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Consumers may yet feel the
effects of a legal challenge to
‘global mode’ services offering
backdoor access to United
States film and tv content.
Campaigners against ‘geo-
blocking’ of film and tv rights
have played down the prospects
for New Zealand
companies to undermine global
mode services that enable
consumers to get access to
other wise blocked content.
Intellectual property lawyer
Paul John, of Baldwins, said
the four New Zealand media
companies threatening action
would have a case in relation
to a breach of copyright, if they
went ahead with legal threats
against global mode companies.
The four companies dominate
the broadcasting industry —
TVNZ, Sky Tv, MediaWorks
TVNZ and Sky Tv yesterday
insisted they intended to follow
through with legal action if
global mode companies Orcon,
Slingshot and Global Bypass
did not stop providing ser vices.
Call Plus, owner of Slingshot
and Orcon, did not return
John, who is head of dispute
resolution at Baldwins, said the
media companies’ move was
significant, given the recent
arrival of Netflix in the New
John said he expected that if
the media companies did take
action it would proceed as a
“The public are often of the
view that because something
is easy to do then it is legally
unenforceable, but the question
is whether copyright has been
breached,” he said.
“Companies offering global
mode have been selling it as
providing users access to that
“I think that if competing
companies like these are
working together then you
have to believe they are taking
it seriously.” Both TVNZ and
Sky said they had paid studio
premium prices for exclusive
TVNZ chief executive Kevin
Kenrick said studios were aware
of the action being taken.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
‘Global mode’ tv
with legal action
Labour’s call for the Government to
immediately let in 300 more people from
Vanuatu, under the ‘recognised seasonal
employer scheme’ has been labelled impractical
by the local industry.
Labour’s Immigration spokeswoman Sue
Moroney said an extra allowance was a quick
and effective way of providing support to those
suffering devastation from Cyclone Pam.
“ Workers from Vanuatu take up almost half
of the capped RSE positions available for our
Pacific neighbours, so it is obviously a scheme
that works well for them and can provide some
well-timed relief in the aftermath,” she said.
Horticulture NZ national labour co-
ordinator Jerf van Beek said it was not practical.
Accommodation had to be first vetted by
government labour inspectors and many
employers were not ‘in tune’ with the culture.
“That is the level of care that we as an
industry want,” he said.
“ We had a time where we had people
sleeping under bridges — we don’t want to go
there any more.
“Our product is high class and high value.
Overseas buyers are very discerning and we
need to say, hand on heart, our workers are
looked after well.”
There are 3000 Ni-Vans in New Zealand
under the scheme, 800 in Hawke’s Bay.
Numbers were carefully controlled so regional
labour markets were not ‘saturated’.
After Cyclone Pam employers were asked
to increase pastoral care and the industry was
assisting Ni-Van workers take goods home to
help them rebuild, he said.
Donated goods were being shipped by
employers and a stakeholders group had
organised an extra baggage allowance of 7kg
for workers flying home.
The largest employer of Ni-Vans in Hawke’s
Bay is Crasborn Group.
Crasborn pack house operations manager
Ross Howard said next year would be the best
time to increase the number of Ni-Vans — the
current season was well under way.
He said when Cyclone Pam hit three workers
immediately returned. The biggest issue for
those remaining was communication.
The company had many workers taking
part in a joint RSE application by employers,
extending their stay thanks to South Island
An exceptional few were able to save more
than $20,000 over that period, especially
returning apple pickers living frugally. Some
were completing their seventh season with
For the past two years Vanuatu earned more
money from the RSE scheme than tourism, he
Mr van Beek said employers and the
government-funded Vakameasina programme
would help with improved building skills.
Vakameasina had a purpose-built classroom
in Hastings where a variety of classes are
provided for RSE workers.
“Once they come back next year we hope
to do more capacity building, so they can
understand the requirements for more
resilience back home.
“ We will assist them with training to build
cyclone-proof homes. Instead of using nails
we will use metal strapping and screws to
make houses more cyclone-proof and also
help with design.”
— N ZM E-Hawke’s Bay Today
Call to employ 300 people from
Vanuatu labelled impractical
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