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Indications good for economic recovery
From the House
with CHRIS TREMAIN MP for Napier
This year s budget made some
pretty big forecasts. Return to sur-
plus by 2014-15, 170,000 new jobs
over the next five years, and
growth of 4-plus per cent in two
Opposition parties have argued
that these forecasts are overly
optimistic. The early signs are
The Government has been
focused on an export-led recovery.
The last thing we wanted was
another private debt-fuelled hous-
ing bubble with a recovery driven
by consumer spending.
This drove the growth over the
first decade of this century and
resulted in New Zealand s worst
recession since the 1930s.
So it was fantastic news to hear
that exports exceeded imports by
a record $1.1 billion last month,
boosted by high commodity prices.
With only 76 cents paid out for
imports for every $1 of exports, it
was the largest monthly trade
surplus in percentage terms for 18
The monthly surplus was nearly
twice the $600 million that mar-
ket economists had expected.
And last week it was announced
that the number of people receiv-
ing a government benefit has
fallen for the fourth month in a
While overall improvements are
coming in small steps, the number
of people on the unemployment
benefit is 57,058, which is down
by 3000 over the past year.
Policy changes designed to
encourage more people to return
to work and increasing business
confidence have made a real dif-
Lastly, Reserve Bank Governor
Allan Bollard released the bank s
quarterly Monetary Policy State-
ment last week.
This statement guides the set-
ting of the Official Cash Rate
which is a strong indicator of
interest rates in this country. Bol-
lard kept the OCR at 2.5 per cent.
The bank is projecting stronger
growth than the budget, with
possible interest rate rises around
The Reserve Bank indicated
that Government policy,
especially the focus on cost control
in the state sector, would help to
keep interest rates lower for
Once again this will help our
recovery, will be good for further
job growth, and is a huge help to
Napier people paying a mortgage.
Interest rates are close to half
what they were just a few short
years ago saving households thou-
sands per year.
Water whisperer: Fred Lichtwark of Raglan.
A leading light of a Raglan waterway restoration
project is being brought to Hastings to share his
Fred Lichtwark s Whaingaroa Harbourcare
group s activities have included fencing off hun-
dreds of kilometres of riparian margins and plant-
ing over a half a million native plants.
His Hastings visit is being organised by the
Hawke s Bay Regional Council and Operation
Patiki -- a project to restore flounder habitats
which is supported by Matahiwi, Kohupatiki,
Omahu and Ruahapia maraes.
Regional council community engagement
adviser Anita Murrell says Mr Lichtwark has a lot
to share with Hawke s Bay groups which are work-
ing hard to improve fisheries and water quality.
He is a well respected and inspirational speaker
on integrated catchment management, she says.
Mr Lichtwark will be speaking on Saturday,
June 18 in the Lindisfarne College auditorium,
Doors open at 1.15pm and admission is by a gold
coin at the door.
SeniorNet to open up
If you are one of the many adults
who feel left behind in the world of
computers and electronic communi-
cation, SeniorNet can put you back
in the game.
This Saturday SeniorNet Napier
Inc is hosting a free open day to keep
you up with the play.
Everyone is welcome to come
along and find out what it s all
about. They offer computer courses
for adults 55-plus who would like to
learn anything from email, word
processing and spreadsheets to
photo editing and file management.
Napier s president Gordon Brown
says since SeniorNet was introduced
to New Zealand in 1992, from the
USA, more than 100 SeniorNet
learning centres are operating
throughout the country.
Each one is run by an indepen-
dent committee, although most
groups operate under the umbrella
of a national federation, he adds.
The aim of SeniorNet is to help
and give older adults an opportunity
to learn more about communications
and computer technology in a
friendly and stress-free way. Our
classes are small, up to five
students, each with an individual
computer and one or two tutors and
assistants to help.
On joining SeniorNet, students
are given two free two-hour lessons
to help them find their way around
Comprehensive manuals, which
the students can keep, are included
in the modest course fees.
The free open day will be held
from 10am to 3pm at the SeniorNet
Napier Learning Centre, on the
same grounds as the All Saints
Church at 23 Puketapu Rd,
Taradale. Ph 835 6756.
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