Beans. Beans?

Labour hates jobs for Kiwis

The headline reads “NZ seen as a low wage country – Labour”.

It really should read “Labour: We don’t want your stinking jobs Australia”.

So while Labour is ok with Aussies buying houses they aren’t ok with them exporting jobs to New Zealand.

Unbelievably Darien Fenton is whinging about new jobs being created in New Zealand. Is she now working for Aussie unions?

Australian companies are shifting more and more jobs to New Zealand as they take advantage of the “yawning gap” between wages in the two countries, Labour says.   Read more »

Manufacturing a crisis

The Greens and the EPMU…don’t they make a fetching couple, are manufacturing a crisis. The simple facts however prove their lies. They even have the audacity to question the statistics produced in the Household Labour Force Survey.

There is no sudden crisis in manufacturing – and by the way Labour opposes jobs at Heinz (a manufacturer).

Dodgy manufacturing figures and the high exchange rate are merely the cover Labour and the Greens are using for their loopy money printing policies.

Employment in manufacturing (000s)
2004 279.6
2005 283.7
2006 278.6
2007 271.1
2008 270.9
2009 263.3
2010 243
2011 249.6
2012 251.2
(000s) (%)
Change 2004-08 -8.7 -3.10%
Change 2008-12 -19.7 -7.30%

This table shows published annual averages for years ending June.

Source Statistics New Zealand. Household Labour Force Survey.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Labour and the Greens could tell the truth for once.

A better sauce bottle

Fast CoExist and Andrew Sullivan

One of life’s problems has been solved by boffins at MIT…how to get sauce from a bottle…quicker and with less effort. I do wonder though how many people will end up with a plate full of sauce dumped on their food?

When it comes to those last globs of ketchup inevitably stuck to every bottle of Heinz, most people either violently shake the container in hopes of eking out another drop or two, or perform the “secret” trick: smacking the “57” logo on the bottle’s neck. But not MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith. He and a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at the Varanasi Research Group have been held up in an MIT lab for the last two months addressing this common dining problem.

The result? LiquiGlide, a “super slippery” coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food packaging–though ketchup and mayonnaise bottles might just be the substance’s first targets. Condiments may sound like a narrow focus for a group of MIT engineers, but not when you consider the impact it could have on food waste and the packaging industry. “It’s funny: Everyone is always like, ‘Why bottles? What’s the big deal?’ But then you tell them the market for bottles–just the sauces alone is a $17 billion market,” Smith says. “And if all those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save about one million tons of food from being thrown out every year.”