A Christchurch business has told an inquiry into manufacturing that owners who have chosen to remain open despite the earthquakes need more support from the Government.
The operations manager for the clothing company Earth, Sea, Sky, Jane Ellis, made the comments at a joint inquiry being held by opposition parties into the manufacturing sector.
Ms Ellis says about 100 of the company's employees are working short weeks because there is not enough work available.
She says it would have been easier for its three Christchurch factories to close after the February 2011 earthquake but they are committed to their employees.
She says she wants the Government to subsidise apprenticeship wages, to encourage employment.
A report on the opposition inquiry is due out in March.