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Media release from the Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE

TAXPAYER FUNDED MIDDLE FINGER FROM ELEANOR CATTON

28 JANUARY 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton’s comments regarding the Government’s support of the arts given the substantial support she has personally received from taxpayers.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Some might question why Ms Catton would have a go at New Zealand when it's Kiwi taxpayers who have largely funded her education and career. For example, Ms Catton's most notable work, The Luminaries, was completed while being on a six-month residency funded by Creative New Zealand."

"If Ms Catton isn’t thankful for the substantial support by the New Zealand Government while she wrote The Luminaries, maybe she could use some of the substantial royalties to pay the money back."

ENDS

ENQUIRIES:

Jordan Williams
021 762 542

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. It’s here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their tax dollar.

The Taxpayers’ Union operates a 24 hour media line for comment on taxpayer issues. Representatives are available on (04) 282 0302.

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