17 July 2008

NZ developing national infrastructure for an independent economy

The Green Party in New Zealand is encouraging the Government to act quickly on plans to improve the country’s infrastructure. In a press release earlier this week, the political party argued the need to pick up momentum in infrastructural developments so that the country can become less dependent on international expertise and overseas labour markets.

The new KiwiRail trains to be assembled in New Zealand is just the beginning of the country’s development plans.  Regional Economical Development spokesperson Sue Bradford said, "Assembling our own trains here is exactly the sort of investment New Zealand needs to counter the effects of the global economic slowdown."

"As the impacts of climate change and ever rising oil prices kick in, it is imperative we do everything we can to become more self sufficient in manufacturing and repairing our public transport infrastructure," she added.

On 1st July, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced the country’s railways and ferry services will be renationalised, after being unsuccessfully privatised in the early 1990s. 

According to The Australian, the UK Government is following New Zealand’s lead by renationalising the railway system.  But, it will take lot more than reneging privatisation policies to keep the hundreds of thousands of British citizens emigrating every year. 

According to National Statistics, 400,000 British residents emigrated last year to escape the credit crunch, rising cost of living, and poor health and educational services.  200,000 of these were British citizens dissatisfied with life in the UK, who emigrated primarily to Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, and the US. 

Ms Clark’s Government is encouraging more UK residents to apply for skilled migration to New Zealand so that skills shortages can be met and development plans can take off. 

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.

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