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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John Walley bids farewell to NZMEA

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New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Chief Executive John Walley officially retires from his position at the end of March, after 16 years in the role. NZMEA President Tom Thomson presented John with a Life Membership of the Association at a leaving function on Monday night, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, “There is never a good time to leave, but I have other matters that need attention and require me to step down from management responsibilities; giving me more time for my family, other governance roles and other business projects.”

“Leaving early in the election cycle positions the NZMEA well to appoint a new CEO, and give them time to make the role their own and build relationships before the policy debate heats up towards the next election.”

“It has been a privilege to be part of this Association and work alongside so many great business people to improve conditions for manufacturers and exporters.”

“The Association's work is a journey not a destination and I feel confident that the NZMEA Board and Governance, under the leadership of NZMEA President Tom Thomson, will keep the debate and work going well.”

NZMEA President Tom Thomson said, “For a CEO to be around for 16 years speaks for itself, our Board was pleased to make John an Honorary Life Member in recognition of efforts above and beyond what might be expected from a CEO. John leaves with our best wishes for the future and thanks for past efforts.”

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said, “John has been a fearless and incisive commentator on economic policy and a powerful advocate for the exporting and manufacturing sector. It was fortunate that you came to New Zealand for that working holiday all those years ago and never quite made it home. Thank you for staying and striving to make a difference.”



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