Redundant Hillside staff are among workers being encouraged
to make submissions to a national inquiry into the state of
New Zealand manufacturing.
The Labour, Green, New Zealand First and Mana political
parties together launched the Parliamentary Inquiry into
Manufacturing, in response to what they said was a national
"Over the past four years, 40,000 manufacturing jobs have
been lost and over 1000 manufacturing companies have closed
their doors," their website stated.
"This is a crisis that is leading to more unemployment, lower
export earnings, increased dependency on imports, higher
international debt and ultimately a poorer New Zealand."
Inquiry committee chairman Cam Moore said the aim of the
inquiry was to better understand what was happening in the
country's manufacturing sector and why, so the problems could
"Manufacturing has been neglected over a long time. I find it
sad," he said.
Mr Moore was appointed to the committee as its independent
chairman, as a current executive member and past president of
the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association. He
said submissions from manufacturing workers - including
Hillside staff - would add value to the inquiry.
"We want the full background. There's been a lot of odd
comments made and we are hoping to get the full picture of
what's going on and why," Mr Moore said.
Submissions were being accepted from businesses and members
of the public, with a view to holding the first hearings next
Mr Moore said the process was likely to continue for a few
Hearing dates and venues had to be confirmed, but it was
possible a hearing would be held in Dunedin.