REFUGEE QUO­TAS

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

If and when our coun­try dou­bles its refugee in­take quota, let’s hope warm-hearted rich phi­lan­thropists will pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for refugee fam­i­lies in their spare cars.

John C. Ross Palmer­ston North

EM­PLOY­MENT INI­TIA­TIVES

The re­cently an­nounced im­prove­ment in the re­gion’s un­em­ploy­ment and job seeker sta­tis­tics is en­cour­ag­ing, but we still have some way to go to get our un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures down to an ac­cept­able level.

Many eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives will be fur­ther de­vel­oped in 2016. Th­ese will en­sure the hard work con­tin­ues which will en­able us to meet the huge chal­lenge to pro­vide work and train­ing for peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly our young peo­ple, in Palmer­ston North and the Manawatu re­gion.

Palmer­ston North, as the lead city in the re­gion, is well po­si­tioned with it’s ed­u­ca­tional and busi­ness base to sup­port ini­tia­tives such as the Sort It Em­ploy­ment Expo sched­uled again for May.

The Re­gional Growth Study, es­tab­lish­ment of the new eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agency, Maori Sci­ence Academy at Massey, Food HQ and the strength­en­ing of busi­ness clus­ters, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment of a health providers clus­ter, are some ex­am­ples of pri­or­ity ar­eas that will play a role in get­ting peo­ple into work here.

Th­ese ini­tia­tives, and there are oth­ers, need to be sup­ported by our ter­tiary, civic and busi­ness lead­ers.

Noth­ing would do more than hav­ing full em­ploy­ment to re­duce crime, sui­cide rates and im­prove the healthy well­be­ing of our fam­i­lies in our city and re­gion. That is why em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tives be­ing in­tro­duced by govern­ment, city coun­cil and district coun­cil are wor­thy of com­mu­nity sup­port as we strive to re­duce our un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures fur­ther.

Adrian Broad Palmer­ston North HAVE YOUR SAY The Tribune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Pref­er­ence is given to let­ters ex­clu­sive to The Tribune. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tribune@msl.co.nz or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

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