David Thompson Posted:
So very, very true. It beggars belief that we consider ourselves to be a developed nation when so much of our economy is based on selling milk powder or logs. BTW, I own a Plinius amplifier (my second) that drives a set of Theophany speakers.
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David Thompson Posted:
A robust but sobering report. It concerns me that confidence is rising, yet sales and exports are down and "manufacturers and exporters are still lagging behind other sectors". Surely we should wait until we're earning more money before we start spending more?
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siemens Posted:
Yes true! The only thing that will never die in this world is the nature and its science behind it. Great post.
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Kieran Ormandy Posted:
Thanks for the question Steven, Germany has seen increases in manufacturing employment since 2009, and Switzerland has had stable manufacturing employment between 2006 – 2011, even in the face of ongoing Euro-zone issues. Korea has seen increases in manufacturing employment since 2008 and Israel experienced large increases since 1998, while being stable over the last 4 years. Singapore has had increases in manufacturing employment over the last two years. These countries all value their manufacturing sectors and work to protect them, this is reflected in the above numbers and their performance through the GFC. Note data around the above examples was sourced from OECD labour market stats.
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John Walley Posted:
Point one: you should have no doubt what our Association says publically represent the views of our members. Point two: we don’t knee jerk responses, if you trace back our comments around NZPower you will see them link all the way back to our research in 2004 and 2005. All that material is fully linked from our comments above. Point three: you will note our comments on major users, sadly the same advantage does not accrue to smaller industrial users. The perverse incentives of the LRMC approach in all this are well known. Point four: the NZMEA is not like any other Association in New Zealand we admit only manufacturers and exporters into membership, and our public expressions are the views of that restricted membership.
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We are pleased to support Wiki New Zealand. We are sponsoring the specific areas of manufacturing, exporting and exchange rates; to assist their work and help them provide more information on these areas. Many numbers are thrown around with the traditional lies, damn lies and statistics characterisation; hopefully Wiki New Zealand will help support a better grounded debate.

What does Wiki New Zealand do?

Wiki New Zealand is a charity who provide free of charge, unbiased information and statistics about New Zealand, with the aim of making it normal to know your country.

They present the information through graphs, info graphics and thematic maps, covering topics such as society, economy and environment, all of which are broken up into numerous sub sections. This involves having a small staff which work to create content, led by Lillian Grace, who previously worked for the New Zealand Institute think-tank. They also offer the ability for external people to contribute information, which goes through an audit process before being posted on their website.

Why do they do this?

Perhaps the most important aim is to help New Zealanders understand more about their own country; a view we very much endorse. We generally make mistakes about the things we know to be true that are, in fact, not true; it is better to have an informed and impartial source of information that can check our preconceptions. Much of the data available is not easy to find or straightforward in its presentation for the general public. Wiki New Zealand will help make information accessible for all.

It is immensely important that there is a place where people can find easy to understand, trustworthy data. The nature of statistics means they can be easily portrayed or presented in a particular way to support a particular point of view. Equally not knowing the relevant facts around an issue can make for poor judgement and decision making.

We encourage everyone to go to the Wiki New Zealand website regularly and look though the information available.

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