so yes, transparency.org might list NZ as high - but what does't get told much is the relationship between big business and MP's, and the fact that corporate law in NZ is the fastest changing in the world.
"Warner Brothers used the threat of filming The Hobbit movies elsewhere to gain changes to New Zealand's employment laws, it was reported tonight. An email obtained under the Official Information Act showed the production company wanted "stability" to film the movies in New Zealand and was worried about "grey areas" of employment law, Radio New Zealand reported."
"The cables also show that the US offered to spend more than $500,000 to fund a recording industry-backed IP enforcement initiative. According to the cables, the US actively lobbied several cabinet members while New Zealand was working through its copyright reform in 2008"
"A February 2008 cable notes that Consumer Affairs Minister Judith Tizard and Trade Minister Phil Goff were presented with a list of shortfalls to submit as the legislation was being drafted. "Post has presented the list of noted shortfalls in the draft legislation to Minister Tizard (Consumer Affairs), Minister Goff (Trade) and to officials within the Ministry of Economic Development, the agency primarily responsible for drafting legislation and monitoring IP enforcement. "Post remains engaged with Bronwyn Turley, Senior MED Policy Advisor for IP issues to maintain a dialogue to address the needed technical corrections," the cable noted. New copyright laws were passed in April 2008."
- Total costs: NZ $533,000 (US $386,158)
- Start-up costs: NZ $78,000 (US $56,510)
- Salaries: NZ $215,000 (US $155,768)
- Operating costs: NZ $240,000 (US $173,880)
- Start-up costs (NZ dollars):
- Furnishings $25,000
- IT costs (equipment) $45,000
- Sundries $8,000
- Salaries (NZ dollars):
- Unit head $90,000
- Intelligence and policy development $60,000
- Licensing and enforcement officer $40,000
- Administrative support $25,000
- Operating costs (NZ dollars):
- Accommodations (rental, utilities) $55,000
- IT support $15,000
- Legal costs (investigation, prosecution)$75,000
- Training (internet piracy, law) $50,000
- Travel costs $35,000
- Employer liabilities $10,000