While most economic indicators were improving, unemployment remained stubbornly high.
But the tide has now changed.
Unemployment is falling – in Otago it’s down to around the unemployable.
Government policies including more flexible employment law and careful financial management which has resulted in low interest rates and lower taxes has helped.
If National wins a third term the trend of lower employment, more jobs and higher wages will continue.
If we get a Labour/Green/NZ First/Internet Mana government, taxes and interest rates will increase, employment law will be made less flexible, business will become more difficult and businesses will lose the confidence they need to increase their workforce and wages.
With a third-term National-led government working for New Zealand more New Zealanders will be working.