DoC Wants To Ban Filmmakers From National Parks
ACT Arts and Culture Spokesman MP Penny Webster today joined with New Zealand in congratulating Peter Jackson and his team for Lord of the Rings's thirteen Oscar nominations.
She warned, however, that future films could be hindered by the Department of Conservation blocking filmmakers out.
"Some members of the Department of Conservation want to restrict - and even ban - filming in the National Parks and other areas. What nonsense! The scenery of New Zealand helped make Lord of the Rings a great movie. It is what filmmakers look for.
"In her Speech to Parliament, Ms Clark said she wanted to build on Lord of the Rings' success to create an innovative New Zealand. Let's hope she passes this message on to the Department of Conservation," Mrs Webster said.