Saturday, December 4, 2010

Scenic Sunday: Beautiful New Zealand.


Our $500m 'gift' to Hollywood

New Zealand taxpayers have spent more than half a billion dollars over the past decade subsidising Hollywood movies and TV series, a Herald investigation reveals.

The figure includes more than $220 million in rebates, paid from a fund for big-budget productions, as well as tax breaks claimed by movie companies.

Last year, the Government changed its mind about the tax breaks and passed a law to stop them.
There have been several famous movies filmed in New Zealand, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy,The Last Samurai, and the Xena series to name but a few.

Some people say we should welcome the producers, despite the costs. Others say No. If the big movie makers don't come, we can have the little chaps. Watch video. LOL


Randi said...

Looks so warm and inviting! I would love to be there just now!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a beautiful place in New Zealand. The movie business does bring in some extra money though.

George said...

I know that many movies have been filmed in New Zealand, although I did not know it had cost the taxpayers so much. New Zealand is beautiful, as this post shows.

To answer your questions about Biltmore House. It is owned by the same family and is operated as a tourist attraction/museum. You must pay to enter the estate grounds and the house is included in the fee. Betsy did not know I was taking her picture.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ann, New Zealand is a gorgeous country.. I can understand why people would want their movies filmed there. My brother and sister-in-law (before they died) used to travel alot all over the world. They always said that New Zealand was one of their favorite places... I would love to visit there someday.

Al said...

That does look beautiful.

I get frustrated at how the taxpayers are expected to subsidize big business more and more.

NatureFootstep said...

yes NZ is a beautiful country. I visited it for 2 weeks a couple of years ago and I loved it.

But now I wassurprised. I thought you lived in the USA somewhere.

Windsmoke. said...

Australia has a similiar set up with taxpayers footing part of the costs with movie companies, it also creates more jobs in the industry which benefits everybody with the flow on to other industries.

LV said...

I can understand the movie industry wanting to film in your country. What I saw of it is truly breathtaking. I look forward to your post to catch another glimpse of something from there.

Ginny Hartzler said...

A cute video!! Is this trench well known? But I didn't see it at the end. I always thought that movie makers were a goood thing for places, the towns got a lot of business and jobs, but I didn't know this side of it!

Francisca said...

Is that your son in the video, Ann? :-D I know NZ in beautiful and still hope to get back soon. I wonder what your government thought the benefit was in subsidizing the movie industry. Although I do understand the need for corporate tax breaks.

Noel Morata said...


what a beautiful scene, thanks for the interesting info about the movie biz there ann.

thanks for sharing this

Unknown said...

NZ is so beautiful. We are neighbours but I have yet to visit.

Pearl Maple said...

Ann, what a beautiful collection of photos, the landscape is so green and fresh.

Eden said...

What a beautiful place to visit! I wish I can visit NZ someday. Beautiful country.