Taxpayer takes double hit from film fiasco

For 10 years film-maker Craig Newland has been beavering away on a movie about New Zealand’s first pirate radio station – a project which has been financed in part with almost $50,000 worth of public development funding from the Film Commission.

But now he has discovered NZ On Air has given $900,000 of taxpayers' to another film-maker to make a docu-drama about much the same topic.

And Mr Newland is not a happy chappie, blaming the decision on “industry politics”.


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