More go bankrupt from job loss
“Nearly 3000 New Zealanders went broke in the year to June because of losing their jobs.”
150 printing jobs lost
“Around 150 people face a jobless Christmas and a bleak future after a major south Auckland commercial printer closed for good on Wednesday.”
Wages a touchy subject among workers
“A long-serving Warehouse staffer could not understand how its chief executive was paid so highly when workers had been fighting for only a 3 per cent rise. “What can one person do to be worth so much money? I don’t mind what he earns particularly … but, in a company that’s described as one team, how can he be entitled to so much?”
Lifetimes of toil to equal bosses’ pay
“Wage gaps between workers and chief executives have grown so large that some staff would have to work for two lifetimes to earn the same as their boss’s annual salary.”
Goff says middle NZ feeling squeeze of stalled economy
“Middle income earners in New Zealand were feeling the impact of rising prices and a stalled economy, he said.
“They’re not poor enough to get much in the way of help from the benefit system and they’re not wealthy enough to find things pretty easy as higher income earners do.”… This isn’t about gimmicks, you’re not going to solve New Zealand’s economic problems through job summits and cycleways, it’s got to be about real plans, real vision about where we need to take New Zealand.”
Peter Jackson bringing private jet back
“Film director Sir Peter Jackson looks set to return his new private jet to Wellington with the aircraft’s management company obtaining a New Zealand air operator’s certificate and the city’s airport preparing to clear a spot for it.
Jackson took delivery of the top-of-the-line Gulfstream G550 in May but has been forced to park the $68 million jet in Melbourne due to a lack of suitable hangar space at Wellington International Airport.”
NZ should pay for royal honeymoon
“I don’t think the prince would find the $10,000 a night price tag too much of a problem. It’s a lot of money for most of us, but our overseas guests tell us it’s actually good value.”
Always check sore throat, mum warns
“Health experts say it reflects badly on New Zealand that it has one of the developed world’s highest rates of what is now considered a Third World disease.
Rheumatic fever is associated with poverty and household overcrowding.”