Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Hollywood cheques suggests Steven Joyce never left

Responding to revelations that the Government rejected advice to cap film subsidies after meeting with Sir Peter Jackson, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:

“Labour’s failure to curb National’s out-of-control film subsidies proves that corporate welfare is a sickness of both the left and the right. It seems no Minister can resist the allure of Hollywood star power and shiny film studios.”

“When in opposition, Labour rightly joined the Taxpayers’ Union in criticising Steven Joyce for his hands-on style of corporate welfare. With the Prime Minister now taking the taxpayer chequebook to meetings with Peter Jackson it’s like Mr Joyce never left.”

“The folly of this policy is simple – using taxpayer money, the government is trying to outbid other governments offering similar subsidies. We cannot win these bidding wars forever. The Screen Production Grant needs to be not just capped, but scrapped, before it grows into a black hole for taxpayer cash.”

“The only good news here is that this information was made public at all. It appears MBIE and Weta have tried every trick in the book to keep this information quiet. Taxpayers owe New Zealand Herald’s Matt Nippert enormous thanks for exposing the extent of these handouts.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

The Government has announced additional measures to prevent and reduce homelessness focused on ensuring at-risk individuals and whānau have access to stable housing and continue to stay housed.

Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies.

The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

 

Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels