More good news: Pasifika employment is up


The number of Pacific people employed increased by 9.6 per cent in the year to September 2015, according to the latest Labour Market Factsheets for Māori and Pacific peoples released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today. Read more »

Remember Labour going apeshit over a 0.1% change in unemployment rate? This is why

Labour went completely off the scale over the unemployment rate, when it moved just 0.1%.

They were obviously expecting it to be much worse, but because Andrew Little’s whole direction for Labour is “jobs, jobs, jobs” they had to run with it.

There weren’t any big bang policy announcements, but Labour leader Andrew Little has come out firing as the party tries to well and truly shake off the demons of last year’s election defeat.

In an impassioned speech to round out Labour’s annual conference in Palmerston North today, Mr Little set out in the broadest possible terms what his party’s priorities will be heading into 2017 – at one point sending his water glass flying off the lectern in the process.

He’s put jobs at the top of his agenda, saying getting more Kiwis into higher skilled, better paid jobs is necessary to build a stronger economy.

The Government needs to do more and to that end, Mr Little says a future Labour government will change the rules so companies promising to create jobs have a better chance of winning government contracts – a rehash of what previous Labour leaders have said they’ll do.    Read more »

The Dhimmi NZ Herald publishes an article offensive to Muslims




Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

You don’t want to make followers of Islam angry NZ Herald, you won’t like them when they are angry, just ask Charlie Hebdo.

This is what happens when you are ignorant of an ideology. The NZ Herald knows that showing a cartoon of Muhammad is breaking Sharia Law with consequences of violence and death so they don’t do it like the submissive Dhimmis they are but like most apologists there is still so much that they still don’t understand about Islam.

They wrote an article about an Italian in New Zealand who lost his job for saying “Hi Darling ” to a woman who turned out to be his manager. As part of the same article they published a list of what you should do to avoid losing your job in New Zealand and included something that is a a major issue for practising Muslims. Can you guess what it was?

Dos and don’ts of on-the-job communication:

• Don’t be too vocal on any job until you’ve proven yourself to be a good worker.

• Don’t use pet names, particularly not for your boss.

• Do smile and extend a handshake.

• Don’t be too forward or too friendly until you have established a more solid working relationship.

• Do keep calm when conversing with your colleagues and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.

  • Corazon Miller A Newspaper

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More good news, salaries on the rise

Despite the opposition talking down the economy…and at the same time finding a new love for dairy it appears other areas of the economy are doing just fine thank you very much.

Salaries appear to have risen by $100 a month on average.

Average pay packages in New Zealand have risen almost $100 per month over the past year, fresh statistics have revealed.

Data by Seek.co.nz showed, average annual salaries for jobs listed on the site had increased 2.3 per cent, or $94 per month after tax, year on year to June 2015.

The national average advertised salary now sits at $74,965.

Seek.co.nz general manager Janet Faulding said the increase had occurred despite slowing economic factors and a reported drop in business confidence.

“It is encouraging to see there has been upwards movement in salaries across the the job advertisements posted [on the site].    Read more »


What about the Fire at Will Clause?


Labour think they have won a major battle by getting the very small number of zero hours contracts employees contracts improved in parliament. This is all well and good because it doesn’t actually have any impact on Labour.

What would have an impact on Labour is them removing the fire at will clause from parliamentary staffers contracts, something that they rail against in anyone in the private sector from having. MPs who don’t like the look of their staffer can fire them without reason, and instantly.   Read more »

National to target “Family hardship”

Listen up folks:  Poverty, that statistical abomination that the opposition uses to guilt us all into thinking we have a quarter of a million kids that go without the essentials of life, is on the outer.  National are not addressing poverty, but they will deal with family hardship.

Prime Minister John Key has announced a review of the ways the Government spends billions on vulnerable families and children ahead of the Budget in May.

A review on what we are spending and retargeting money that isn’t providing a good returns is a good initiative.  It won’t please the left, as they just want “more money”.  As if more money has ever solved anything by itself.

“The Government is looking at ways to help families and children in material hardship,” he said in his Prime Minister’s statement….

“As a first step, the Government will look hard at the billions of dollars already spent on vulnerable families and children to determine how this could be better used.”

Expect some bludgers with manufactured hardship to face some real hardship unless they get off their arses and back to work.   Read more »

Graph of the day (AKA: Labour never stood a chance)



All Vacancies Index Seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100)

Just make a mental note that National have been running the economy since 2009.

Jobs Online monthly report – December 2014

Published: January 2015

Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on the two main internet job boards – SEEK and Trade Me Jobs. The trend series is used as the lead indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.


Online job vacancies grew in December. Online vacancies for skilled jobs grew by 1.1 per cent in December, while all vacancies increased by 0.8 per cent. Read more »

The economy is booming – Labour never stood a chance


We still have to be grateful for Labour declaring all those industry sector crises.  Because they sure ended up fixing everything.

Trade Me analysed more than 56,000 roles listed on its website and said there had been steady job growth since 2013.

After steady growth over the last half of 2013, the number of jobs advertised on Trade Me shot up by 16 percent in 2014. Read more »

Some words of caution for Andrew Little and Labour, but will they listen?

Tony Alexander, in his latest newsletter, has some words of caution for Andrew Little and the Labour party about the path they have embarked on.

Last week I noted that there are some trends which people (businesses I suppose, truth be told) should keep an eye on. These included growing wealth inequality and employers exploiting staff. Perhaps this latter thread is one of the motivating factors behind the new Leader of the Opposition’s announcement that he will set up a two year “Future of Work Commission”. The intention is that this project will examine changes in the way people work via numerous workshops and extensive contact with various groups. The risk is that it ends
up being a grumpy free for all for all and sundry so the first task of the work which Grant Robertson will lead is to tightly define what they wish specifically to focus on and go from there.

Good luck to them because one outcome of the GFC is an altered relationship between employers and employees. But more than that whole new industries and jobs have appeared, there is more casualisation and contracting, and a generation of people have come through the education system and entered the workforce with minimal awareness of what unions can offer them. And that union movement suffers greatly from being associated with exactly that – a politically motivated always Labour-supporting “movement” rather than true representation of employee concerns.

These are early days for the re-elected National government and early days for the latest Labour Party leader, so the thrust of changes in the employee-employer relationship for the next three years is still likely to be in the direction of further empowering the former. But employers should keep an eye on the building undercurrent of discontent among the working poor in particular, what the Aussies call the “battlers”, and where possible seek input into the new Commission.

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How about that manufacturing crisis?

Remember the manufacturing crisis that the Labour party and assorted other opposition parties promulgated?

You know that the sector that was in total decay and was going to fail dooming us to a life of low wage servitude and indentured labour?

Yeah…that crisis…remember?

Manufacturers are flat out and are crying out for more workers, with a survey showing employment activity at record levels.

The latest BNZ- Business NZ Performance of Manufacturing Index showed the sector was expanding at its fastest pace this year in October.

The seasonally adjusted PMI for October was 59.3, up 0.8 on September. An index above 50 indicates the sector is growing and below 50 it is shrinking.

The PMI employment index hit 57.5 points in October, the highest level on record since the survey began in 2002.

BNZ senior economist Doug Steel said the labour market was getting stronger with annual employment growth of 3.2 per cent and the unemployment rate falling in the year to September.

“Today’s PMI results suggest more improvement is likely in the final quarter of 2014.”   Read more »