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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.”


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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2 Responses to “Dumbass kiwis shafted by Avatar”

  1. artline said

    They need a new Lord of the Rings to pull in the tourist bucks.

    • te2ataria said

      The legacy that tourist leave behind far outweighs ANY benefit. Any way, the lion’s share of tourist money goes to major corporations such as the government, airlines, etc.

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