DAVID WILSON, DEMOCRATS

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MATT KING, NA­TIONAL

North­land’s growth rate was sec­ond only to Nel­son in the last quar­ter which rep­re­sents a record for us in the North. Un­em­ploy­ment is at an all time low as the econ­omy un­der Na­tional is cre­at­ing over 10,000 jobs per month. Yes our un­em­ploy­ment rate is higher than the na­tional av­er­age but it is track­ing down. We cur­rently have an av­er­age of 1600 peo­ple per week com­ing off the ben­e­fit and into work around NZ.

We have more peo­ple in work as a per­cent­age of the to­tal work force 67.7 per cent - than any other OECD coun­try. Of those work­ing, 81 per cent of them are in full time work which is classed as 30 hours or more a week.

North­land is in the midst of a con­struc­tion boom and em­ploy­ers are cry­ing out for work­ers. If you want a job in North­land there is a job for you. I will seek to main­tain our eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment by en­sur­ing con­tin­ued govern­ment ex­pen­di­ture in core in­fra­struc­ture; roads, bridges, schools, hos­pi­tals and broad­band. There is no five minute fix for em­ploy­ment in North­land. Hav­ing been starved of fund­ing to fix our in­fra­struc­ture we are now in dire straits and have the high­est un­em­ploy­ment in NZ.

Af­ter decades of be­ing ig­nored by the Govern­ment we now have the worst roads in NZ; an al­most un­us­able rail sys­tem and North­port held to ran­som for the lack of a rail con­nec­tion. We have un­re­li­able com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems, run­down health and ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems and a lack of af­ford­able hous­ing.

Coun­cils are asked to do more from govern­ment with­out re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary fund­ing, re­sult­ing in in­creased rates. Tourism can’t flour­ish with­out ad­dress­ing th­ese is­sues.

Money or credit comes into be­ing by the flour­ish of a pen by banks, in­clud­ing our own Re­serve Bank. We would make our Re­serve Bank credit avail­able to fix our in­fra­struc­ture and in­dus­try, which in turn cre­ates full em­ploy­ment.

WIN­STON PETERS, NZ FIRST

Jobs will be cre­ated through the de­vel­op­ment of

North­land’s econ­omy. We will work to re­vi­talise

North­land. We will en­cour­age added value, in­stead of the ex­port of raw prod­ucts, in all ar­eas, in­clud­ing forestry, dairy­ing and ma­rine re­sources.

For North­land’s forestry in­dus­try we will en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply for do­mes­tic and ex­port in­dus­tries en­sur­ing jobs are kept here and they in­crease in num­bers. We are com­mit­ted to re­form­ing the Re­serve Bank Act so there are tools to deal with the over­val­ued dol­lar, which will make North­land’s ex­port in­dus­try more com­pet­i­tive.

We will re­turn the GST paid by in­ter­na­tional tourists in North­land for tourism in­fra­struc­ture and roads, and to stim­u­late job op­por­tu­ni­ties. We will pri­ori­tise mod­ern IT ac­cess, and sup­port busi­nesses with a tax regime that en­ables them to pay bet­ter wages, with a min­i­mum wage of $20. There will be enor­mous flow-on ef­fects when we move the Port of Auck­land to North­port.

WILLOWJEAN PRIME, LABOUR

I want ev­ery young North­lander to have as­pi­ra­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties. North­land has one of the high­est rates of youth un­em­ploy­ment. Our young peo­ple have so much po­ten­tial and North­land is full of op­por­tu­nity. Labour has a com­pre­hen­sive plan to help our young peo­ple into ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing or em­ploy­ment in­clud­ing:

School Leavers’ Tool­kit, equip­ping ev­ery stu­dent with vi­tal life skills in­clud­ing, a driv­ers li­cence; key work­place com­pe­ten­cies; fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and bud­get­ing skills; pro­fes­sional per­son­alised ca­reer ad­vice be­fore leav­ing high school. Three-Years Free pol­icy, pro­vid­ing up to three years free for univer­sity or polytech­nic study, in­dus­try train­ing and ap­pren­tice­ships. A Ready for Work scheme, pro­vid­ing youth with six months on-the- job train­ing and the skills they need to be work-ready. The Dole for Ap­pren­tice­ship scheme, of­fer­ing em­ploy­ers will­ing to train an ap­pren­tice the equiv­a­lent of the un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit.

ME­LANIE TAY­LOR, CON­SER­VA­TIVE

The Con­ser­va­tive Party would in­tro­duce trade train­ing in schools, and rein­tro­duce ap­pren­tice­ships. Ap­pren­tice­ships: Re­sourc­ing and en­cour­ag­ing more trades­peo­ple to take on ap­pren­tices and pro­vide Govern­ment funded trade pro­grammes. There is a sig­nif­i­cant need for more trades­peo­ple in this coun­try and we are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that the Govern­ment gives proper re­gard to ap­pren­tice­ships and pro­vides nec­es­sary in­cen­tives to meet cur­rent short­ages.

This would also pro­vide many young NZers with lu­cra­tive em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties into the fu­ture.

Trades: Stream stu­dents early so those best suited for trades are val­ued and fed into trade train­ing schools. Th­ese schools would sup­ply more prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and link maths, english and science to those trades. Stu­dents would grad­u­ate with ba­sic tool skills, health and safety, and the the­ory com­po­nent of their cho­sen trade semi-com­pleted be­fore en­ter­ing the work­force.

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