I’m a Matamata girl, well I was born and raised in Walton to be precise, about 10 kms north of Matamata.
The whole Hobbit thing has been great for my home town and I too am an advocate of it continuing to be filmed there. But there are other small people who are endangered in Matamata and I expect they will be asking for tax-payer hand-out to keep their multi-million industry and its associated jobs going.
I’m talking about the racing industry ( although it is of course true that those who work in the industry are not all small).
Thanks to this Government’s economic mismanagement, the racing industry is really struggling. And to make matters worse, the additional funding put in by Labour when Winston Peters was Minister of Racing was stripped away by National this racing season because the country couldn’t afford it.
What a slap in the face to that industry to see that suddenly, the country could afford it when Warner Bros rolled into town.
How come an American corporate entity deserves tax-payer subsidy, but a home-grown industry employing thousands year after year doesn’t?
And are there more deserving cases who could have done with the $33m without selling our independance as a country down the tubes, demanding changes to domestic law without seeking the opinions of New Zealanders via a select committee process?