This Government has failed to ensure the Christchurch rebuild is creating opportunities for New Zealanders. See David Shearer’s full speech on this issue here.
By the Numbers
105,000 - New Zealanders were out of work when National came into office. Today 162,000 New Zealanders are out of work – That’s not much of a progress report.
30,000 – Workers are estimated to be needed for the Christchurch rebuild, but with skill shortages, almost half of those are likely to come from overseas.
17,000 – Kiwi technicians, tradespeople and labourers have left for Australia since the first earthquake.
80 – Per cent of the $42 million the Government announced for extra skills training following the Christchurch quakes is sitting untouched.