More good news

Another Labour crisis – that isn’t.

The Herald reports on the latest migration figures.

New Zealand migration rose to an 11-year high in March, the second-highest gain on record, as fewer kiwis left for Australia.

The country gained a seasonally adjusted 3,800 net new migrants in March, the most since February 2003, said Statistics New Zealand. A net 400 people left for Australia in March, down from 600 in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures.

In the year through March, New Zealand gained a net 31,900 migrants, a 10-year high, as 98,000 people arrived while 66,100 departed. That’s more than 12 times the 2,500 annual net migration gain in the year through March 2013 and compares with an average net gain of 11,700 migrants over the past 20 years. ¬† Read more »

Oh dear, how sad, never mind: Ratbag Rapist runs off road and dies

A rapist got what was coming to him. You won’t find me shedding a river of tears for this ratbag.

A motorcyclist killed after hitting a bridge in North Canterbury has been identified as a convicted rapist.

Donald Clifford McMillan, 53, of Rangiora died after hitting the side of the Glentui Bridge near Oxford.

A passerby called emergency services after coming across the crash on Ashley Gorge Rd about 9.15pm on March 6.

It appeared McMillan failed to negotiate a bend and struck the side of the bridge while riding his Harley Davidson. He died at the scene.¬† Read more »

More good news, regions are growing

It just keeps on rolling in, much to the chagrin of the lefty blogs and opposition politicians.

All but one region posted a lift in economic activity in the last three months of 2013, with Auckland falling backwards by the barest of margins, an ANZ Bank report shows.

The economy is getting a boost with higher business and consumer confidence, a better job market and a lift in consumer spending.

And economic growth has been speeding up across most regions, especially around the main cities, in the past year.

In the December quarter though, the West Coast and Northland shared top spot in the quarterly growth stakes, increasing 2.4 per cent.¬† Read more »

More good news, unemployment hits 3 year low

The opposition just can’t catch a trick at the moment…the government says economic growth is the way to to prosperity and out of unemployment, the oppositions says where are the jobs.

Then the economy grows and the jobs come on line and unemployment drops. Pretty soon we will hear from someone like Darien Fenton moaning that the jobs people are getting aren’t “quality” jobs.

Paul McBeth at BusinessDesk reports:

New Zealand’s unemployment rate fell to a three-year low in the fourth quarter of 2013 as jobs growth beat expectations, led by gains in the retail, accommodation and hospitality sectors.

The unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31, in line with the forecast by a Reuters survey of economists, and down from 6.2 percent in the September quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand’s household labour force survey. That’s the lowest jobless rate since June 2009.

Employment rose 1.1 percent in the quarter, beating the 0.5 percent pace of growth forecast, led by gains in retail, accommodation and food services, construction, and professional scientific, technical, administration and support services. Employment grew 3 percent on an annual basis. ¬† Read more »

Service Sector Booming

The good economic news continues to come, this time in the service sector.

New Zealand’s services sector, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the economy, accelerated to a record for a September month, led by new orders/business.

The¬†BNZ-BusinessNZ performance of services index¬†rose 2.3 points to 55.6 in September, the highest for that month since the survey began in 2007. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in activity.¬† Read more »

Bogan Darwinism

The bogans of Christchurch are trying to rub each other out. Should we stop them?

A street fight, a back-country car chase, a gun and a hit-and-run.

What sounds like a script for The Fast and the Furious played out on a rural north Canterbury road when rival Christchurch boy racers clashed at the weekend.

Police said the incident, in the early hours of Sunday, culminated in two teenagers – and their car – being rammed by a four-wheel-drive on the side of a road near Rangiora.

The 19-year-olds, who were standing beside their car when they were struck, were admitted to hospital with cuts, bruises and grazes.¬† Read more »

Let the dog squad do some training in these ferals

Seriously, I believe it is a valid option, and the dog squad needs some training.

Police say they may “go and say hello” to boy racers planning a protest outside the Christchurch central police station tonight.

The protest has been organised through a boy racer Facebook page, which features photos of T-shirts with the letters FTP on the back.

It invites members to the “peaceful park-up” outside the St Asaph St station at 11pm.

The idea is “to show that we will not tolerate the misapropriation (sic) of police powers and their complete misconduct towards boyracers and those of us out to have a goodtime [sic],” the page administrator wrote.¬† Read more »

I wonder what the unemployment rate is in Christchurch?

Things appear to be looking up in Christchurch…businesses are reporting that there is no one to fill vacancies for jobs:

Some of Christchurch’s biggest employers are calling for more unskilled immigrants to be allowed into New Zealand to fill job vacancies.

While the city calls for tradesmen, engineers and management-level workers as the rebuild gets into full swing, some businesses say there is a similar need for those willing to do low-paid, unskilled work.

Trish Paterson, recruitment manager for Christchurch-based employment agency Ryan Recruitment, said many local companies were struggling to fill positions that required no qualifications or skills that can be learned on the job.

“It’s not so much that [jobs] are not available, but in a lot of cases they are paying minimum wage and there are other employers paying more, even if it is only 50c per hour, people will move jobs for that,” she said.

The company was even struggling to find people to stand with Stop/Go signs to manage traffic at road works.

Employers needed to adjust their expectations, she said.

“The old attitude ‘if they want the job they have to fit in with us’ is now unrealistic.

“Quite often it is about thinking outside the square . . . taking a more lateral approach and sourcing people that can be trained to do the job, perhaps people they would not have considered in the past.”

Most importantly, Paterson believed, Christchurch needed to bring in more immigrants.

Right so it appears that there are no unemployed at all left in Christchurch…I wonder what the stats say?¬† Read more »

Global Warming delivers a White Holiday to the South

How about that global warming treating you down south?

Unseasonable snow has joined the wild and wet weather chaos in many parts of New Zealand, particularly the South Island, with holidaymakers stranded and key services knocked out.

Several days of heavy rain compounded yesterday, with the West Coast and Fiordland bearing the brunt of the storm.

In central Otago this morning, an operation is underway to get people out of the Lindis Pass after a heavy snow fall.

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Better than buggering little boys

Good grief…first word problems people, first world problems, still at least whining about insider trading in the Anglican Church is better than buggering little boys in the Catholic Church, so things are improving.

A British MP has raised the prospect of insider trading in the Church of England after a last-minute flurry of bets with bookmakers on Justin Welby becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury.

A string of bookmakers stopped taking money on the Bishop of Durham to succeed Dr Rowan Williams earlier this week after a sudden run of money on the favourite even before media reports that the decision was imminent.