New Zealand’s Got Talent

February 25th, 2012 at 11:51 am by David Farrar

Yvonne Tahana at NZ Herald reports:

Public arts and culture funding to the tune of $1.6 million will partly pay for the New Zealand’s Got Talent reality television series.

Developed by Simon Cowell, the series is famous for discovering unlikely star Susan Boyle in the British series. It will screen on TV One.

Government agency New Zealand On Air said its support was a smart use of the public purse.

Chief executive Jane Wrightson said it was a “wonderful opportunity for many types of New Zealand performers to entertain a nationwide audience”.

I like the US and other country versions of the show. However I’m not convinced that a NZ version should be funded by . I suspect the show will be a ratings hit anyway. I’d much rather was funding shows like The Court Report. Of course to be fair to , TVNZ is refusing to apply for funding for shows that used to be on TVNZ7, because it doesn’t want to screen them on a weeknight. So the fault is not , but it does suggest the model needs looking at if taxpayer funding is going on shows such as New Zealand’s Got Talent.

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33 Responses to “New Zealand’s Got Talent”

  1. Scott Chris (6,177 comments) says:

    David Farrar says:- “However I’m not convinced that a NZ version should be funded by NZ on Air.”

    I agree. Why on earth would a ratings winner need subsidizing? Odd decision by NZ on air.

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  2. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    For some reason these shows leave me in mind of the Martha Mine at Waihi … 3 grams of gold per Tonne of rock.

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  3. ben (2,384 comments) says:

    All of the justifications are the same. “We are spending other people’s money on this because there are gross benefits if we do.”

    Yeah, no kidding. Heck give me $1.6 million and I’ll buy folks a bunch of ponies. There’s your benefits. Smart to spend taxpayer money this way? Uh no.

    The test for smart use if whether you get more than $1.6 million of benefits. And guess what, when economists look at a good deal of public spending, they find benefits are frequently outweighed by costs, sometimes by factors of 20 or more.

    It would be nice if the CEO of the funding agency could come up with a less dumb justification, or journalists could press her to produce an actual defence of this spending. Otherwise its just misspending.

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  4. Inky_the_Red (761 comments) says:

    I can’t understand why people like these programs. However some do
    I quite like this book on the subject which is hilarious
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chart-Throb-Ben-Elton/dp/059305749X

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  5. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    I understood that if NZ on Air funds something then they get a percentage of the profits. So hopefully they’ll make on this.

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  6. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    @tristanb – I think Simon Cowell has that under control… ie there will be no profit

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  7. Fletch (6,497 comments) says:

    Well, look at what happened when we did NZ Idol. OK, it was a hit, but it kind of petered out, and the Idol winners never really became stars.

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  8. kino flo (83 comments) says:

    My understanding is that, like Dancing with the Stars, the costs involved in making the programme for the small NZ domestic market mean that, despite being a likely ratings hit, the channel will make a loss without NZOA funding.

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  9. slightlyright (94 comments) says:

    WTF? I recall Prime / SKY did a NZ version a couple of years ago and sunk $1m plus into it fronted by the guy from the crowd goes wild and it was answered pretty conclusively that NZ doesn’t have talent!

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  10. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    waste of public money

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  11. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    New Zealand talent, they holding auditions in Sydney and Melborne are they?

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  12. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    Why is there an NZ on Air?

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  13. BlairM (2,365 comments) says:

    NZ On Air is one of these awful arms of the State that takes tax money from poor people and gives it to middle class snobs in the form of “worthy” television that nobody watches and doesn’t make money.

    Get rid of it. We already have a perfectly decent private sector not-for-profit broadcaster in Triangle TV, so anything else is superfluous and an immoral waste of public money.

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  14. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    The fact that NZ On Air is paying out 1.6 million dollars for a talent show seems to discredit your statement that NZ on Air gives money “…to middle class snobs in the form of worthy tealevision that nobody watches and doesn’t make money”, BlairM.

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  15. Johnboy (17,018 comments) says:

    We don’t need public TV. Folks who can’t afford pay TV aren’t rich enough to watch TV.

    They should be out doing a second job so they can pay their Sky subscriptions. :)

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  16. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    So this is what your grand children will be taking a second job to pay for. Obviously an ingenius use of public money.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  17. labours a joke (442 comments) says:

    Hell we blow 50 million a year on maori tv..whats another 1.6 million on something thats gona attract more viewers than the racist channel.

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  18. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    shut Maori TV we cannot afford it, Maori TV will not give consular help to those who need it

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  19. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    I may be wrong, but doesn’t Maori TV get its funding because of some Treaty of Waitangi agreement?
    If that’s the case it might explain why TVNZ8 has gone (now a “yoof” channel) and TVNZ7 is about to get the chop, but Maori TV remains.

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  20. Steve (4,592 comments) says:

    $50M is enough to brainwash the public that NZ has talent and IDOLS.
    Treaty Of Waitangi means you must have Maori Idols or you are racist

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  21. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    There will be neither art nor culture on that programme.

    A nasty local copy of a programme that’s already been spectacularly shit in Britain and North America… Why? Just why?

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  22. Tautaioleua (318 comments) says:

    Why do we always opt for recycled American television hits? surely we have the innovation to come up with our own products for the television set?

    Like Australia, we continue to follow the yanks left, right and centre when it comes to our entertainment. What a pity. I never seem to enjoy the US definition of “entertainment.”

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  23. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    What irks me about these shows is that every major network in the western hemisphere tries to recreate the same formula, following the same fashions. In the 90s it was game shows, then crime dramas. Then reality TV, then home renovation during the property bubble, then the talent shows and cooking shows. There’s no variety; turn the channel from Masterchef and you get Gordon fucking Ramsay.

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  24. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    I agree. If $1.6 million of our taxes is to be spent making a television programme, I would much rather it be an uniquely kiwi programme rather than a clone of an overseas franchise.
    If you have a freeview satellite decoder you can “jailbreak” it to pick up the SBS channels from Australia (it shares the same Optus satellite). It is a treasure trove of fantastic television – news, documentaries, independent and foreign movies. I know we would have economies of scales issues reproducing something like SBS here, but I am very jealous of what the aussies have!

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  25. Yoza (1,913 comments) says:

    I hope Ben wins.

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  26. big bruv (14,165 comments) says:

    Lol..can you imagine a NZ got talent?

    Hosted by Jason Gunn?, judged by such huge musical talents like as Tina Cross or one of the Runga chicks..lol

    And imagine the PC acts…”tonight folks we have a great line up for you, two kapa haka groups, then an exciting cultural group from Rotorua who will show us some poi dancing and then to top it all off a Te Reo poet”

    My tax dollars should not be spent on shit like this, it is bad enough that I fund a TV station and a radio network (to say nothing of a racist TV channel) the “arts” and other assorted crap let alone lining the pockets of Simon Cowell.

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  27. Manolo (14,082 comments) says:

    Crass spending from a crass outfit and prime target quango to be closed. If only.

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  28. Viking2 (11,575 comments) says:

    Banks unimpressed with talent show funding

    Sunday, 26, Feb, 2012 9:03AM

    John Banks is unimpressed at the injection of $1.6 million of taxpayers’ money to help fund ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’.

    Part of the cost of making the series is coming from public arts and culture funding.

    But the ACT leader says while the show is nice to have, it’s something the country can’t afford when we’re borrowing millions a week to stay afloat.

    He thinks a commercial sponsor should be found.

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  29. Viking2 (11,575 comments) says:

    Banks slams funding of ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ show

    Sunday, 26, Feb, 2012 6:25AM

    ACT leader John Banks thinks a commercial sponsor should be paying for a ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ show – and not taxpayers.

    1.6 million dollars of public arts and culture funding is going into the production.

    He says it shows spending needs to be managed better, given the Government is borrowing millions every week.

    “So many get so much enjoyment from watching this kind of drivel, then let it be funded by a commercial sponsor that can make some money out of this,” says Mr Banks.

    John Banks says he can’t think of anything less likely to achieve a high wage economy than spending taxes on reality TV.

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  30. Viking2 (11,575 comments) says:

    But of course the Labour Lite won’t change a thing. Will they John (key)?

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  31. BlairM (2,365 comments) says:

    Banks has the right sentiment but the wrong language. People who watch “drivel” are usually hard-working taxpayers who just want something to take their minds off a hard 40 hour week. They’re potential voters, and he should be on their side demanding accountability, not criticising their viewing choices. That was a problem the old ACT Party had, which they inherited from Labour – an elitism which underpins everything. Banks would do well to avoid it, and with his humble origins he is well capable of doing so.

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  32. centreforward (32 comments) says:

    I’d rather have the $1.6million of taxpayer money invested in health or education. Why not use commercial sponsorship and other private funding to support it? No need for NZ On Air to support this.

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  33. E. Campbell (91 comments) says:

    New Zealand’s Got Talent? I’m sure this show will reveal that, no, it hasn’t. Public money for this? Oh. My. God.

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