Over the past four years 40,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost (and over a thousand manufacturing companies have shut up shop). The government is in full denial, so the opposition parties have set up their own inquiry.
The Labour Party, the Green Party, New Zealand First ,and Mana are holding a Parliamentary inquiry into the crisis in manufacturing following National Party MPs recent blocking a motion for a select committee inquiry. The parties agree that real change is needed to protect and grow manufacturing in New Zealand, and that the current National Government has failed to provide any leadership on this issue.
Unlike National, the parties are not prepared to stand by while 40,000 manufacturing jobs are lost and pretend that nothing is wrong.
Today is the last day for submissions (though I’m guessing that stuff that arrives in the weekend would also be considered). Please submit if you can.