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    Film industry employment laws to change

    The government is going to change film industry employment laws but says it will make sure it continues to be "a shining light".


    The government is going to change film industry employment laws that were put in place by the previous government.

    The controversial legislation was enacted in 2010 because industrial action threatened production of The Hobbit movies in New Zealand.

    It became known as the Hobbit law, and prevented collective film worker bargaining.

    It meant they were engaged as independent contractors rather than employees.

    Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says he's met representatives from across the film sector and discussions have been very constructive.

    "It's fair to say we're all excited about what we can achieve by working together," he said.

    ''Labour and our support parties are determined to provide New Zealand workers a fair go, and we are committed to restoring the right of all New Zealand workers to engage in collective negotiations."

    Mr Lees-Galloway said he would set up a Film Industry Joint Working Group to develop a framework.

    "Under the last Labour-led government the New Zealand film industry flourished like never before," he said.

    "Under this Labour-led government, it will continue to be a shining light of New Zealand industry and innovation."

    Mr Lees-Galloway said his message to the international film industry was that New Zealand would remain a premium hub of film craft and as easy to do business with as it was now.


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