Italian migrants are welcome – but here’s hoping we find jobs for them on dry land

January 26, 2012

They are not so clever when it comes to captaining cruise liners, apparently.

Alf was delighted to read that that New Zealand is proving a favoured place for European immigrants trying to escape the economic downturn.

This reflects well on the country: it’s a great place to live in, although not too many of the migrants have yet discovered that Eketahuna is the best part of the country to live in.

It also reflects well on the Government in which Alf is proud to serve: our economic management obviously is superior to that of the governments in the countries from which the migrants are coming.

Or rather, these migrants obviously believe we run a good shop.

But the Herald today published some dastardly stuff about costs of living increasing in New Zealand and wages not increasing to match, while Australians enjoy longer lives and lower unemployment.

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Update on the Peda file: the lad from Dipton has a PESS mess to clean up

January 7, 2011

My involvement in the Peda matter? Let me think about it...


When the Beehive announces something just before Christmas, Alf learned long ago, they are hoping people are so preoccupied with preparations for the festive season that they won’t pay much attention.

It worked with Alf, when the Peda file was updated.

In effect, the announcement was that Santa would not be bringing goodies to the Pacific Economic Development Agency (Peda).

This company with a single shareholder – some of us might recall – was given a generous dollop of dosh ($4.8m over four years) in the May Budget to “improve the economic wellbeing of Pacific people in Auckland”.

But this handout caused something of a ruckus about shortcomings with the tender process and the over-riding of Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs advice that Peda was unproven and a risky investment.

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Looking on the bright side of job data

February 20, 2009

The country is still open for business.

But you wouldn’t think so, if you pay too much heed to the bleatings and brayings of the doomsayers.

To what effect, from a confidence perspective?

How many people are going to bother looking for jobs when the news media, economic commentators and too many politicians are banging on about rising unemployment as if the end of the world is nigh?

The publicity thus generated has a powerful negative effect on behaviour.
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