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It is interesting what comes in on the tipline.
Cadbury haven’t exactly been quiet about their move to Malaysia and Australia. This blog has known about it for a while, and has been very surprised that the local MPs have not been on it.
The basic details are thus:
Cadbury has moved their bar dies to other parts of the world, including Tasmania and Malaysia. They are allowing some of their top staff to leave the company. They make all the bars now in Australia and import them back, and will progressively wind down production in Dunedin over the next two years.
There are four MPs from Dunedin, three lefties and one from National. All had the opportunity to try to do something to keep the factory there, but they will find it a lot more difficult once the story is all across the papers.
Labour rising star Clare Curran has been an MP for long enough to have built the networks across the city and to know what is going on. As one of the best communication people in Parliament she could have run a very competent campaign to make it look like it was all National’s fault, and that the evil Tories were wrecking Dunedin.
Moving production off shore should be a perfect opportunity for Metiria Turei to go on and on about New Zealand Made and how we need food security, even if she doesn’t exactly endorse Cadbury. Usually the looney fringe have a good handle on stuff like this so it is a bit surprising Metiria’s friends didn’t give her a chance to break the story.
On the National side Michael Woodhouse is in a bugger of a position. He can’t win, as he can’t do a lot about a factory moving overseas. When in government this kind of thing is very difficult to deal with, because the high New Zealand dollar makes it very hard to justify keeping things onshore, and as a representative of a party that believes in free trade he can’t take a popularist approach to try to keep Cadbury’s in Dunedin. Hopefully he is well connected enough to have been given a heads up, so he can have a good message and a good campaign prepared for the weeks of negative publicity.
Dave Clark is a new MP and may be forgive for not having the networks to tell him what was going to happen, but this should be a lesson – he needs to be better connected with business in Dunedin if he wants to be an effective MP. He doesn’t have to like business, he just has to know them.
Meanwhile Cadbury continues with their plans to decamp from Dunedin over the next two years.