I don’t begrudge the cash stumped up to help make the Hobbit trilogy. It’s nice to have NZ actors on screen, the booootiful scenery and all those design geeks getting employment. Who doesn’t want that? Chuck in a few academy awards, Peter Jackson able to afford a private jet and Wellington feeling self important and the $200million in taxpayer subsidies seems like a steal doesn’t it?
What I detest is the $32.5million we had to give Warner Bros while changing our employment law to give them that $200million. Allowing Key to manufacture a crisis with The Hobbit so he could bash the Unions and blame them seems like one hell of a cost for 3 mediocre films.
When Key blamed the Unions, he had no choice but to hand over more money to Warner Bros when they came to town. So much for his great deal making skills, by putting so much political stock into bashing the Unions he effectively told Warner Bros to name their price.
Still, Wellington got to feel special, and that’s what matters eh?
I wonder if the Warner Bros Executives laughed and called us Shire Folk when they flew back to Hollywood on their corporate jet as they popped the champagne bottles.