Jim and his "Jobs Machine"

More like "Jobs Massacre"

I wouldn’t be too keen on letting Jim Anderton trumpet my successes based on the following.

Jim Anderton and his jobs machine need a complete overhaul….it seems that anything trumpted as a great effort by Jimmy A as a result of his jobs machine goes tits up or slashes staff….

Here is the run down so far that I have been bothered to research.

Sovreign Yachts

Andertons version: "A super-yacht development in West Auckland announced in late January will deliver up to four hundred new jobs within two years, and up to six hundred million dollars of new export earnings over five years." Linked Article

Reality:  1 boat produced, nine and a half million dollars of taxpayer money wasted "My most recent advice on Sovereign Yachts was that it has provided something like 60 to 70 direct jobs and contract jobs." Linked Article

Jacks Links

Andertons version: They wanted to open a factory making beef jerky.

They saw we had good cattle, but they needed land close to the airport and skilled workers.

Some government officials went to work and found a place in Auckland.

We said to the company, if we train workers on the dole and give them skills, will you employ them?

They did.

We took two hundred people off the dole.

Some of them had been there for ten years.

They got good jobs in the Jack Links factory.

Imagine how different this Christmas will be in the homes of those workers, compared to the last ten Christmases.

Imagine what Christmas dinner will look like.

Imagine the hope the kids of those workers now have.

Linked Article 

Reality: Imagine indeed….I bet they were imagining they would still have their jobs but yesterday found out that  they have lost 102 of their number.

De’Amalfi Survival Ltd

Andertons Version: "It is a privilege and a pleasure for me to be able to meet with innovative business people like David. His prototype helmet may eventually save lives and be a sought after commodity for export. Both have got to be good for New Zealand,"

Linked Article

Real Version: Tits up and liquidated.

Worldwide Womens Network Limited

Andertons version: "received $7,700, to begin work on a seven part international documentary for the International Year of Women in 2003. By the time they complete the project they expect to hire about 100 people and provide a springboard for other film projects."

Reality: Struck off 15 March 2005

Monsta Trikes Aotearoa Ltd

Andertons Version: Granted $3,000 to assist with the development of motorised trikes.

Reality: Struck Off 17 December 2003

Expert Escapes Limited

Andertons Version: Granted $1,407 to assist with market research.

Struck Off 29 March 2003 

Nautic Marine Design Limited

Andertons Version: Granted $1,688 to assist market development.

Reality: In Liquidation 16 August 2004 Dividend expected to be <= 20c in $

All Star Events Limited

Andertons Version: Granted $10,000 to assist the development of the "Jiggernaut" craft project.

Reality: Struck Off 15 March 2005

Waitaki Biosciences International Limited

Andertons Version: Granted $4,264 to assist a feasibility study.

Reality: Clearly not that feasible…struck off 1 November 2005 

I could have gone on and on and on and I have only checked for grants made in 2000 and 2001.

I really don’t know what else to say other than this is clearly and demonstrably a complete waste of our time and money.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.