Bravo Banskie

Bravo John Banks for his comments on NZ on Air funding nasty reality tv shows:

ACT leader John Banks thinks a commercial sponsor should be paying for a ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ show – and not taxpayers.

1.6 million dollars of public arts and culture funding is going into the production.

He says it shows spending needs to be managed better, given the Government is borrowing millions every week.

“So many get so much enjoyment from watching this kind of drivel, then let it be funded by a commercial sponsor that can make some money out of this,” says Mr Banks.

John Banks says he can’t think of anything less likely to achieve a high wage economy than spending taxes on reality TV.


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  • dad4justice

    Good on ya mate.

  • thor42

    Damned right.
    I don’t pay income tax to see it go to a show that will have utterly talentless people from Wainui and the Hutt Valley whining away out-of-tune to country music.  

  • Andrew

    Talk is cheap. Banksie is a big government spendaholic at the end of the day. Fuck him.

  • Guest

    Good work Banksie

  • Gazzaw

    Marketing budgets have been under the hammer since 2008. There wouldn’t be a marketing manager in NZ who would put their job at risk by ‘investing’ $1.6 million into this show. That sort of money buys you sponsorship of a top imported blockbuster series with change left over.

  • Hakim of phut

    How much did Mayor Banks council spend on subsidies for  musical shows .
    ” Auckland City Council reels from public humiliation over a $2.5 million loss from musical flops like My Fair Lady.” $2.5 mill for My Fair Lady – what was Banks thinking ? At least The talent show will get a reasonable audience. But of course with Banks being two faced is part of his DNA

    • Bunswalla

      Yes and once under a Labour Government the people that dole out money to bludgers (can’t remember what they’re called – they’ve “rebranded 17 times since then) paid $1.2m for a new software system to give away the money more efficiently. They then had to pay another $3m for the providers (from Bulgaria or Romania, or Elbonia) to change the day of the week that it paid the money, since nobody thought to ask if it could be changed by the users.

      What’s your point?

    • Bafacu

      “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they do not quit.” -C. Hilton

      • Catweasel321

        Pity Banksie’s primary action is gravitational pull. From MP to Cabinet Minister, to Mayoralties, to MP and leader of a fringe party. But good on him for working his way back up to National Government minister. Well done he’s a shinning example of a self made creature politician.

  • Catweasel321

    Perhaps JK and Banksie could enter as a ventriloquist act as I’m always amazed at JK’s skill of of being able to keep his lips still while Banksie is talking. Why once I even saw him drinking a cup of tea at the same time. Now thats just showing off.