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Dumbass kiwis shafted by Avatar

Posted by te2ataria on January 24, 2010

sent by kiwi moviegoer from Dunedin

Avatar sales reach $1.6 billion, kiwis get one finger salute

The Government handed over nearly $45 million in taxpayer money to the film producers

NOT only NZ government handed over nearly $45 million in taxpayer money to the filmmakers, it’s now defending the scheme that threw away the much needed cash amid growing poverty in New Zealand.

Avatar recently dominated the Golden Globe awards, with sales of more than $1.6 billion. You would have thought the production company would have paid back the money with a fee or interest; they gave the one finger salute to New Zealanders, instead.

“Much of the digital post-production work was done in New Zealand via Weta Digital, and the makers received $44.69 million from the Large Budget Screen Production Grant (LBSPG).” Reports said.

The Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee [Brownnose] said today the grant delivered more than $307 million in tourist expenditure to the New Zealand economy.

“Attracting large budget film productions here offers wider benefits to the economy, including increased opportunities for New Zealanders as well as tourism benefits from having New Zealand locations shown to an international audience,” he said.

“Avatar has set a new standard for visual effects and this showcases our capability in what is a high value, high technology sector of our economy.”

Bullshit!

Mr Brownhead said overseas movie and television productions had spent at least $1.42 billion in New Zealand, and New Zealand government had paid out grants to film production companies worth $189.4 million, so far Year end June 2009).

Liar! How come 219,627 New Zealand Children live in poverty?

“New Zealand’s connection to the success of Avatar will continue to deliver huge benefits to the country and will help to attract more large budget productions here in the future.” Mr Brownnose said.

“The film includes a thank-you to the New Zealand Government in its credits.” He added.

Hey, not bad for $45 million!

Other films that have received grants in the year to June 30 2009 include Wolverine, Jumper, The Day the Earth Stood Still, They Came From Upstairs, Underworld 3 and Prince Caspian, as well as the latest in the Power Rangers television series, reports said.

Previously King Kong and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe were also made at New Zealand taxpayers expense.

Here’s another reason why ONE in SIX New Zealanders live in poverty. NZ government prefers foreign movies to food for the poor.

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NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletins # 32, 33, 34

Posted by te2ataria on January 24, 2010

NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletin # 32

Highly Contagious Mystery Bug Contaminating NZ Campsites

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really ought to know better NOT to, don’t use the camping sites!

Holiday From Hell. A highly contagious mystery bug alleged to be Gastrointestinal Norovirus is contaminating New Zealand campsites.

In the latest incident a Golden Bay camping ground was forced to close down and its campers quarantined on site after up to 150 campers were struck by vomiting and diarrhea as a result of the bug.

“Camper Gwyn Edwards told The Press his group of 10 adults and children had arrived at Golden Bay camping ground, north of Takaka, on Sunday, a week after the virus began appearing, but were not warned and all became sick.” NZPA reported.

“On Monday night quite a few people went down with it, and by Tuesday night it was like a war zone.”

He said the camp’s facilities were too inadequate and unable to cope without hot water or disinfectant.

“A  visited the Golden Bay Holiday Park at Tukurua Beach in the Tasman district on Wednesday, finding the campground’s facilities overwhelmed by up to 50 new cases of sickness in the camp, the Nelson Mail reported.”

Nearly all of the campers had experienced illness, as of posting, before the camp was finally closed to new arrivals.

The cause of the outbreak was not known but the virus [assuming it’s Norovirous] could spread through water,  a local health inspector, Dr Kiddle, was quoted as saying.

NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletin # 33

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really ought to know better NOT to, avoid ending up in the hospitals.

Death-pitals. Dunedin Hospital, Tokoroa Hospital, Taranaki Hospital, Thames Hospital and Whangarei Area Hospital have been struck by one or more highly infectious viruses.

An estimated two to three hundred patients and hospital staff have been quarantined in the past week.

http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/patients-isolated-bug-hits-hospital-3331069
http://www.3news.co.nz/Norovirus-bug-breakout-feared-at-second-hospital/tabid/423/articleID/137526/Default.aspx

NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletin # 34

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really ought to know better NOT to, try some New Zealand shellfish, not all shellfish are deadly here (!)

New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty health officials have issued a strong warning after up to eighty people fell ill from toxic shellfish poisoning.

“Medical Officer of Health Phil Shoemack says the risk has not gone away and two people have been admitted to hospital. At least another four people have been seen in Emergency Departments.” TV NZ reported.

“Dr Shoemack says there are anecdotal reports of others getting sick with classic paralytic shellfish poisoning symptoms of numbness and tingling round the mouth.”

Blog can confirm that the reports are true, rather than merely “anecdotal”

The area affected by paralytic shellfish poisoning runs from Tairua on the Coromandel, all the way south of the Bay of Plenty including Whakatane rivermouth.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/toxic-shellfish-warning-bay-plenty-3338806

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