DAVID WILSON, DEMOCRATS
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.