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
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.
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