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Doom-laden view not the full picture
Bay economy healthy
Hawke s Bay s economic perform-
ance is not as dire as Hastings
mayor Lawrence Yule has
suggested, according to a regional
Poor economic performance is
the main reason Mayor Yule has
given for seeking to amalgamate
the Napier, Hastings and Hawke s
Bay Regional councils.
Anybody who cares to look at
our regional performance can only
draw one conclusion, we are slip-
ping further and further off the
pace, he wrote in an opinion piece
for this newspaper last month.
A report by regional council
chief executive Andrew Newman
to be discussed at a council com-
mittee meeting today contradicts
Mr Yule s view.
Over the past decade the region
has consistently tracked in line
with national economic indicators
but, in one or two notable areas,
performed better, Mr Newman
When profiled against regions
similarly dominated by the pri-
mary sectors, Hawke s Bay is
performing well, he says.
Although Hawke s Bay s popu-
lation increase of 5.1 per cent
since 2001 is less than half the
national increase of 12.6 per cent
-- dominated by Auckland, it is
well ahead of other comparable
regions such as Taranaki,
Since 1998, the overall econ-
omic standard of living in
Hawke s Bay, as measured by the
indicator real GDP per capita ,
has risen by 26.4 per cent, com-
pared with 17.3 per cent
nationally. This year the level for
this indicator in the bay stood at
95 per cent of the national figure,
compared to 88 per cent in 1998.
In June 2011, the Bay s
unemployment rate was 5.7 per
cent compared to 6.4 per cent
nationally. In 2009 unemploy-
ment here was 10 per cent.
Total GDP for the combined
increased by 36.2 per cent in real
terms since 1998 -- compared to 36
per cent nationally.
Mr Newman recommends the
regional council spend $40,000 to
study co-operation with regional
councils outside the bay, diversifi-
cation of the Bay economy and
harmonisation of resource/build-
ing consent regulations.
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Give a chance
Your comments (Amalgamation
editorial, Aug 31) are timely.
Napier s dictatorial chief
executive officer is loading the
gun for our mayor to fire.
Hawke s Bay is the best place
in New Zealand to live -- given a
chance. All it needs is
progressing forward together to
create and provide jobs for us
and our future generations.
Take a drive down Omahu Rd
in Hastings and see where the
action is. Napier is dragging the
chain, with the Onekawa
Industrial Area becoming
deserted. Have council rates
contributed to its demise? What
about Pandora? Twenty years
down the track and still not
filled. The recently proposed
Airport Business Park will be
another white elephant, along
with the runway to nowhere.
Maybe now is the time, with
interest rates low, to borrow a
bundle to progress projects and
Answer to criticism
In the Mail (Sept 7), C.L.M.
Elvey and L.F. Greaves
criticised my stance on climate
1. No references were given.
To rectify that, I refer them to
2. More than 2500 climate
scientists have endorsed human
activated global warming...
those against are a mere
handful. So might is right? Not
necessarily. The majority
thought the world was flat until
one brave man, Christopher
Columbus, proved them wrong.
3. Climate change is a fact.
The issue here is that
predictions are based on
computer models, which in part,
are based on certain
assumptions. Assumptions are
not facts and these models don t
withstand scrutiny. These
predictions have been around
for a long time, and have been
portrayed as fact. That happens
when things are pushed long
and hard, as this issue has.
4. Those against...have
vested interests in sowing doubt
about climate change. What
might these vested interests be?
It seems to me there is far more
to be gained from carbon trading
than from not doing so.
Persons wishing to get the same
wages as Australia should think
again. Their cost of living would
go up as food prices in Australia
are much greater than here. If
you have higher wages than at
present, say 4 per cent, all your
goods and services will increase
to the same percentage. Better
to put up with our country s
good and bad. Of course, the
super there is 9 per cent of your
wage. Some say they cannot pay
our super at 2 per cent. How are
they going to cope with 9 per
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