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  • Polity: Geography and housing options,

    Trigger warning: Spokesman for Generation Rentier blames the victim.

    Home truths: 'Ditch the Sky and start saving'

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  • Polity: Geography and housing options,

    On top of that, coastal cities are an inherent people magnet. Would DPF & Co be prepared to shell out for land reclamation for housing?

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  • Polity: Flaccid balloon, mite-ridden bees,

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Tom Johnson,

    You can't explore this issue without noticing the high unemployment rate, how has the natural rate of unemployment become 6%, that is a disaster figure and until we get down to the sanity of a 2% unemployment figure we are fueling discontent.

    Are there stats for how many of those in work are receiving WINZ assistance - in other words, the working poor. I count myself among the ranks.

    I've been on the mininum wage for as long as I've had a job. We keep getting told that it's a springboard to bigger and better things, but what of those who find the rungs on the career ladder missing?

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Deep Blue,

    Ask about a referral to 'Workbridge'.
    Great organisation, and a 'contracted service' to W&I.

    Sadly I can't say the same for Workbridge, at least as far as the Wellington branch is concerned. They've had too much turnover of consultants to be of much use. I'm currently with an alternative supported employment agency, and my consultant is at least trying his best to sell me on my behalf in a job market that's inherently discriminatory towards the clinically asocial.

    With each passing day the Amazon.coms of this world are slowly turning jobs like mine into dead-end jobs, and I'm desperate for a meaningful career change before my job becomes a museum piece. Each time I've taken out a student loan, the ROI has been a big fat round figure and I may not be far off my lifetime EFTS limit. Self-teaching doesn't suit my hard-wired visual thinker sensibility, but an immersive training approach will - in other words, an on-the-job/vocational apprenticeship approach. The catch is, in this wild-West labour market they're perceived as expenses rather than investments.

    I'm pissed off that the Tertiary Education Minister refuses to see the benefits of an apprenticeship scheme for the ICT sector, and the ICT Grad School we got instead is useless for non-grads like me. And yet I refuse to accept that the ICT sector is a graduates-only club.

    I had a mentorship via the IITP not too long ago, and a princely sum later, there was little to show for it. My mentor does sympathise with my frustrations though:

    "I was chatting to our recruitment manager last week, after seeing Xero had launched their grad programme and saying to him I though the next big opportunity is the retraining direction, which he's onboard with and really keen to grow our fresh start program, and given the registrations of interest seems there certainly is the market demand.

    We also talked about working with the public sector to formalise channels into retraining. He explained to me his frustration of dealing with Work & Income and the litany of unreturned calls and unanswered emails to senior management there, I shared the frustrations experienced by someone dealing with the frontline of those services, without mentioning your name, but telling him about the constant churn of case officers at Workbridge, and Workbridge not knowing about the employment initiatives at MSD.

    Vast opportunity for improvement of the delivery of services in the public sector in training and employment by the looks of it.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to andin,

    Its predicated on thinking the worst of other people, and having an angelic view of ones self. Ego protection on a grand scale, it sucks!

    If the same logic was applied by the IRD to tax haven funds, you can be sure the usual suspects will shout "STALINISM!" in unison.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Cold calling a number of employers every week is another requirement. And proving that you have called them. I'm sure HR people around NZ (or as they are now called 'Talent') have some gripes about that.

    For people with ASD and SAD, it's like being made to climb a greasy pole while carrying lead weights. Which is why I rely on supported employment agencies to do the door-knocking.

    And I'm not the only one to be reminded of Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" remark, when our Finance Minister thought out loud of "pretty damned hopeless" jobseekers to a FedFarm conference. How then do they hope to fix 'unemployability' then? With nerve gas?

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Danielle,

    The twenty job applications a week rule is blowing my mind. What a waste of time and energy for everyone. When I was looking for work for two months late last year I think I may have applied for... ten to fifteen jobs, total? There's absolutely no point in applying for things for which you are woefully under- or over-qualified. That's pure ideological hoop-jumping.

    Which is why I'm very strongly in favour of trade-style training for industries like ICT that traditionally haven't had it. Having had repeated zero ROI's on student loans in the past, and being hard-wired to be too inattentive for self-teaching, I've come to the realisation that for people like me the immersiveness of an on-the-job trade apprenticeship approach to training would be best. The catch is that in NZ's relatively deregulated labour market, apprenticeship-style training is seen as an expense instead of an investment. As it stands, my supported employment agent is doing his best to sell me on my behalf.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    Sadly WINZ's primary function is no longer about getting people into gainful employment, but rather to tell them in a polite way that they're worthless lead-swingers. It seems Christine Rankin's perfume still permeates the place.

    NZ needs to set up a branch of the Black Triangle Campaign.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    a man a plan a canal panama

    Lyndon Hood and the Economist's Ryan Avent went one better:

    https://twitter.com/lyndonhood/status/716927383899496448

    https://twitter.com/ryanavent/status/717373189395976192

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