Another crisis solved – Northland going gangbusters

The Labour party campaigned saying that the provinces were suffering under National, that they were in crisis, and as is usual once Labour declares a crisis the problem is promptly solved.

Northland is already benefitting from chucking Hone Harawira under the bus.

Small businesses in Northland are tracking some of the most significant growth in the country, as national revenue growth hits its highest level in five years.

The latest MYOB Business Monitor shows 38 per cent of small and medium enterprises in Northland increased their revenue in the 12 months to August, putting them on a par with growth in Auckland.

Northland had suffered in the survey during the past five years but the region is now one of two expected to experience the highest levels of growth in the coming year.

Nearly half of local businesses are expected to increase their revenue, with just 4 per cent forecast to lose revenue.  

Northland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tony Collins said local business confidence had been on the rise during the past 18 months.

“What we were expecting to see in the last six months’ confidence was that it would translate into the bottom line,” he said. “If the figures are up then that’s started to happen.”

Some sectors servicing the farming sector were doing better, along with an uplift in construction, Mr Collins said.

However, the local retail industry was inconsistent, and the dairy sector could suffer as dairy prices went down.

“Having said that, confidence is still up [and] people are still looking at employing in the very near future.”

About the only thing Labour hasn’t a declared a crisis over is their own party.


– The Northern Advocate


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