Air NZ sends signal of Dunedin downgrade
Posted 4th Feb 2014
Filed under: Economic Development
Air New Zealand’s decision to cut a major direct flight between Dunedin and Auckland will hurt the local business community and is a clear market signal that Dunedin is not seen as a growth centre, say Labour Dunedin MPs David Clark and Clare Curran.

“The axed link contradicts claims by John Key and Steven Joyce that Dunedin and regional New Zealand was doing perfectly well under their Government,” says David Clark.
Joyce guts Invermay
Posted 31st Jul 2013
Filed under: Economic Development
“Today’s announcement of 85 job cuts at Invermay is the direct result of the Government’s failure to properly fund innovation, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark and Associate Economic Development spokesperson Clare Curran say.

“The job losses are devastating news for Otago. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s fingerprints are all over this,” the Dunedin MPs say. “Squeeze, cut and gut is his mantra. He epitomises a Government that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”
Joyce must heed bank’s warnings on jobs
Posted 23rd Apr 2013
Filed under: Economic Development
Steven Joyce must heed the warnings of a major bank that New Zealand risks becoming an ‘employment backwater’ and develop a credible economic plan, Labour’s Associate Economic Development spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Fred Ohlsson, Managing Director of ANZ Business Banking, said today that New Zealand risks becoming an ‘employment backwater’ unless more is done to help people turn ideas into new businesses that will create jobs.
Jobs our biggest priority
Posted 10th Oct 2012
Filed under: Economic Development
As I write this column I am travelling in the United States. I’m lucky to have been given the opportunity to spend three weeks in six states looking at the importance of intellectual property for business growth and for creativity and innovation to flourish.

While I’m here I’m paying attention to the US presidential election. It’s starkly obvious that there’s a fork in the road for the US economy. As the saying goes, when there’s a fork in the road, you should take it.
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