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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  • LesleyNZ

    They are! Greens and Labour (and the Unions) are “manufacturing” but it ain’t jobs! Is this a behind closed doors joint effort between the 3? Sounds and looks too cosy and orchestrated.

    • Guest2

      You’re wrong – this is an EMPU and Greens summit – not a EMPU Labour summit.

      Hmmmm something tells me there isnt something right at the moment with the Unions and Labour or EMPU and Labour

  • grandstream

    WO – quickly remove this as any trace of the truth or facts wont help the debate. The base tennant of any green argument/policy is the appearance of credibility, no actual facts.

    • grandstream

      Can anyone point me to the job forum which the unions, red & greens are on about ? The one where they are not inviting the PM or govt ? or in other words a recruitment rally…..wonder if any MSM will attend and report of the smoke and mirrors ? If thehey are right, then 40,000 should be attending……

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Tories – The problem is all the pinkos and the journalists are spinning it beyond control. There was a joker on radio yesterday screaming aloud saying that the PM is ignoring this “job summit” and he has lost touch with common people. People – Labour/Green spin is winning the day and the Muslei Norman is playing a very cunning game and instead of exposing Muslei, Emperor with no clothes – John Key is cruising around as if nothing is damaging him. I don’t know what happened to the lousy 3 News opinion poll. When it comes out, it is not going to be a good look for Emperor.

  • rouppe

    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?

    Especially since “most of our trading partners” engage in this activity. Since the Greens support QE because “most of our trading partners” do it it should follow they would support minimg and oil exploration…

    Shouldn’t it…?

  • In Vino Veritas

    Most NZ manufacturers are benefiting from the high dollar since they import either their raw materials or finished goods (therefore they are cheaper) and don’t export anything! The reason times are tough for manufacturer’s is because they, in many cases, can’t compete with competitors in truly low wage economies, like for instance, communist China.
    Norman and the Greens are the classic “not allowed” types. Not allowed this, not allowed that. Their only policy for NZ’s economy is more tourists (convientently forgetting the fact that other countries are suffering as well, and people just don’t have the disposable income to go on holiday at the moment) and “clean green” inititiatives (that have been proven to be white elephants in most instances where they have been tried). Oh, and print money. Raving lunacy alert.

  • AnonWgtn

    The Greenpeace New Zealand Branch could never come clean on anything, as it would not suit the mainly, or partial white, well educated, chardonnay drinking, middle class liberals or whom some are actually New Zealanders. Many are imports from such as Australia, Canada, UK and USA seeking to make their mark !! on the World from New Zealand as being always right and first in their experiment.