NZ time: Friday 26th April 2019, 2:13AM


March 2019 New Vehicle Sales Soften.

David Crawford

David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says, “March 2019 registration figures were down 5.4% (757 units) on the same month in 2018. Year to date the market is down 3.7% (1,485 units) on the first three months of 2018 indicating a softening market.”


The total registrations of passenger and SUVs for March 2019 were down 6.9% (625 units) on 2018 volumes, and commercial vehicles were also down 2.7% (132 units) compared to the March 2018.

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Motor Industry Association Does Not Support the Roll-up of ITO’s

David Crawford

On Wednesday the Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins released wide-ranging proposals for vocational education in New Zealand, announcing three proposals for public consultation. The proposed reforms will:

Create one institution combining the 16 polytechnics, the “NZ Institute of Skills and Technology”
Replace Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) with “Industry Skills Bodies”
Centralise the funding system.

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The Motor Trade Association is hoping that the government’s proposed reforms of the vocational education system will result in more people training for the trades.

MTA Chief Executive Craig Pomare says “We welcome the proposal as an opportunity to address critical skills shortages, not just in the automotive sector, but in trades across the economy. It is also good to see that employers will have a strong place in the proposed structure”.

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2019 New Vehicle Sales Start Soft Compared to a Year Ago

David Crawford

David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says, “The January 2019 figures shows the new vehicle market begins the new year down on January 2018. There were 13,938 vehicles registered in the month of January down 6.0% (896 units) on January 2018. Notwithstanding the lower result, it was still the second strongest January on record.”


The total registrations of passenger and SUVs for January 2019 were down 7.

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New Zealand Waitangi Day Public Holiday February 6 2019

For our international visitors, New Zealand has a public holiday on February 6 each year and Automotive Employment NZ will take a days leave to observe the holiday which marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.   In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Māori chiefs signed what is often considered to be New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974.

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Automotive Employment (NZ) Ltd – System Update

Automotive Employment (NZ) Ltd is in the middle of changes to our system and apologise for any inconvenience to users of our website and, in particular, the job board where we advertise vacancies.


There may be periods of disruption while these changes and updates take place and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

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2018 New Vehicle Registrations Hit All Time High

David Crawford


David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says “Registration of 16,670 vehicles for the month of October is not only the strongest month of October ever but also sets a new monthly record for any month of the year ever. The previously single strongest month was June 2017 when there were 15,985 new vehicles registered, with October 2018 coming in 7.3% higher (1,140 units).”


Year to date the market is holding steady, up by 1.

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New Zealand employment outlook shining brightly


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell below 4% in the September 2018 quarter to 3.9% Stats NZ said today.

This is down from 4.4 percent last quarter and is the lowest unemployment rate since the June 2008 quarter, when it was 3.8 percent.

Automotive Employment NZ recorded New Zealand’s historical low of just 3.4% in 2004, it now seems New Zealand is well on track to better the world’s lowest unemployment once again.

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MTA says service stations not ‘fleecing’

The Motor Trade Association is concerned that service station staff are being verbally abused by motorists angry at rising petrol prices.


MTA members include owners and independent operators of several hundred small service stations around the country.


MTA Chief Executive Craig Pomare says the biggest influences on prices at the pump are the landed refined price of petrol and diesel, taxes, and the value of the NZ dollar against the USA dollar.

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New Zealands stable economy and low unemployment

At just 4.5% New Zealand is well known to have one of the OECDs lowest unemployment rates.  Not all of us know quite how successfully New Zealand has been at controlling unemployment and ensuring as a country we continue to thrive, grow, and provide an enviable lifestyle with low crime, high standards of prosperity and opportunity.

Remarkably New Zealand had unemployment down to 3.4% in 2004.

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