### ODT Online Thu, 9 Dec 2010
Opinion: Why not tackle real, useful work?
By Christine Fernyhough
We recently journeyed to see our high-country fine merino wool turned into yarn by the Austrian company Schoellers – a company which has done this value-adding work for more than 100 years: no rushing to join the IT revolution or looking for the next great trend, just converting our commodity wool into usable yarn. This is not a low-wage third-world producer, just a company that stuck to what it did and became very good at it.
Taking time to learn a trade is considered somehow inferior to accruing debt studying social sciences or communication at one of New Zealand’s many polytechs and universities, where everybody can be the boss, and nobody actually physically works hard on anything.
• Christine Fernyhough is a farmer at Castle Hill Station in Canterbury.
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