Saturday, 15 March 2014

N.Z on Air pays for a video set in Australia!

It’s the beginning of 2012 and you are producing a video for local group AWA entitled ‘Papatuanuku’ which is Maori for Earth Mother.  
You have N.Z on Air Funding and the underlying theme of the song can’t get much more authentically native New Zealand……  
"Toitū he whenua, whatungarongaro he tangata" = Land is permanent, man disappears
 So what do you do with your $6K of N.Z taxpayer funding?   
You produce a video depicting scenes from The Queensland floods!  
Don’t worry there was plenty of earthquake footage from Christchurch that would have conveyed the underlying theme of man’s frailties. 
Like N.Z doesn’t suffer the odd flood or two, if its climate change you want to highlight.   
But oh no just grab some helicopter footage from across the Tasman to fit the theme.  
Ignore an abundance of similar public domain footage from N.Z.  
Most people from overseas won’t tell the difference between Australia/ New Zealand anyway and besides N.Z on Air have no checks and balances, won’t give a rats if it’s Australia you are helping to promote. 
It's not their money they are throwing about.