Additional Hobbit Documents Released
Hon Steven Joyce
26 February 2013
Additional Hobbit Documents
The Government has today released
further Hobbit documents under the Official Information Act
as recommended by the Ombudsman.
contained in 18 documents form part of the correspondence
relating to the filming of the Hobbit movies in New
The Government originally sought to keep
some of the information confidential in order to protect
information that was provided in confidence and was
However, with the passage
of time, the Government has agreed with the Ombudsman that
the additional items now be released. The Ombudsman has
recommended that some information continues to be withheld
to maintain legal professional privilege.
Attached: Additional Hobbit
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