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$6K bill for Key’s kowtowing to Warners

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, December 10th, 2010 - 17 comments
Categories: capitalism, film - Tags: ,

OIA papers show how the Nats prostrated themselves for Warners. $6K was spent treating the movie execs like foreign dignitaries – ministerial cars, customs ‘facilitation’. Nats wanted to “present an image of an effective government that is worth working with“. All they showed was they had fallen for Warners’ hollow threats. Cost us $33 million.

H/T No Right Turn

17 comments on “$6K bill for Key’s kowtowing to Warners”

  1. TightyRighty 1

    seriously, when are you going to stop flogging a dead horse. What is it with the “solidarity” bunch that you can’t admit your own side made the mistakes that led to the impasse. Side note on the subject, what’s wrong with the primary teachers accepting their pay offer?

    • Vicky32 1.1

      You could not be more wrong, Tighty Righty, but you will never admit it.

      • TightyRighty 1.1.1

        how am i wrong?

        prove it without citing wikipedia or a left wing site, or qouting weasel words to the effect of “multi-national corporations/ rich new zealanders manipulating the media/public/government”

        and it’s TightyRighty

        • bbfloyd

          TR… you’re wrong because you are simply spouting the propaganda that warners supplied the nats with. (they would never have thought of it themselves). new zealands film workers are among the lowest paid in the world, so where was the studio going to go to lower costs? libya? sarawak? bangladesh? a completely justified attempt to improve workers conditions was manipulated in a cravenly dishonest fashion for no more reason than our (so called) leader could be fleeced.

        • Draco T Bastard

          how am i wrong?

          You’re a RWNJ

          prove it without citing wikipedia or a left wing site, or qouting weasel words to the effect of “multi-national corporations/ rich new zealanders manipulating the media/public/government”

          Translates to: Prove it without citing any verifiable facts that will prove me wrong.

          • Bazar

            Comes across as:

            We don’t need to prove a thing, its all PJ’s and Warner’s profit-mongering. We have plenty of dubious unverifable facts that show it so.

  2. Rob A 2

    You’re right Tighty

    Meanwhile it was reported on the News today that the Australian government is spending millions getting Oprah to broadcast some of their sights.

    • TightyRighty 2.1

      oprah won’t bring any benefits to australia. on a C/B analysis basis, i would say that if australia was one of oprah’s favorite things, then australia won’t benefit from oprah having a fanboi base that is equally as large as the hobbits/LOTRO. millions = wasted.

      • insider 2.1.1

        Speaking of Aus, I see they did a lot of the latest Narnia film, produced by a NZer. Shows the fickleness of producers when choosing locations. Did they get a tax break and if so where is the ongoing work from it?

        • TightyRighty

          isn’t it the third of seven movies? isn’t it also a yawn fest?

          • insider

            That was LoTR

          • Lanthanide

            It’s the third adaptation of a book series comprising of 7 books. Unless the movie does really really well, they won’t be making any more, and the other 4 books aren’t as easily filmed or widely known as the first 3.

        • Vicky32

          My son is going to see that movie with a colleague, even as I write. He’s looking forward to it… and has high hopes!

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Just shows again that John Key is excellent at wining and dining at tax payers expense – but building a broader more resilient NZ based film industry which isn’t concentrated around Jackson or his Hollywood handlers – forget it.

  4. Bazar 4

    Anyway, lets take a look at what 7k is

    7k is used a oil to lubicate a deal that cost us about 33Million, which affected a movie worth a conservitive 500 million, which the fallout if warners did packup, would be up to 2 billion

    I’m terribly displeased with Key. He should of just taken them to the local KFC drive through and given them some local culture with a side of fries.

    Seriously. 7k is less then small change in what may have decided the outcome of a fledling billion dollar industry.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Yeah $6K/7K is negligible.

      More nauseating was the actual bowing and scraping from our PM during its expenditure.

  5. PC Brigadier 5

    Bring Warners, the royals and Oprah here. No matter what the cost. They can replace the workers leaving NZ and we’d have utopia.

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