The Hobbit

Key opposes rule changes to allow elevation of Helen Kelly to sainthood

John  Key has said the rules shouldn’t be changed as Media party and SJB pressure mounts to force changes in the rules of New Zealander of the Year.

Prime Minister John Key sympathises with the organisations running New Zealander of the Year and the difficulty awarding it to Helen Kelly posthumously.

A petition to reinstate the former union leader’s nomination is gathering pace after she received 108 of the 375 nominations for the annual accolade.

However, Kelly died of lung cancer earlier this month, aged 52, and the award isn’t given posthumously.

Key told Paul Henry it was a “tough” decision because if you give the award to someone who has already passed away, “where does that lead?”     Read more »

Never listen to unionists, especially Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly vehemently opposed the filming of The Hobbit in New Zealand.

She nearly got her way with her henchmen from Australia.

But, over 300,000 visitors went to Matamata last year as a result of the Hobbit movies.

Matamata’s Hobbiton movie set last night hosted a group of international cruise customers accompanied by some Hobbit cast and crew.

Crystal Cruises chose Hobbiton to host its 25th anniversary celebrations for 500-plus clientele, with organisers hoping it will help put New Zealand on the world stage.

Hobbit actors Mark Hadlow, John Callen, Jed Brophy and Peter Hambleton mingled with the passengers on their guided 1.2km trek around the movie set.

Hobbiton has come a long way since it opened in December 2002 by hosting a half-full 12-seater van.    Read more »

Who’s number one?


No not blogging…the number one country in the world, the hottest country to visit right now?

New Zealand is the hottest country in the world right now, according to Virtuoso — a network of luxury travel advisors and travel providers. Using data from its worldwide travel agency members, Virtuoso tracked the destinations experiencing the largest year-over-year growth, based on $32 billion in client transactions.

It’s no surprise that this Kiwi country topped Virtuoso’s Hot List, given its exposure in movies like “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” — and its untouched beauty. “There is a race towards trying to get to some of the more pristine places because of the rise in mass tourism and globalization,” said Virtuoso chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch.


1. New Zealand (+ 196%)

Far out-pacing the numbers of any other country on this list, with a staggering 196 percent increase in spending, New Zealand swept Virtuoso’s Hot List. And with the upcoming release of the latest installment of “The Hobbit,” expect “Middle Earth” to continue its global domination.

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Labour relaunches their Hobbit Hater policy

Labour has re-launched their Hobbit Hater policy at the behest of the unions, proving that their investment in purchasing David Cunliffe and the 20% vote for the leadership has provided a cash for policy arrangement that is giving their leaders sticky knickers.

The Labour Party wants to repeal the law changes that were ceded to Warner Bros over The Hobbit films, a move which the Government says would cripple the $3 billion screen industry.

Labour leader David Cunliffe and MP Andrew Little launched the party’s work and wages policy yesterday, which included a boost to the minimum wage, and a commission of inquiry into workplace conditions.

Here’s an idea…why don;t they just declare a wages crisis, and in short order National will fix the problem. Seems to have worked for manufacturing and housing…it’s worth a crack.

So Labour wants to kill off the film industry in NZ, Dotcom’s party just wants to steal it, and the Greens want to destroy the oil and gas industry.

They really are the wrecking ball of the NZ economy.

But wait it gets worse…Labour also wants to kill jobs.  Read more »

And to think Labour and the unions didn’t want the movies here

I wonder if Helen Kelly or the political branch of the CTU would care to comment, that is the ones that aren’t holidaying after being back at work for two weeks.

The Hobbit movies have injected a massive boost into tourism.

Middle-earth marketing of New Zealand has spurred on “remarkable” growth in overseas tourism, new research says.

A report just released by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) found that Hobbit-inspired marketing of New Zealand attractions had helped push the growth of the tourism industry beyond any projections.  Read more »

Those goddamn Hobbit movies – keeping too many Kiwis employed & regional economies vibrant

The opposition parties objected tot he making of the Hobbit in NZ, the unions tried to stop after being hijacked by Aussie union bosses.

The movies however continue to deliver, keeping Kiwis employed and regional economies vibrant.

The lure of Middle-earth is helping sway increasing numbers of tourists to make the long journey to New Zealand.

Visitor arrivals in February were the highest ever for the month, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday, with the 301,200 visitors being about seven per cent more than February 2013.

Although arrivals from China and Hong Kong were down due to the earlier Chinese New Year, there were more from Australia, the United States and Germany.

The 2.77 million visitors who arrived in the year ended February was also up about seven per cent.  Read more »

Billy Connolly on The Hobbit and Parkinson’s

Ah, Billy. Age is catching up my friend…

Bludging filmmaking ratbags still sticking their hands out

Subsidies are evil, no matter who gets them.

I fail to see why the tax breaks and law changes put in for The Hobbit weren’t able to flow through tot he rest of the economy. Surely if they are good for film-making then they are equally good for other industries.

Governments should not be in the business of picking winners…as generally they pick losers…or worse the private owners pocket the corporate welfare when they sell out.

The Herald has a story of cry-baby film-workers.

New Zealand’s high exchange rate going back several years has been a big factor in the pull-out by foreign studios.   Read more »

The film that Helen Kelly and Labour didn’t want

Keeping in mind, most of the money was spent in New Zealand, this phenomenal success was well worth some tax and employment law changes.

Making the movie trilogy The Hobbit has cost more than half a billion dollars so far, double the amount spent on the three movies in the “The Lord of the Rings” series.

That figure includes the major 266 days of filming with actors that was completed last year, although it doesn’t include an additional two months or so of “pick-up” shoots done this year. There will likely also be additional post-production costs as the next two movies are completed.   Read more »

Hobbit Haters Will Hate This

The Labour party and the unions went out of their way to hate on The Hobbit.

To this day they accuse John Key of selling out our laws despite the massive benefits that have flowed as a result of the deal.

HOBBIT fans are helping New Zealand to a mini-tourism boom as they flock to the island country in search of locations used in the film.

Holiday arrivals for the first four months of this year were up 10 per cent compared with the same time last year following the first film in the trilogy’s release in December, International Visitor Arrivals data shows. More than 13 per cent of international visitors took in a Hobbit experience while in New Zealand, including group tours to film sites or visiting the Hobbiton set at Matamata, which gets more than 100,000 visitors each year.   Read more »