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Archive for October, 2010

On The Hobbit finale

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Great. The Hobbit stays here. Everyone’s happy about that – you, me, John Key, Robyn Malcolm…we’re all so very happy, at least until we look at what the government has given away. Sir Peter Jackson is happy because he is spared from living in Ireland or Budapest for the ...

On the Latest stage of The Hobbit drama

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

So, according to Sir Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens all that Warners are asking for in an uncertain world is certainty. A surety that no sudden outburst of labour unrest will plague The Hobbit in the coming eighteen months. Since the union has given that assurance and lifted its ...

Gordon Campbell on The Hobbit countdown to D-Day

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

At his post Cabinet press conference last week, Prime Minister John Key was asked (by me) whether the government-convened talks to keep The Hobbit in this country had included the possibility of raising the level of film production subsidies available in New Zealand. “No,” Key replied, “that hasn’t been on ...

On the Government’s bogus victory over price increases

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Out in the real world, it is hard to see why anyone would want to take credit for the current state of the economy. Economic growth is barely registering a pulse, and unemployment is forecast to stay above 5% for the foreseeable. Government policy is failing young people in particular ...

On aged care, and the Len Brown, Celia Wade-Brown triumphs

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Greens/Labour Party investigation of conditions in the aged care sector in New Zealand paints a hair-raising picture of this country’s quality of care for the elderly. To date, the greying of our population and the care of the aged has been seen as a profit opportunity for the private ...

Gordon Campbell: Key’s backbone problem with China

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

On the evidence of the past week, New Zealand has a Prime Minister who seems chronically unable to stand up for himself – or this country – on points of principle. First we had John Key’s non-reaction (during his Breakfast TV interview) to Paul Henry’s racist comments about the Governor-General, ...

On the Paul Henry saga

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So far, the penalties levied on Paul Henry’s have gone no further than a two week suspension for his on air querying of whether Kiwis of Indian descent look like New Zealanders, talk like New Zealanders or really are New Zealanders. Yet until the Indian government complained about the ...

Gordon Campbell on the end game for The Hobbit

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The two main issues that will decide Warners’ decision about where to shoot The Hobbit are both inching towards a resolution. Neither involve the actors’ union dispute which has always been a sideshow – mainly because the cost of reaching a compromise deal on wages and conditions would be chump ...