So despite staying positive we did harbour a few niggling doubts about the Job summit.
However we think some really good stuff has come out of it-
Bollard and English made it clear how bad things are. The problem is 390 time the size of the NZ economy.
And there was some very cool off the wall stuff. Weirdly we like the bike track idea. Creating a Bike track from one end of the country to the other But then with ma and pa resting up in Alexandra, we have first hand knowledge of the micro economy that surround the Rail Trail bike way.
We reckon little communities along the way can replicate the Central Otago Rail Trail. And we wonder if it can be linked to any projects increasing the reach of broadband.
So we quite like that idea - despite the fact that bike seats are swallowed whole by BB's ample derriere and are never seen again, biking is a good thing.
And we have already blogged extensively on four day working weeks. So the nine day fortnight gets a tick.
But the best part of the summit is that the economic crisis is a bit of a slow moving Tsunami and we have a bit of time ( not a lot but a wee bit ,) so the Summit has been a good starting point to get our economic shit together.
Everyone needs to play their part and the public service is no exception.
We think that the best thing the bureaucray can do is unravel all the regs and rules that stifle business and everyday life and quick smart. However we had heard that work is well underway on such stuff. We will report when we know more.
And for the round up.
- We have heard that four Labour backbenchers would have bailed from Parliament but the tight job market is holding them back.
- Should the poultry and seafood industries be grumpy that only beef sammies were served at the Job Summit?
- Will Dockside get a full house for the annual Bluff Oyster Lunch next week?
- What is the exciting new fishery the Seafood industry is exploring that will have foodies in ecstacy?
- Is there really a big problem with the Marlborough Blue Cod fishery?
- And Twits and Tweeters (Forest and Bird) is is sealing their reputation by carrying out a weird protest next week. We hear they will get a chilly reception.