Steve continues his socialist ways

More Hollywood blockbusters could be made in New Zealand as the screen sector receives a $300 million boost from the upcoming Budget.

Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s first Budget, to be announced on May 25, will allocate $240m over the next four years to help bring international productions to New Zealand.

A further $63.9m is being committed to ensure the domestic component of the New Zealand screen production grant continues.

Why not $14m over three years to ensure right-wing blogs continue to prosper?    What is it about movies?

Revenue generated by New Zealand film production doubled in 2016, thanks to a bounce-back by Wellington’s movie sector.

Films such as Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson​, and the remake of Pete’s Dragon helped the screen industry generate revenue of $3.3 billion last year, up 3 per cent on 2015. Of that, film production revenue doubled to more than $1b.

New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Dave Gibson believed the current good health of the industry led to the funding boost, to ensure the momentum was kept up.

It appears things are going well and there is no need for taxes to be spent so that private companies can return larger dividends to their shareholders.


– Stuff

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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.