The loss of 60 fish processing jobs in Nelson is yet another troubling sign that regional New Zealand is being neglected by the National Government says Labour's Fisheries Spokesperson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene.
“The regions are hurting under National. Another 60 people will join the other 5,300 jobless in the region and the 151,000 currently unemployed nationwide.
“The reality is that many will have to leave the Nelson area to find work. That's not right. The Government should be working to revitalise the regions rather than leaving them to be hollowed out by joblessness and neglect.
“New Zealand businesses are becoming less competitive under this Government and regional New Zealand is bearing the brunt of it. This week's job losses come off the back of 70 jobs lost at the Nelson fish processing factory in 2014.
“National's approach to the regions has not been good enough and a Labour Government will work with the regions to create new opportunities to grow businesses, jobs and incomes,” says Rino Tirikatene.