Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, April 25th, 2013 - 6 comments
Categories: accountability, brand key, capitalism, Conservation, energy, Mining, same old national, sustainability, tourism - Tags: big oil, fracking, gareth hughes, hobbit, peter jackson
So, as reported today on Stuff, Peter Jackson has released a video; probably part of John Key’s deal to undermine NZ workers in exchange for using The Hobbit to promote tourism in NZ.
The scenery is breath-taking, and shows what we are losing as a result of Key’s government’s prioritising foreign corporates over sustainable living and affordable lifestyles for all Kiwis. The Stuff article highlights how contrived the whole 100% (Pure) Middle-earth PR actually is:
Graham McTavish, who played dwarf Dwalin, said that on one shoot, the scenery looked like something out of Jurassic Park.
“I took a photo that I sent to some friends, [captioned] “dwarves on vacation”, and they refused to believe that this was an actual photograph, that I hadn’t photoshopped it,” he said.
Martin Freeman, who played Bilbo Baggins said: “Meanwhile the backdrop is so beautiful it looks CGI”.
“It looks too perfect.
In contrast, last night Campbell Live showed how much the environment of Aotearoa, and the lifestyle of the least powerful of Kiwis are being eroded and destroyed by Key’s government: a government that aims to sell the country and it’s assets to foreign resource-extracting Big Business. Residents in the Tararua town of Dannevirke took to the streets to protest against TAG Oil (Canada), in a “Rally of resistance”.
The company began exploring for oil in the area on Monday, promising possible finds as big as the oil fields of Texas. Locals are angry they weren’t consulted. It’s beyond belief that the oil company is conducting Big Brother style surveillance of anyone going near their exploration site: filming and taking registration numbers.
Meanwhile, a Canadian team is filming TAG’s operations in NZ:
We came here to follow the main subject of our film, a young First Nations man from the heart of the Canadian (and one could argue global) fracking industry. …
Maori and concerned citizens in New Zealand have been dealing with the oil and gas industry for a long time; but Caleb’s timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, as it is just in the past several years – and particularly the past few months – that fracking operations have really been ramping up. And the parallels between the two countries, as we have been learning quickly, are positively striking. …
Just in the past several months, TAG Oil has been pursuing “aggressive” (their own words) expansion plans, with seismic testing and exploratory drilling in the Hawkes Bay region where the forum was being held. The community gathering heard from a farmer named Sarah Roberts – who has been referred to us by a number of people as the “Erin Brockovich of New Zealand” (a title she wears reluctantly), for her wealth of knowledge on the emerging industry and her principled stand against it. Sarah made the journey across the island from Taranaki, where her farm has been under siege from TAG Oil’s operations. She described to us how the company is flaring fumes over her and her neighbours’ dairy farms (milk is New Zealand’s biggest export and, along with tourism, the cornerstone of its economy). She also told us how some local farmers have been convinced to take “produced” (the industry’s term for contaminated) water from them and dispose of it on their fields a s “fertilizer”…
Good to see Green MP Gareth Hughes get a mention there as well, in relation to him travelling up and down NZ as part of his campaign to get a moratorium on fracking.
100% Pure? Yeah right.
100% Middle-earth? Tell that to those struggling in the cities, suburbs and countryside on low incomes, with or without jobs.
100% for the people of the country?