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NZ on Air funding soft-core porn garbage? Since when? Since now!!

18 April 2012 7 comments

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From the  NZ Herald comes this mind-blowing piece of news,

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Full Story

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The article goes on to state,

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Though the Mozzies – aka Maori Aussies – play hard in Australia’s “ultimate party town” they are focused on business ventures and building their own personal empires.

They have not forgotten their roots and wear their tattoos proudly, acknowledge their iwi affiliations, and use te reo as well as GC slang.

Cast members include single rugby player Tame Noema, musician DJ Tuini, former X Factor contestants Jade Louise and Nuz, personal trainer Alby Waititi and singer Nate.

Their favourite phrases include “mumsies” (meaning girlfriends), “neff” (friend), “creep on” (scoring girls), “publics” (pubic hair) and “what doing?” (what’s up?).

The official website for The GC says Tame is the only single member of the cast, “which causes much angst for Jade and Zane’s girlfriends as he’s always trying to drag them out on his chick-chasing escapades”.

The show’s producers promise “hot hook-ups, a shock revelation from one of the group about their sexuality, all-over tans, and advice on how to score in a club, of course.”

Which should give the rumoured reality show about Sally and Jaime Ridge a run for its money.

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No way!?!?

*checks date*

Nope, it’s not an April Fools joke. NZ on Air is using taxpayers’ money to fund this garbage? We’re paying taxes to fund a programme showing us  “nine 20-somethings as they work and party hard with the goal of retiring sometime in their 30s hot hook-ups, a shock revelation from one of the group about their sexuality, all-over tans, and advice on how to score in a club” ???

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The GC follows the lives of a group of talented and attractive young Maori as they work hard and play even harder in Australia’s favourite playground, the glittering Gold Coast.

Talented and ambitious, the GC cast are chasing the good life on the Gold Coast. Some live together, some work together but they all play together.

This series offers a fascinating insight into the lives of nine young and successful Maori.

And they’re not alone.

Nearly 130,000 Maori now call Australia home and it is estimated as many as one in six Maori now live in Australia.

Every year thousands of Maori are drawn to the glamour and good life that the Gold Coast offers them.

And it’s not hard to see why. The warm climate, big paying jobs and cheaper living lures them there, and keeps them there.

The GC is where Australia comes to play and party. The famed Surfer’s Paradise strip is lined with high rise apartments and hotels, and crowded with clubs and bars.

It’s hugely competitive and young Maori are striving to reach the top.

They’re known as Mozzies – Maori Aussies – and they are grabbing the opportunities and living life to the full.

It asks what does it mean to be Maori on the Gold Coast as they chase the dream of a better life.

For the boys of the Whare it means playing hard in a town full of resort rich night life, but also investing in that town.” – Source

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If this is not someone’s idea of a bad-taste prank – then the board members on NZ on Air have lost their minds.

Even more derisable is that (if this is true), is that the producers are attempting to validate this infantile pap by using Maori to give some manner of cultural credibility? Oh puh-leese, give me a break. This reminds me of the “blaxploitation” genre films of the 1970s. It mixed sex with violence, using Black Americans, to exploit an ethnic group.

“The GC” appears to be a local version of that Hollywood cringe-worthy embarressment.

Is this now NZ on Air’s  funding agenda; a reality show with 20-somethings doing inane things?

In what way is this supposed to benefit us culturally? How is this educating us? How is dumbed-down, vacuous,  soft-corn porn supposed to broaden our minds?

I pray to whatever gods are up there, that this supposed “reality show” is a lame joke and NZ on Air has nothing to do with it.

Because if this is for real – heads must roll!  The entire NZ on Air Board should resign forthwith.(And repay any cash that they may have paid out up till now.)

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This is not what our taxes are meant to be directed at.

A quick check of NZ on Air’s funding allocation for 2012 shows no mention of anything called “The GC”,

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NZ On Air Television Funding Decisions

March 2012

Genre Programme Total Amount Approved No. Of Episodes Length of Episodes (minutes) Production Company Channel
Children GIRL VS BOY (additional) 34,600 8.0 30.0 KHF Media TV 2
Children SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST 2012 301,312 6.0 30.0 Satin & Lace Productions FOUR
Comedy AGENT ANNA 1,359,850 6.0 30.0 Great Southern Television TV One
Comedy THE JONO PROJECT 3 897,364 20.0 30.0 TVWorks TV3
Documentary THE LAST OCEAN 80,000 1.0 90.0 The Ross Sea Documentary Prime
Documentary THE PROPHETS 211,524 7.0 30.0 Scottie Productions Maori Television
Documentary * THE FORGOTTEN GENERAL 179,971 1.0 60.0 Kingfisher Films Prime
Drama MEDICINE WOMAN 199,999 1.0 120.0 South Pacific Pictures TV One
Documentary ♦ THE YEAR OF THE ELEPHANT 109,948 1.0 60.0 Lippy Pictures TV One
Documentary ♦ SIEGE: THE INTERVIEWS 32,437 1.0 60.0 Screentime TV One

* This programme was supported by the NZ On Air Platinum fund

♦ These programmes were funded from TV One Docs

The Inside NZ working Group has made the following funding decision for TV3 documentaries:

Genre Programme Total Amount Approved No. Of Episodes Length of Episodes (minutes) Production Company Channel
Documentary YEAR OF THE DRAGON tbc 1.0 60.0 Firehorse TV3

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But just in case, this blogger has fired of an email to NZ on Air,

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Subject:  “The GC” – Please Confirm?
Date:        Sunday, 8 April, 2012 11:57 PM
From:     “Frank Macskasy” <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>
To:            info@nzonair.govt.nz
Cc:           “Minister of Broadcasting Craig Foss” <craig.foss@parliament.govt.nz>

Kia ora,

A recent NZ Herald story reports that a new, proposed reality show on TV3 called “The GC” will be attracting NZ on Air funding.

Can you please confirm that the Board of NZ on Air has not allocated tax-payers money to a reality show of 20-somethings, promising the viewer “nine 20-somethings as they work and party hard with the goal of retiring sometime in their 30s… hot hook-ups, a shock revelation from one of the group about their sexuality, all-over tans, and advice on how to score in a club” ?!?!

Hopefully, the Herald has mis-reported the claim that NZ on Air is now funding sexualised reality shows that instruct viewers how to “score in night clubs”.

If the Herald report is correct, please identify the part of your charter, mission statement, or legislation  confirming that reality shows fall within the ambit of NZ on Air.

NZ on Air’s funding of a reality show, using taxpayers money,  will be of considerable public interest and attention. Your organisation will have to explain how this type of commercialised, low-brow entertainment is of possible benefit to this country.

Regards,
-Frank Macskasy
Blogger

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Subject: “The GC” – Please Confirm?
Date:    Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 3:48 PM
From:    “Kartini Havell (MIN)” <kartini.havell@parliament.govt.nz>
To:      “fmacskasy@yahoo.com” <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>

Dear Mr Macskasy

Thank you for your email of 8 April 2012 to the Minister of Broadcasting.  The Minister will consider the issues you have raised and respond as soon as he is able.

Best regards

Kartini Havell
Private Secretary – Broadcasting
Office of the Hon Craig Foss
Minister of Broadcasting
Private Bag 18041
Parliament Buildings
WELLINGTON 6160

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NZ on Air has not replied to my 8 April email. I did, however, leave this message on NZ on Air’s Facebook page,

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This has to be the worst waste of taxpayers’ money since… since… Hell, I dunno, it just IS!

What on earth possessed you people to use our money for this “reality” soft-core porn?! Are there no other aspects of NZ culture, current events, issues worth looking into?

After you funded Bryan Bruce’s excellent document, “Inside Child Poverty”, you folks set a high benchmark for television production.

You have let yourselves down badly with this latest effort. Having to endure reality garbage, endless cooking shows, and US crime-porn on almost every channel is bad enough. Having our taxes funding this is a gross insult.

I repeat; what were you people thinking?!?!

Shame on you all.

PS: I am guessing that your failure to reply to my email on this issue on 8 April indicates you have no answer to the criticisms I raised?

That was posted at 12.57pm, 18 April 2012.

Which seems to have suddenly prompted this imediate response from NZ on Air’s Jane Wrightson,

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Subject: RE: “The GC” – Please Confirm?
Date:    Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 2:25 PM
From:   “Jane Wrightson” <Jane@nzonair.govt.nz>
To:     “fmacskasy@yahoo.com” <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>

Dear Mr Macskasy

Thank you for your email.

I confirm we have helped fund the documentary series The GC. The proposal talks about young Maori succeeding in Australia. We were pleased to support a prime time series that intends to provide stories of successful Maori who are proud of their culture and are making a good life for themselves.

We have not seen the series yet. I have no doubt some of the fun parts of being young are included in the programme. I do not know in what detail and I imagine they will be balanced with other aspects of life. It’s true that the network’s publicity release seems somewhat lurid in its description: we’ll reserve our judgment until we see the series and the audience response. As you may know our legislation does not permit us to be involved in editorial matters.

Thanks you for your interest

Yours sincerely
Jane Wrightson

Jane Wrightson  |  Chief Executive
NZ On Air  |  Irirangi Te Motu
04 382 9524 (tel)  | 04 382 9546 (fax)   
jane@nzonair.govt.nz  |  http://www.nzonair.govt.nz http://www.kiwihits.co.nz
PO Box 9744  |  Wellington  |  New Zealand  |  6141

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Now, I’m not suggesting that NZ on Air be “involved in editorial matters” – I would be the first to jump on that bandwagon, opposing any such suggestion. It is not up to NZ on Air to be involved in any of the programmes it funds.

However, NZ on Air does have a responsibility as to which programming recieves taxpayer funding.

On their webpage, “Our Funding Strategy“, NZ on Air states,

Our funding strategy reflects our values. We look for: innovation and creativity in programme proposals; for diversity of faces, stories and storytellers to reflect all New Zealanders; and value for money.
What we fund

The Broadcasting Act 1989 determines our genre priorities. Within each genre we fund projects that the market alone would not support. Before applying you must secure a commitment from a free-to-air New Zealand broadcaster to screen your programme. “

One cannot help but wonder how an overtly commercial reality show, which promises that the central characters,

  “… play hard in Australia’s “ultimate party town” they are focused on business ventures and building their own personal empires...

…Tame is the only single member of the cast, “which causes much angst for Jade and Zane’s girlfriends as he’s always trying to drag them out on his chick-chasing escapades”.

The show’s producers promise “hot hook-ups, a shock revelation from one of the group about their sexuality, all-over tans, and advice on how to score in a club, of course.

How is any of that “creative” or “innovative”?

And why is “the market” not funding a format – a reality show – that is clearly of a commercial nature? Why is taxpayers money being used on such a venture?

As this blogger wrote on NZ on Air’s Facebook page,

After you funded Bryan Bruce’s excellent document, “Inside Child Poverty”, you folks set a high benchmark for television production.

It is a shame thathigh benchmark has not been maintained.

But maybe, hopefully, this series will not be as ‘ somewhat lurid ‘ as it’s publicity  would have us believe.

Probably NZ on Air is also hoping.

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Acknowledgement

NZ Sentinel Blog

References

Broadcasting Act 1989

Additional 

NZ Herald: Viewers want ‘The GC’ cancelled

Facebook:  Cancel ‘The GC’ TV Show

Tom Frewen: GC In Breach Of Funding Agreement?

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