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Massey studio hosts 'hobbit' announcement

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Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway use the Massey University School of Music and Creative Media Production’s main recording studio as the venue for this week’s announcement of changes to the so-called "Hobbit law".

The school, part of the College of Creative Arts, produces world-leading screen industry workers and the law change will give those workers the right to bargain collectively, a right removed by the previous Govenrment in 2010.

The facility also houses motion performance capture, music technology and mixed reality labs, a dubbing theatre and screening room, edit suites, animation and digital video production suites and games labs.

Mr Lees-Galloway said the changes following consultation with the industry and would make jobs in the screen sector more attractive for workers. "The next generation of storytellers coming out of institutions like Massey University will have more rights at work and more fulfilling career prospects."

First-year Creative Media Production student Ethan Thompson was interviewed by a Radio New Zealand reporter, said she looked forward to greater job security for graduates entering the workforce. "Having an option to bargain collectively brings some security to what can be a risky career in film," Ethan Thompson said. "As a trans-person and a film director, I know the importance of having as much certainty as possible."

The Government will now draft legislation, introduce it to Parliament this year and expect to enact it next year.

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