Manufacturing a Crisis, Ctd

The Greens and Labour along with their lickspittles in the blogosphere and their flunkies in the unions like to pull numbers out of their arses as they talk down New Zealand manufacturing.

They don’t appear to have looked at the Department of Statistics quarterly report on Manufacturing which says:

Sales (seasonally adjusted) for the June 2012 quarter compared with the March 2012 quarter.


  • Total manufacturing rose 0.3 percent.
  • Excluding meat and dairy product manufacturing, sales rose 0.5 percent.
  • Meat and dairy product manufacturing rose 1.8 percent.
  • Transport equipment; machinery and equipment manufacturing rose 4.7 percent.
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing fell 9.0 percent.


  • Total manufacturing fell 1.1 percent.
  • Excluding meat and dairy product manufacturing, sales were relatively unchanged.
  • Meat and dairy product manufacturing fell 3.1 percent.
  • Transport equipment; machinery and equipment manufacturing rose 5.9 percent.
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing fell 8.2 percent.

Graph, Total manufacturing sales, current and constant dollars, quarterly, June 2005 to June 2012 quarters.

This hardly looks like the crisis they are all talking about. In fact I would have thought the Greens in particular would have been ecstatic about the petroleum and coal manufacturing statistics.

Which raises another question…if manufacturing jobs are the be all and end all that requires the total focus of the combined opposition then why are they opposed to opening up more mining operations? Those operations require all manner of manufactured goods, quite apart from being manufacturers themselves.

The Greens need to come clean with New Zealand and tell us why they are holding up the manufacturing sector by opposing heavy industry.

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