February 12, 2020
Jacinda Ardern questioned about filming subsidies
An article by Matt Nipple published in the Herald has once again sparked discussion regarding whether the film industry incentives are justifiable compared to other New Zealand industries.
Hayley Holt interviews Jacinda Ardern on the Breakfast show. Most of the show is about Waitangi Day, but around 7:43 am (at 1:16:00), they talk about Jacinda's position on the topic.
Jacinda explains, "Treasury do not like incentive regimes. Fullstop. And as I've said, this is ultimately just an industry where if you don't have them, you don't exist."
She continues in support of our film industry by clarifying, "I should just acknowledge the way our incentive regime works; is you get a rebate on what you spend in NZ. So it's all based on if you spend a certain amount, you get a rebate on that, so it requires investment in NZ in order to qualify for that rebate scheme".
You can watch the full interview here