The Government hit back yesterday at critics of the
number of jobs that have disappeared from New Zealand by
supplying a list of "significant jobs" created from its public
Finance Minister Bill English, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee and Tertiary Education, Skills and
Employment Minister Steven Joyce combined to provide a united
front on the Government's Building Infrastructure progress
report, which set out 67 projects being undertaken. Mr
English said the infrastructure projects were helping build a
more competitive economy.
"For businesses to invest in plant and facilities in New
Zealand, they need to be confident that they have access to
infrastructure that supports their businesses - transport,
energy, water and telecommunications."
The Government had committed significant investment in
infrastructure over the past four years as part of its wider
programme to put the economy on a more competitive footing
and support jobs, he said.
The projects included: $5.5 billion for the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Fund, $1.6 billion for ultrafast
broadband and faster rural broadband, $5 billion for the
national electricity grid and $12.2 billion for roading
between 2012 and 2015, Mr English said.
However, figures included in Mr Joyce's announcement of a
further $28 million for expanded training in Christchurch
showed that most of the jobs created were in the North
Wigram MP Megan Woods said Labour was encouraged by the extra
funding the Government was putting into skills training into
Christchurch but she hoped it would translate into real
The Government needed to think on a different scale. Up to
30,000 workers were needed for the rebuilding, yet another
"big" Government announcement was about a scheme that hoped
to recruit just 900 workers.
"There are some 84,000 young New Zealanders not in any form
of training work or education.
They want to be working and they are exactly the people Mr
Brownlee and his colleagues should be providing opportunities
for," she said.
• Nearly 2000 in roll-out of ultrafast broadband.
• 2700 in the construction of hospitals in Auckland and the
• Estimated 1000 over the next four years on the Waterview
• 1000 on the Waikato Expressway.
• Up to 240 on the Tauranga Eastern Link1585 on the
Transpower grid upgrade.
• 255 on electrification of Auckland rail.
• An expected 13,200 for rebuilding horizontal infrastructure