NZ may lose Hobbit filming over actor...

NZ may lose Hobbit filming over actor dispute

There are 7 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 21, 2010, titled NZ may lose Hobbit filming over actor dispute. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

In this photo taken June 28, 2010, a sculpture of Gollum, the villainous "Lord of the Rings" hobbit, stands in front of a welcome sign, in Hobbiton Town, Matamata, New Zealand.

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monroe

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Oct 21, 2010
With production moving from New Zealand, that $500 million will be gone really fast!
Someone inside

New Zealand

#2 Oct 21, 2010
Not really surprising considering the attitudes of:
Government – The tax incentives offered or not that attractive to even bring in major global investment let alone big block buster movie productions. If the government really wants to bring in that level of money they need to review their tax rules to make NZ a lot more attractive from a financial perspective. A lot of countries offer really great tax cuts to the film industry and that’s why Hollywood shoot their movies there. The problem here is purely greed. From a council perspective its expensive as permits need to be obtained, resource consents obtained and police permits granted. All of this is thwart with endless New Zealand style procedure driven red tape contradicting rules and senseless regulations which can differ from council to council
Unions – While they are a necessary evil, just as politicians are and about as useful as a garden gnome, they are good to have around to protect the little guy. The problem is in NZ the unions are weak and the only time anyone really ever hears of them is when then is a self serving need aAs is the case of the Hobbit. Unemployment is at a high atm and the production was really needed to boost the economy and the employment sector.
Companies and corporations – Do business with a NZ company once and its all bells and whistles and the red carpet get thrown out for you. Come round 2 and the attitude has now changed as they feel that you need them more than the company needs you as you are coming to them yet again. Customer service is as foreign a term as speaking Icelandic, and after sales service is a big no no and once the deal is done and the bill is paid the mentality is why we should spend any more time or money on the client with after sales customer satisfaction. Big time fail. The flp side to the coin is again government issues, as doing business in New Zealand is very expensive thank to the over regulation by the government and all its various departments that want a piece of your profits. As if paying tax wasn’t enough already. Its all greed again
NZ and Peter Jackson pulled off the Lord of the Rings and now have a big headed approach to the entire scenario.
Hopefully NZ have learnt a lesson from all this, being that NZ is a really small country and cannot go head to head with first world countries as NZ is not one and hopefully they main lesson NZ has learnt is never assume that you are holding all the Ace's because someone might have more up their sleeve than you have in your hand
Sambling

Wellington, New Zealand

#3 Oct 24, 2010
The actors should have gone on strike halfway through the film. Then they would have had the power like the teachers. I bet some of those jobs for smaller characters could have gone on my site http://www.jobs4teens.co.nz . So Its a complete loose for NZ. You always go on strike when you have the power. We can't just send our children to india to go to school or go to a doctors checkup in Thailand. YOU NEED THE POWER!
funny

Auckland, New Zealand

#4 Oct 24, 2010
f.ckoff who wants to watch a 5 hour film,take the f..king thing an dump it in the harbour
BlackJackBigKOk

Belmont, Australia

#5 Oct 25, 2010
we only interested in rugby union fork the arts!Gay shit all that shit! Only time we would spend 5 houres is shagging a beatiful young sheeps, what say u cus!
mmmmmmmmm

New Zealand

#6 Oct 25, 2010
BlackJackBigKOk wrote:
we only interested in rugby union fork the arts!Gay shit all that shit! Only time we would spend 5 houres is shagging a beatiful young sheeps, what say u cus!
You got a beautiful one for rent?
Sambling

Belmont, Australia

#7 Oct 25, 2010
mmmmmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>You got a beautiful one for rent?
I will bend over and you can rent me for free!

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