What a waste of money

Public arts and culture funding to the tune of $1.6 million will partly pay for the New Zealand’s Got Talent reality television series.

Developed by Simon Cowell, the series is famous for discovering unlikely star Susan Boyle in the British series. It will screen on TV One.

Government agency New Zealand On Air said its support was a smart use of the public purse.

Chief executive Jane Wrightson said it was a “wonderful opportunity for many types of New Zealand performers to entertain a nationwide audience”.

Oh great we are going to search for our very own Susan Boyle. Give me strength.

If it was such a good idea a commercial station would have purchased the rights and made money from it.


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  • thor42

    I can just imagine this. Ten-year-olds from Wainui and the Hutt Valley wailing their off-tune songs while the viewers cover their ears. Yeah – what a “great” use of the public purse. 

  • ConwayCaptain

    95% of what appears on TV these days is CRAP

    • Mr_Blobby

      Now 96%

  • The Gantt Guy

    Yes. A whole $1.5 million. Oh dear. Compare and contrast that to the $50 million your leftie mate the troll farmer claims taxpayers have “invested” in Maori TV. Or the $380 million the country is borrowing each and every week to fund welfare.

    While I agree $1.5 million for a (no) talent show is a complete and total waste of money, in reality it’s small potatoes.

    • Hakim of phut

      You could say its going into NZ pockets . They could combine a cooking and singing show.  Quick  before someone  steals my idea call up Keys electorate chairman to get the idea approved for funding.
      As for Warner Bros , they got $40 mill from our financial genius Key, on two movies that will make WB $100s of millions. As they say the accountants  are the most creative people in Hollywood.

      • Mr_Blobby

        When you say financial genius do you mean Mr 10%

      • Boss Hogg

        Phut Phut, WB will spend $100’s of Millions before they get any payback, they take all the risk and if the first movie tanks at the box office the second one won’t get released and they will loose $100’s of millions.  On LOTR New Line basically bet the company on the first film after spending on three, the bet came off.

        WB got a tax break, but the still spend a huge amount in 2011 and 2012 in the NZ economy – this is fact and it is happening.  I know, I get some of it as do many other suppliers, crew, hotels, rental firms, etc etc.

    • starboard

      Thats right. We pay 50 million a year to fund maori tv. There viewership is about 4000. What a rort. Close off the funding and let it stand on its own 2 feet..watch it die within a week. As said , 1.5 mill is chicken feed.

  • Detcom20

    nz hasn’t got any talent… just remembering nz idol is painful

  • Mully

    Did we *do* one of these “talent” shows a while back?

    Frankly, the first half-a-dozen episodes of these things are hysterical for the lack of talent. To my mind, 1.6m is a great investment.

  • jay cee

    back in the 60s it  was called “have a shot” with variations thereof down the years.all with one thing in common,embarrassing no talents. 1.6 mil wasted. if you want to make a fool of yorself on tv pay, for it yourself.

  • parorchestia

    Please, no.  I won’t be able to stand it.  Not if its is like “Have a Shot.”  This unlamented programme only discovered John Hoare who would have built his career anyway.  More typical was the farcical “eccentric dance,” done solemnly by an overweight and extremely ugly and ungainly ancient. 

    We need the state “give away” organisations, such as the Arts Council and NZ On Air, to be reorganised.  Do away with easy money.  Make the Board cough up a personal contribution for their decisions, which will be repaid if the work is “successful” such as being watched by at least as many viewers as the most popular imports.  Otherwise, their payments are forfeited.  Same with all grant administration bodies. Make them accountable.

    Our taxes would be low, wouldn’t they!