So John Key's claim that the Hobbit created 3000 jobs is just some made up number from the production company that benefitted from his re-writing of our law for a foreign corporation?
Key denies Hobbit job numbers made up
Prime Minister John Key has defended the number of jobs he claimed The Hobbit films created - after NZ First leader Winston Peters said the 3000 figure was "plucked out of thin air".
In November, Key said filming The Hobbit movies in New Zealand created about 3000 jobs.
Documents obtained by Peters under the Official Information Act bring the accuracy of the figure into question.
An adviser in Key's office emailed someone at Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films in October to ask how many jobs The Hobbit had created.
"The context is if he's asked about Labour's industrial relations policy and how it might impact on the New Zealand film industry he can say something like ‘about 3000 people will work on The Hobbit movies, if that policy had been in place then all those people might never have got a job'," the Key adviser emailed.
Wingnut Films' response was: "3000 is a good number".
Seeing as Key and Jackson manufactured a Union crisis for vast corporate welfare for Warner Brothers, it shouldn't surprise us that they are being just as creative with how many people actually gained jobs from this movie.