10 Nov 2017

Hobbit law change "won’t damage film industry"

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 10 November 2017

Actors' representatives say they want to see the government move swiftly to re-write the so-called 'Hobbit Law', and that the film industry will not suffer as a result. The law, which was introduced in 2010, prevented film workers from collective bargaining. The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, this morning confirmed that the process of repealing the law will begin in the first 100 days. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Melissa Ansell-Bridges from Equity New Zealand; and Wellington lawyer Mike Gould who represented The Lord of the Rings model maker James Bryson in his legal case over whether he was an employee or a contractor.