Plus weve become to enamoured with tertiary qualifications no matter how useless some of them actually are weve now got a lack of skilled tradespeople which is also hindering the rebuilding.
AS Ive always said not everyone has the ability to gain a useful uni qualification. So its best we retain enough blue collar jobs for these people and pay them 12-14hrs working on a assembly line than walking around on the dole with a attitude problem. WE once had neat jobs assembling Toyotas Hondas and every other japanese make of car until our wanker of a govt threw it all away
Also amongst some people its been suggested that China put the squeeze on NZ to recognize her as a market economy.
and in return Helen got Chinas vote for that cushy job at the UN.
Nz being the first to do so made it easier for other countriesto follow. Being recognised as a market economy supposedly makes it illegal/extremely hard? for any country to place countervailing duties on the goods of countries they accuse of dumping.This is probably contributed to the US recently loosing the steel pipe and tyre case at the WTO recently.