In the News: Wellington Enjoys Rings Prosperity - One News

I got word that One News in New Zealand has reported on the effects that the filming of LOTR has had on the local economy. Click here to read the article, or read it below. By the way, if you follow the link to their site, you can view their TV report with the RealPlayer.


Wellington Enjoys Rings Prosperity

By Mike Jasper

One News - Nov. 3, 1999


Filming of the three part
blockbuster 'Lord of the Rings' is
proving a big winner for Wellington.
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Cafes, landlords, hire companies
and retailers all say they are
reaping benefits from the making of
the movie..
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"We're hoping for a lot more from it.
It's good work," says Vaughan Clark
from Triple A Cranes..
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'Lord of the Rings' is spending a
hundred million dollars in Wellington
alone. .
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They are hiring a thousand locals
as extras, and the full time staff
from overseas are keeping real
estate agents busy. .
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"On the residential side it's stopped
the decline and that has got to be
good for everybody. On the
industrial commercial side it's taken
up slack that nobody knew what to
do with," says Brian Baker from
Home Rent..
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Director Peter Jackson has taken
over factories and warehouses that
were left empty by the demise of
other businesses..
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And he is keeping booksellers happy
too..
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"Since the movie started it's just
been amazing. We can't get
enough of it basically. The
publishers find it hard to keep up
with supply," says Bruce Caddy of
Dymocks Booksellers..
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Supplying food for the stars is also
big business..
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"They come for lunch or they come
for a quick morning tea or they
come for takeaways," says Penny
Pennington of the Chocolate Fish
cafe.
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And locals seem to be getting the
odd glimpse at the stars..
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"One day Elijah Wood yelled out to
Liv Tyler, 'You don't need your
sunglasses and your collar turned
up here Liv, it's quite casual'",
Pennington said..
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The hobbits the elves and the auks
invade Queenstown next week. .
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