The Huddle


I was on the Huddle last night, with Josie Pagani.

Our topics so far are:

First up Mediaworks goes into receivership but manages to survive – AGAIN – I’m not sure how they manage it but they do. It’s not looking too peachy keen though on the IRD bill number. It looks like  they’re not going to get off that one.

Then we’ve got the report on the “manufacturing crisis”. Unfortunately the release of this has coincided with manufacturing numbers hitting a nine year high and consumer confidence also hitting a three year high, and the dollar’s been going in the right direction for a change. So would these suggestions actually help right now, or are they things which are being done anyway and the impact is being felt…(not all of the recommendations of course)


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Well Cam, your best point was right at the end, shame you were cut off.
    “Nobody is going to send their product to NZ for finishing.”…Roughly

  • johnbronkhorst

    On TV1 breakfast…They were commenting on the difference between National & labour on this “report”.
    That labour were looking at the individual manufacturing industries and National were looking at manufacturing as a whole…..summed up reasonably well, for a change!
    National want to let private industry find it’s own true level and labour etc want to micro manage it.
    There is an old expression that sums up this report : “Can’t see the wood for the trees.”
    They will be so busy micro managing the individual industries, that overall manufacturing will go under!!!

  • Patrick

    Why in god’s name do the left think NZ can compete with the 3rd world when it comes to manufacturing? Are they really suggesting NZ could produce IPAD covers cheaper than the Chinese can? Why would we want to tie our people into such low paying jobs, such mundane jobs, jobs requiring little intellectual input. Is that really what NZ workers want?
    Pagani is right on one thing, NZ needs to develop niche industries, highly innovative with good returns. There is no way we should be competing at the bottom of the barrel with manufacturers from the 3rd world. We will lose every time.
    BTW Josie the starting point is a highly educated workforce – something you & your union hack mates oppose at every turn.

  • johnbronkhorst
    Check this out. You will find China the USA and Germany were the biggest buyers of robotics in 2011.
    Tell you something about competing in the world of manufacturing?