It's easy for us to have an inferiority complex. Ours is a small country a long way from the rest of the world. We can easily believe we can't do as well as the rest of the world. The rest of the world seems richer, bigger and closer to the action.
But Sir Peter proves that wrong. He entered one of the biggest, toughest industries in the world and did it bigger and better than anyone else.
We no longer suffer the tyranny of distance. And, yes, ours is a small population, but that no longer hampers us because now the entire world is only a nanosecond away.
Indeed our smallness, and distance, can play to our advantage as the enthusiasm and support for the Hobbit movies show. Where else would an entire country get behind the stars and crew of a film?
Oh, The Hobbit has had its share of knockers - political activists, unionists, Peta, the disgruntled and the envious. Our biggest impediment may be the tall-poppy syndrome. But we shouldn't let nagging ninnies blind us to achievement and opportunity.
The Hobbit films were made here. In New Zealand. It was very much touch and go that they would be. Plans were well advanced for them to be made in Britain. Imagine how that would now feel? On the night it would be up there with losing the World Cup. For our future it would be a far greater loss than any rugby game.
So, three cheers for Sir Peter Jackson for showing us what's possible. And inspiring us to be the very best. Three cheers, too, for Prime Minister John Key. He took the political risk to make sure The Hobbit stayed in New Zealand.
We can achieve. And some of us can achieve better than the best.
No additional words are needed here. Rodney Hide absolutely nails it.