INDEPENDENT NEWS

Air NZ's new uniform "uniquely NZ", made in China

Published: Mon 27 Mar 2006 03:49 PM
27 March 2006
Air NZ's new uniform "uniquely NZ", but made in China
Air New Zealand's new uniform may have the stated aim of 'creating a more uniquely New Zealand brand that celebrates pride in our own country', but it will fall short of achieving this aim while it is manufactured offshore, according to Green MP Sue Bradford.
"I have been concerned to discover that although designed in New Zealand and made using New Zealand wool, the overwhelming majority of Air New Zealand's new uniforms are being made overseas," Ms Bradford says.
"This is particularly disappointing because a Christchurch clothing factory that used to produce uniforms for the airline has now lost the contract.
"The launch of the new Air New Zealand uniform would have been a great opportunity for Air New Zealand to cement its reputation as an iconic national company by ensuring that every aspect of its rebranding, including the manufacture, embraced the pride in New Zealand that it wishes to express.
"Unfortunately, outsourcing labour at the expense of New Zealand jobs seems to be becoming a trend for Air New Zealand, who are currently outsourcing aircraft maintenance offshore, and would have outsourced more of it but for union intervention.
"It seems that the national airline, far from celebrating 'pride in our own country', is simply seeking the cheapest bidder for the procurement of their goods and services.
"It is my hope that Air NZ and other iconic New Zealand companies will not make similarly disappointing decisions in future," Ms Bradford says.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Bill to allow licensed premises to stay open for RWC matches
By: New Zealand Government
KiwiBuild programme losing another top boss
By: RNZ
Helping our cities grow up and out
By: New Zealand Government
Ngāpuhi elder 'shocked' by conditions at Ngawha Prison
By: RNZ
Independent election policy costing unit a step closer
By: New Zealand Government
Primary and intermediate principals vote to accept new offer
By: NZEI
Breach of 'journalistic privilege' during unlawful search
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
BSA releases decisions on coverage of mosque attacks
By: Broadcasting Standards Authority
PM's Post-Cab 19/8/19: Bad Mail
By: The Scoop Team
Details matter for RWC licensing
By: New Zealand National Party
Government adopts ACT's Rugby World Cup legislation
By: ACT New Zealand
Government can give Kiwis a fair go on Rugby World Cup
By: ACT New Zealand
Bill to open bars to World Rugby Cup viewers welcomed
By: Clubs New Zealand
New Bill could allow fans to watch Rugby World Cup matches
By: Hospitality New Zealand
Govt tells big cities: grow up and out
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media