14 Mar 2013

Most think Hobbit subsidy should be repaid: survey

6:51 pm on 14 March 2013

A survey shows most people think the creators of The Hobbit films should repay tax subsidies.

The first part of the Hobbit trilogy, which made NZ$1.2 billion at the box office worldwide, got $67 million in subsidies from the Government.

A UMR survey of 1000 people has found 70% think the film-makers should pay the subsidy back if the films are successful, compared to 18% who do not.

42% of people thought it was worthwhile subsidising the films, while 38% percent disagreed.

UMR Research commissioned the survey itself.