Key will sell NZ to movie makers
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 6:05p.m.
By Patrick Gower
The Prime Minister is off to Hollywood to sell this country as a destination for movie making.
But John Key's critics say his trip's a bad look, coming as it does after the Kim Dotcom affair where New Zealand bent over backwards to help the US authorities arrest Dotcom for intellectual property theft.
“Some would say this is pretty bad timing,” says Mr Key. “I’d say it’s excellent timing.”
That's because Mr Key is there to drum up business. He will visit the six major Hollywood studios.
The American film industry is worth $387 million a year to the economy here.
The 48-hour trip includes a private dinner hosted by James Cameron, director of Avatar.
To Hollywood, Dotcom is public enemy number one. Megaupload is accused of piracy, costing copyright holders half a billion dollars. Mr Key will also meet with the Motion Picture Association of America, which called Dotcom a career criminal.
“These very people are the ones that were pushing for Dotcom's extradition, and in New Zealand we pride ourselves on being independent,” says Labour Party leader David Shearer.
Dotcom is not impressed, tweeting that the visit was about "getting paid for the raid".
“There's at least an appearance of impropriety by visiting Hollywood during this very sensitive time,” says Dotcom’s US lawyer.
New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters believes Mr Key has discussed Dotcom's case before when he met Warner Brothers in Los Angeles in July last year.
“You tell me that these people from Hollywood, jealous as they are about their copyright, patent rights and royalty rights, and the fact of the threat that hundreds of millions, or possibly billions being lost to them, would not have been raised with Mr Key,” says Mr Peters.
And the Greens had a script suggestion, based on one of Mr Key's favourite movies, spy caper Johnny English.
“Apparently John Key's favourite movie is Johnny English,” says Green Party co-leader Russel Norman. “Maybe Key is there to pitch a sequel, called The Kim Dotcom Affair. Maybe that's what he'll be pitching to the Hollywood directors. Does John Key want to star as some kind of bumbling inspector?”
Mr Key goes to Hollywood, but no one knows how the Dotcom movie is going to end.
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7/10/2012 10:30:15 p.m.
Accused criminal, Mike. The "continent" specifically containing Hong Kong is a fines matter, the same as if you forgot to file your gst return. In Europe he has a clean slate so you are in contempt of those countries' laws and Courts to say what you say. The dream land that you live in where you may defame someone like you do doesn't exist any more. You could be prosecuted from there if we had a similar penalty. You could be be prosecuted anyway but not extradited
7/10/2012 3:17:42 p.m.
Lyall, he's sold out already. Did you not hear that Steve Wozniak applied for Australian citizenship, despite intending to live in NZ? Whatever this dirty little deal involving whisking Dotcom and his friends to the States is about, it has already cost potentially billions of dollars, as there will not be many in the IT innovation arena queuing up for citizenship here while Key, English, and most of the Executive staff could interfere with their entrepreneurial endeavors
7/10/2012 10:26:08 a.m.
Yes I am sure the headlines are true - John Key will sell NZ for sure - what is the price I wonder.
3/10/2012 3:07:26 p.m.
what's potential for new zealand anyways? it only has good looking landscape and it should be distination to film movie. without travelers, international students , new zealand's economy will shut down instantly. thats for sure
3/10/2012 11:13:00 a.m.
It makes me sick how our own prime minister can publicly show disregard for our nations sovereignty. It borders close to treason.
2/10/2012 5:29:33 p.m.
Let him go wrote:
This time he should take Bill English with him. The last thing we need is another illegal warrant issued in his absence.
2/10/2012 4:46:36 p.m.
...According to neurosynaptic activity the prime minister was up late last night. He was thinking. He was thinking about Hollywood. In Hollywood he could forget the unfolding GCSB crisis. Somebody else would have to deal with John Banks and the donations he had accepted from an internet upstart that the US federal government wanted to extradite. In Hollywood he could pretend the Maori Party never existed and that he was Marlon Brando. Hollywood could heal everything, including the growing sensation he was being remotely screwed by an anonymous intelligence agency... (Any resemblance to real events or living people is purely coincidental. Preview is an independent plot forecaster and reserves the right to protection from liability or damages associated with early release, trailer spoiling or copyright infringement of the prime minister's deliberation).
2/10/2012 3:00:00 p.m.
Dotcrim has a criminal record on 2 continents Dennis, with extradition to a 3rd.If that doesn't spell INTERNATIONAL CRIMMINAL - what does?
2/10/2012 12:11:57 p.m.
Key is now regarded as NZ's most out of touch PM. Dotcom has exposed his true ignorance of his job. He had no idea Dotcom was in his electorate. No idea he was an NZ citizen. He doesn't read reports or listen to his electorate. Whether he is unethical as well depends on whether you think laws should be altered to sponsor links with the alcohol and gambling industries.
2/10/2012 8:52:07 a.m.
Mike. I've said it before, but you don't seem to return to your comments once you've left the. You are not allowed to call people criminals unless they have a criminal record. It is against the law
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