Bludging filmmaking ratbags

They are worse than bloody farmers. Look at all these calls for increased subsidies.

Hundreds of jobs are disappearing from the film industry as big foreign productions go elsewhere, with many saying a drawn-out government review of incentives is to blame.

“The reality is without (competitive) incentives people don’t come here and it’s a matter of time before businesses fold.”

After a two-year review, the Government last month opted not to increase the 15 per cent grant available for large-budget productions – an incentive used by several countries to entice foreign productions because of the economic benefits they generate.

Since setting its rebate in 2007, New Zealand has fallen behind rivals including Britain, Canada, Australia and South Africa – and they are now getting films that would otherwise have come here. 

“The headline incentive is the first aspect of business attention,” says leading producer Chloe Smith, while the higher value of the kiwi dollar and limited indoor shooting facilities in Auckland also contribute.

David Rowell, co-owner of StudioWest, says inquiries from producers seeking space have plunged from two or three a day a few years ago to as few as one a month. “I think the Government’s really got it wrong here.”

The decision to leave the rebate at 15 per cent ignored the recommendations of industry bodies Film NZ and Film Auckland and Ateed, the Auckland Council’s economic development body. Auckland industry leaders have met Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce seeking transitional arrangements to help the sector to adjust.


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  • blueballs

    Maybe it’s the delayed hangover from that shortsighted some may say blind Helen keller union moles unnecessary interference in the industry. She sure got her piss flaps caught in her own mouse trap there.

  • Jonathan Pull

    So we gave the hobbit plenty of subsidies and changed a few laws, other productions have seen how we can be pushed around and are asking for more. Should we really be surprised?

  • DLNZ

    Get on the blower to Robyn Malcolm. She’ll know what to do. Not.

  • Mr_V4

    Rebate is the new subsidy. They never answer the question, if a rebate is so good for one industry, then why not do it for all industries.

    • AngryTory

      Yep it’s called TAX CUTS.

      the solution is simple – just abolish business taxes altogether.

      • philbest

        Couldn’t agree more. It is the ultimate spite tax, to take profits off businesses before they have even decided whether to distribute them as actual INCOME to actual people, or reinvest them in growing the business. Taxing profits reinvested in business is like taxing the single means of economic growth – not exactly the economically cleverest policy.

    • philbest


      Problem is that the sheeple never see the incremental gains all over the economy from a tax cut, but they do see what happens to one industry or firm. Creative destruction sure has the odds stacked against it as a democratically viable policy platform.

  • andrew carrot

    Please, please, please – deny subsidies to “Shortland Street” and its ilk, along with any creepy talent show, esp any involving food, singing, carpentry, restaurant management, or westies.