NZSO should be axed

Axing the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is one of four options being put forward in the face of falling ticket sales for performances.

The Culture and Heritage Ministry today released a new discussion paper looking at the future of orchestras in New Zealand, amid concerns that falling ticket sales and rising Government funding were making the sector unsustainable.

New Zealand has four regional orchestras, in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Southland, as well the national touring orchestra.

The paper reviewed growing concerns about falling audience numbers for orchestral performances, which have dropped from 645,746 in 2007 to 434,811 in 2010.

The minimum taxpayer subsidy for some liberal elite wanker to go to the NZSO is $160. That’s the minimum for someone in the expensive seats. Cheap seats the subsidy is a lot higher.

National gets all het up about welfare bludgers but we never seem to get around to stopping the arts and culture welfare, where those who can afford the most keep sticking their bludging hands out.

It beats me how we can pay $160 a ticket for the liberal elite wankocracy to indulge their passion, yet we can’t find $160 to give poor school kids books and other school materials that may give a poor kid a chance of making it good.

If there was a market for live music people wouldn’t need a $160 a seat subsidy to go. And Brian Rudman’s theatre would pay its own way rather than going on the bludge.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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