The Levy Ain’t Dry

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I’m personally thrilled to see SPADA coming out strongly for a levy on streamers recently. It’s something I’ve been advocating for in this column going back four years, ‘Show Me the Money’, ‘Time for a Reset’, ‘An Answer to NZ’s Broadcasting Industry Dilemma?’ and most recently this year in this Stuff article here.

Across the Tasman, the Australians are still pushing for a 20% levy on streamers, but you need to look to Europe to see what can be achieved by countries who truly understand the contribution that their own screen industries make to their creative, cultural and financial well-being.

Rather than write about it, I have included this table compiled by The imec-SMIT-VUB research group in September 2022 (the latest comprehensive data I could find). There’s a lot of food for thought here for SPADA and the rest of us.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Last updated on 9 November 2023