Peter Jackson slams the unions as OIA docs are released

Peter Jackson has slammed the unions in a press release today after OIA documents were released today over the Hobbit deal:

WingNut Films welcomes the release of documents pertaining to the industrial action that was initiated by the Australian based trade union, the MEAA, against the film production of The Hobbit in 2010.

Whilst we would not personally seek to re-litigate this issue, it is our hope that these documents will lead to a better understanding of the events as they unfolded. 

We also hope the release of these documents will put to rest the unfounded conspiracy theories that sought to characterize these events as a Hollywood studio dictating terms to a sovereign government – a charge that is as spurious now as it was then.

These papers reflect the intense stress we, as filmmakers, were under finding the future of our films suddenly under threat by unjustified industrial action – a crisis that quickly lead to the very real possibility that Warner Bros would have no choice but to pull The Hobbit out of New Zealand.

I don’t think Jackson could have been any blunter, except perhaps to say unions are pricks. The emails show that Jackson considered Simon Whipp, the Aussie unionist a “snake”.

Jackson said he believed Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) union boss Simon Whipp was attempting to derail the production.

He said the Government had “engaged with a snake, who now feels quite fearless”.

“He is in revenge mode, intent on inflicting as much damage as he can to our film, our film industry, to our country,” Jackson wrote.

“I really can’t tale [sic] much more of this toxic nonsense. All I want to do is make films! I haven’t been able to think about the movie for 3 weeks.

“Warners are coming down mid-week – I hope you can all sit in a room and get a positive result.”

In another email the same day Jackson and his partner, Fran Walsh, said Whipp had “played us for fools”.

Here is a reminder of Simon Whipp and his silence after trying to rat fuck kiwi jobs. Note he was helped by harridan Robyn Malcolm and Helen Kelly.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    Why are unions even lawful these days?

    • BW_Lord

      Because no one has got the balls to do anything about it?

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      You would be banging your head when Helen Kelly becomes Minister of Labour in Sheep’s 2014 government…….

      • Gazzaw

        That isn’t even remotely funny Sir C.

  • mick le prick

    Robyn Malcolm deluded fool but then she is a Gween fan and in bed with them so what else would we expect. i hate to amit it i did enjoy the 1st episode of her new tv show but the 2nd episode i had to turn off.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Personally I haven’t seen any of Robyn Malcolm s current stuff, it is a little bit boring and dull.

      Waiting for the next installment of the Almighty Johnson’s.

      Q: Whats the difference between Unions and Parasites?

      A: Parasites don’t kill the Host.

  • Bart67

    Well, the more we find out about this deal, the more we should realise that not only did John Key Manage to save the Hobbit, he also protected NZ unions from the frankly predatory actions of the Australian Unions, which given how much excrement they are in at the moment across the Tasman must surely be a good thing!

  • Fred

    As I have said: Rabbits, possums, gorse and unions all need to be eradicated to ensure a more productive NZ Inc. Rabbits destroy our pastures, possums spread TB and eat our beautiful pohutukawas, gorse is the nastiest novious weed and Unions destroy inclusive business cultures and open employment relationships!

  • williamabong

    Hope all manner of shit rains down round Kelly, real bugger that her lying arse has been caught, btw still no show on the package, cat got your tounge, perhaps she’s one of the top earners, Busted

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      potential Labour Minister in 2014….

  • Whafe

    We can only hope that this is a wee lesson to the Pinko’s re the destructive nature of Unions full stop. And the pinko’s believe they help the employment and forward momentum of the country…
    Bunch of idiots…

    • rangitoto

      Remember the BNZ fiasco with the boilermakers union in the 70’s and 80’s forced the construction industry to switch to inferior reinforced concrete instead of steel frames. You can probably blame the unions for most of the deaths in the CHC earthquake.

      • Patrick

        Mangere bridge? wasn’t it 10 years to construct?

  • Hang him

    Can we ban this prick Whipp from NZ as an economic terrorist, he was attempting to destroy the NZ economy. Same as any of those nutters from Wogastan.

    • Vlad

      He resigned from the toxic MEAA more than a year ago & disappeared from google without trace. We should hope & expect never to be seen again. This was a deserved PR disaster for the union movement in NZ – let’s hope that they rise from the crypt in the next few days and try and defend their wretched behaviour for all NZ to see.

      • Patrick

        On that note what are the chances of the leftie whiner John Campbell getting Helen Kelly on for an interview to explain her attempted act of sabotage?

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    It is time Kiwis wake up to the nastiness of the unions and land a crushing defeat for the party of the unions, the Labour communists. If Naked Emperor and his cronies get re-elected in 2014, following good things will happen:

    1. After being in opposition for so long and no chance of tasting free tax payers’ money, the toxic Greens will explode and splinter

    2. Labour will break up and be leaderless

    3. NZ First will be history and the party will be shut down

    4. Finally NZ will start to go forward

    • sheppy

      I truly hope you are right on all of those!

    • unitedtribes

      Hopefully abandoning MMP

      • StupidDiscus

        And abandoning the universal franchise: no representation without nett taxation!

    • Meg

      And back in the real world… 2014 will more than likely see a Labour Greens government and NZ will be rid of this lying worthless National Government.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Yes for sure in Planet Labour Meg. How can you live in NZ if Norman becomes the Deputy PM and Finance Minister? We will be a joke while he prints and floods the street with paper money which will be worth nothing.

    • Dave

      SCS To Point 1) Labour is leaderless now, Shearer…… Cunnliffe, the lady in waiting, no leaders there at all. I think Hulun had balls, but thats not nice on a er….. women.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        What about Jacinda Ardern Dave? My spies tell me, she will be Deputy to Grant after a coup attempt in December 2013 when Sheep’s popularity hits rock bottom.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    So Foghorn Leghorn and his mates are turning up next week, Sir Peter comes on all emotional.

    Methinks there is a pleading for taxpayers cash in the wind to get the next in the series off the ground.

    • Patrick

      I would rather the taxpayer support Peter Jackson than a bunch of layabout pissdrunk stoned welfare bludgers – at least we get to see some result from paying Jackson welfare. We get naff all back from the billions currently spent propping up the country’s losers.

      • Anonymouse Coward

        It would be interesting listening to Jackie Dean the National member for Waitaki explaining how it was OK to spend taxpayers money on luvies jobs in Wellington but woollen mill workers in Oamaru just have to suck it up.

        • Marc Williams

          That’s a good and fair point AC, but I would guess it was something to do with Jackson making a significant financial return, whereas the Woollen Mill was making unsustainable losses. Can you tell us what was the final reason that they pulled the plug in Oamaru, because it is indeed a tragedy for us all.

          • Ronnie Chow

            Economics , same as the movie . Otherwise we would all be driving a Trekka.

        • Hazards001

          Not one cent of taxpayers money was spent..unless I missed something?

        • StupidDiscus

          woollen mill workers in Oamaru – communist unionists.

          nuff said.

        • Dave

          Hmm since a lot of the hobbit was filmed just south of there, they could have been extras.

        • Dave

          AC Think back, I had a lot of family holidays in Oamaru staying with relatives. It is a skeleton of what it was, the wharf – almost deserted, Regina is long gone, the woolen mills are gone now. The Oamaru Mail is almost the last frontier, along with the Oamaru stone quarry. Recent developments -don’t overlook MacRaes and oh, the Holciem development which will bring approx. 200 jobs, which is massive for N.O. Think of the economic cycles, and local development, Oamaru have opportunities (Little blue penguins), but ultimately, the modern transport and costs of operating means Oamaru’s port is disadvantaged compared to Dunedin, 120K’s away, and Timaru’s port Caroline. People the world over experience this, they adapt or move. I’m sure there are a few local and government incentives with the Holciem plant!! They HAVE had their share.

      • Dave

        Here is another perspective, living in Aussie. Friends and work colleagues talk a lot about “The Hobbit” they also mention how beautiful NZ looks, and how they long to go there, the trailer is fantastic they say. A close friend saw the Hobbit, they have booked a holiday to NZ as a result. Keys Hobbit deal goes far beyond Jobs, it is a gift that keeps giving – TOURISM. Makes a Kiwi living in Aussie proud, and the Aussies don’t give you moments like that often!

        • Patrick

          Agree – I am in Aus as well. Movies like the Hobbit are fantastic for promoting NZ & are certainly welcome relief from having to sit through rugby commentaries from “Kearnsie”, “Marto” & “Timmy Horan”. Key’s national cycleway may be a crock of shite but using Peter Jackson to promote tourism is a masterstroke. Like I said much better use of taxpayers dollars than pissing it up against the wall aka welfare.

          • Dave

            Or pissing it up against a wall of the Tupperware Waka. What is the return on that ????

          • Patrick

            That is also welfare or otherwise known as brownmail. The price Key pays to do business with Maori. Unfortunately it does not buy loyalty & only encourages further brownmailing – wait until the next election & see what the two major parties offer for the support from a minority party like the Maori Party. MMP at its’ finest. Just look at the deal Winston struck in 2005, Foreign Affairs Minister, Minister for Racing & of course the bridge in Tauranga that was destined to be tolled suddenly was built without the need for tolls. We call ourselves a democracy but that is not the case since MP was instigated.

    • Auto_Immune

      “off the ground”? Both 2 & 3 are in post-production.

    • onelaw4all

      Which taxpayers’ cash are you talking about?

  • Changeiscoming

    If you support this vote Labour and the Greens!

  • steve and monique

    Union assholes,and their supporters could have ruined the film industry in NZ.Hey Labour what side were you on?.

    • Lofty

      Ask those labour hypocrites that walked the red carpet on their greasy way to the premier.

  • StupidDiscus

    Cops. Glocks. Problem solved.

  • Phar Lap

    Yet leading the Lie-bour Party Channel alias TVNZ NEWS the message was that Jackson got it all wrong.They even had a union sycophant on, telling us lies as usual.Wonder they didnt drag up flap jaw Kelly from the Kelly union masquerading as CTU.

  • Meg

    What this shows is how willing this government is willing to sell this country down the stream, laws and all.

    This is just another example of the disgusting behavior of this government, the latest being their screw up of the Solid Energy mess and how they are trying to blame everyone for THEIR screw up.

    The sooner this government is gone the better NZ will be for it.

    • Pissedoffyouth

      Do you even read? It clearly shows the UNIONS are trying to block NZ from developing, this has nothing to do with the government selling assets.

      The Greens want to give R&D subsidies, what is the difference if both provide jobs?

    • 4077th

      If you love socialism so much go live in China and see how long you last there. People like you are the reason people like me vote National…god forbid if you ever had any influence Meg we would all be driving Ladas and paying 60% income tax. Get a grip or get lost!

    • TeacherUnionsRscum

      Did you even pause for a second before hitting the comments?