Home grown…

I read with interest this week, that Kevin McCloud was in Auckland to launch a local version of his hugely successful British show Grand Designs.

Grand Designs to be built locally in New Zealand

While I applaud the impact of creating a local version of  a hit show such as this can have on the economy, versus just buying in overseas made versions – I can’t help but think we have enough of our own successful home grown talent that we could foster and nurture ensuring all the money is generated by New Zealand in New Zealand. I’m not for one minute saying we shouldn’t buy international hit shows, for one thing it brings diversity, but I am questioning the need for these franchise shows where we simply buy and replicate a format. As my previous post mentioned we are more than capable of creating home-grown shows, that are good enough to generate international interest.

For a local industry to thrive it needs money injected into it to produce talent and creativity. While a show such as Grand Designs will employ local staff giving training and experience, at the end of the day the profits will flow out of the country. Why not employ the same people in local productions that have a chance of being sold outside New Zealand – after all no one will buy a New Zealand version of an already internationally franchised show.



I wrote last week about Broods and the skepticism with which I viewed the sudden attention they were receiving. Indeed, I’ve not heard much about them since writing about those few interviews I found last week so maybe my predictions about their transience were accurate. A much bigger name was in the news lately however – one that’s been around for much longer.

This story from the UK newspaper The Guardian details Eminem’s decision to take legal actions against our very own Nation party for using his song ‘Lose Yourself.’ The story rightly points out the irony that the National party championed artist’s rights to reap the financial funds from their work yet have seemingly abandoned this cause when it suited them. It also brings up the question as to why the hell does Eminem even need the money – isn’t he rich enough already? But it seems that people’s desire for that extra bit of comfort cash spans all professions and income levels.


For us normal people there’s an option to follow in Eminem’s footsteps. I’ve recently been struggling to make it to the end of the month with any cash left over. Bills are on the rise and basic living expenses are also increasing while salaries seem destined to remained fixed and flat. Luckily, the website simplecash.co.nz is here to help out. Providing immediate loans to tide you over until your next payday, it’s a great way to secure some simple fast cash. I’ve used the service and while it has its pitfalls and dangers, if used with caution it can be a great way to make sure you’re not left short at the end of the month.