web analytics

Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, November 13th, 2010 - 35 comments
Categories: national/act government - Tags: , , ,

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…

35 comments on “Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony ”

  1. ianmac 1

    It must be OK whatever is decided, because McCulley has the ultimate power, and may not be questioned. He has a royal decree which makes any questioning of his role, treasonable. Off with yer head!

  2. Sean Brooks 2

    Peter Jaskson doesnt owe the government of New Zealand anything. Why the fuck would he want to direct a opening cermony of a third rate sport, that no one outside our country gives a shit about, despite all the BS we get from the media, the government and the rugby loving public.

    • felix 2.1

      He doesn’t seem to have any trouble taking our money to make 3rd-rate movies though.

    • bbfloyd 2.2

      peter jackson owes the people of NZ for being part of warner bros raid on our wallets, and for helping them to make us look like a bunch of yokels to the rest of the world.

    • Descendant Of Smith 2.3

      “media, the government and the rugby loving public”

      That’s a lot of people that like rugby. I venture there’s more people like it that even remotely care about your opinion.

      There’s plenty of sports that I don’t like but I don’t feel the need to criticise others for playing or liking them or denigrate the sport in any way.

      Your comments are both intolerant and ignorant. The bullshit doesn’t come from the rugby public – it certainly does come from the anti-rugby brigade who can’t seem to get over the fact that it’s popular and we are good at it.

      You might as well go to the US and tell them that gridiron is a second rate sport cause no-one else plays it – or you could just pee into the wind for all the good it will do you.

  3. Nick C 3

    *cough*XENOPHOBIA*cough*

    • felix 3.1

      It’s xenophobic to want some of the money we’re spending on this ungodly piss-up to circulate in our own economy?

      Fuck it then, why bother hosting at all? We could just pay some other country to host it for us.

      • Nick C 3.1.1

        The post wasnt so much suggesting that, as that kiwis are somehow more talented and creative than Australians and therefore deserve the contract. I’m not going to comment on who deserves the contract because I dont know, but I dont think we should nessesarily rule out an Australian company having more expertise and being able to do a better job than a New Zealand company. To do so is xenophobic.

        As for the idea that hiring a New Zealand company will mean there is more money circulating in our economy: like so many commentors on this blog you dont know the first thing about trade. Watch this video from 1 minute in and you might learn something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0pl_FXt0eM

        • Tigger 3.1.1.1

          Nick – the point here is that this is our event and therefore, as hosts, surely we want it to best reflect our people, our culture, our place. Can someone from overseas do that? No. The Aussies would never hire a Kiwi-based company for their ceremony but I bet you wouldn’t call them xenophobes, but nationalistic.

        • Bunji 3.1.1.2

          You spin it how you like Nick, but I’m not really trying to say that we are God’s chosen race, uber alles. But we have people talented enough to do the job, and it’s our show, so we should put it on.

          And I have no trouble favouring our country over others. Why support someone else’s economy in preference to New Zealanders? I don’t think anyone is going to trade with us less because we support our own World Cup…

        • felix 3.1.1.3

          I’m not going to watch that but I assume it’s the same old Friedman clip you get all your lines from.

          Care to address the question in your own words rather than just hinting that your god has already answered it?

          • Nick C 3.1.1.3.1

            @ Felix and Bunji: Here is how trade works.

            1) We import goods and services from overseas (in this case an $8million opening ceremony) with New Zealand dollars because thats the money that we have.
            2) The Australian company doesnt want the $NZ, it wants Australian dollars. So it sells the $NZ on the foriegn exchange market.
            3) Whoever buys those $NZ wants them to buy goods in NZ, as thats the only place that $NZ will buy anything. This is an export.

            So basically in order for export industries to bring money into our economy it is nessesary for imports to take money out of our economy, and vise versa. Basically this means that we dont lose any jobs or money from trade, we just have those jobs and money concentrated in different industries. These tend to be industries that we have a comparitive advantage in, which means we achieve a more efficient allocation of resourses.

            • Bunji 3.1.1.3.1.1

              Or, they could use the $NZ to buy NZ companies. And next time someone spent NZ$ they might get some slice of that pie as well, instead of us. Before you know it, we have a ballooning current account deficit and all our wealth being repatriated overseas… oop, that’s already happened. Bye-bye profits, enjoy your trip to Australia.

              Also, which industries do we have a comparative advantage in? Dairy? We’re already doing too much of that, to the environment’s harm.
              What do we want to get a comparative advantage in, because they’re good earners? Creative industries? How better to advertise that than by showing it off when the world is watching you put on an event…

    • bbfloyd 3.2

      very weak Nick… very weak… another pathetic attempt from the apologists from the right… it must be true that you guys have no imaginations if all you can do is repeat buzzwords ad nausium.

  4. CAMPAIGN, “WORLD CUP DON’T COME”

    Our campaign to stop the madness of a country pretending to have some conern for climate change while working hard to get many tourists to fly the world, burning precious oil and producing greenhouse gases, to watch a game of rubgy is though too “confrontational by many environmental groups. We have provided an article for the ECO paper, ECOlink. This can be viewed on http://www.ibwswrc.blogspot.com/.

    • Sean Brooks 4.1

      As much as I cant stand the sport of rugby, I wouldnt try to sign anything that would stop it coming.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Comprador capitalist is a fitting term for McCully and Lord Jackson. They are administering certain features of the NZ economy on behalf of corporations that then take the money and run. The RWC will be a good pressure point to stick it to some of these selfish buggers, I agree with UNITE-$15 per hour minimum rate for all hospitality workers during the cup.

  6. so was there a tender process for applicants to submit their proposals ?

    i wonder if Mike Mizrahi put one in and got passed over for pissing McCully off so much over the shed ten/party central giant maggot on Auckland’s waterfront ?

  7. Irascible 7

    I don’t see any real problem here. The “All Blacks” is a brand owned by a German company, adidas, who contract the brand to a subsiduary company, the NZRFU, to manage and take risks in New Zealand. The other “teams” attending the RWC are merely brands associated with other clothing and other companies rather than real representatives of the countries they purport to represent.
    For McCully, who doesn’t believe in NZ anyway, to give the opening ceremony to another overseas company is in keeping with the whole fiasco.

  8. Treetop 8

    Perhaps Jackson can direct the drunks in the grandstand. He might get a Mexican wave out of them, if this is too ambitious he could make a movie of how NZders handle alcohol at the rugby.

  9. Joachim's 9

    “As for the idea that hiring a New Zealand company will mean there is more money circulating in our economy: like so many commentors on this blog you dont know the first thing about trade.”

    If hard currency is going out of NZ its not staying in NZ = bad for our citizens, good for another country’s citizens.

  10. Carol 10

    Isn’t it time people started cuttting back on opening ceremonies? I can’t remember the last time I watched one – for the Olympics, Comm Games FIFA world cup etc. They are just pissing contests where each country tries to out do the other. And they seem to have escalated the excess during neoliberal times. Why not do something different? Like a big outdoor music gig with a range of NZ music talent?

  11. ak 11

    anyhoo, who gives the slightest fat rat’s about the apartheid kick ‘n clap game when you’re world champs in the real game…..beats me how anyone can ever watch elitist ra-ra again after watching a single game of league – let alone last night’s classic.

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      Too right, ak. World and Four Nations Champions and what does Stuff lead with this morning? The AB’s win against some lacklustre European team. Bugger Graeme Henry, if winning things is the bottom line, then the best coach in NZ is clearly Stephen Kearney.

  12. Sean Brooks 12

    ak

    Agree, go the kiwis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Sean Brooks 13

    Yes, there has been a big push by rugby union people and the New Zealand sport media to say Richie McCaw and Henry should get nominated at the halbergs, I wonder if those same media people will push for Kernary and the kiwis?

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago