The NBR reported yesterday morning that Murray McCully had awarded the $8 million RWC Opening Ceremony contract to Aussie firm David Atkins Creative. Over on Red Alert, Grant Robertson was rightly appalled.
The story seems to be being largely retracted now, with McCully trying to distance his meddling hands from the affair and the NZRFU saying that the contract has not been signed quite yet. Hopefully today’s reaction will ensure that it goes to New Zealand companies – we have the creative talent here.
But despite all that creative talent the NBR are still saying that the pivotal role of artistic director will be taken up by someone overseas. Why? We must have someone who can do the job here.
For the London Olympics they have Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slum Dog Millionaire) directing. Now there happens to be a certain kiwi director of epics who owes the government a favour, surely we could get him?
But maybe this is just another case of this ‘aspirational’ government in fact not having any belief in kiwis – they can’t build trains, and they can’t organise an opening ceremony…