Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hobbit photos in Miramar park banned

People taking pictures of Hobbits from a hilltop park above Peter Jackson’s studios in Miramar risk having the images deleted and being charged with trespassing. This is the potential outcome for anyone using cameras on Wexford Hill, a Wellington Airport-owned property that overlooks the Stone St studios, where The Hobbit is being made.

The land, which has panoramic views of the eastern suburbs, looks like a park. It is mowed, unfenced and has seats on the summit. Until recently, an old Ministry of Transport sign (still visible) warned people not to drive vehicles there.

Six large notices have now been erected telling members of the public that although they are welcome on to the land for “usual recreation purposes”, they are not allowed to take photos of any property or people at the Stone St studios below. More...

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