let’s buy New Zealand made and keep Ki­wis in jobs.

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