Thursday, February 07, 2013

Latest Maori unemployment data: is this good news?

December quarter Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) is out. Headlines will read a drop in unemployment, lead funnily enough, by Maori...

Unemployment rate by ethnicity, Dec Q, 2012

But this reduction comes from a decline in those looking for work, as shown by the data for employment rates...

Employment rate by ethnicity, Dec Q 2012

So, where are people going? Or what are they doing?

Difficult to see how NZ economy can grow from these figures.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Waitangi Day, Messines Street, Leeston, 2013...

I try and quit news on days like this. For me it's now a lazy day which lets me do lots of work in the garden which - if i do say so myself - is looking a picture...

Onions, spring onions, lettuces of several descriptions, bok choi, dwarf beans, cauliflower, tomatoes (5 or 6 varieties), kamo kamo, taewa (tutaekuri), silverbeet, sweetcorn, purple runner beans, pumpkin, beetroot, parsley, coriander, sorrel, strawberries and truck loads of rhubarb.

Rhubarb shopped and bagged up for the freezer.

Followed a pickle recipe out of the Edmond's Cook Book for excess cauliflower, purple beans, onion and courgette...


Now about to watch a spot of cricket and down a new beer for me. Grand Pale Ale by Hancock & Co.

Takin' it easy...


Simon Lambert

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