November 14, 1999
An environmental group is worried that filming of the Lord of
the Rings movie in several national parks could compromise their conservation values.
The Department of Conservation has agreed to let film maker
Peter Jackson's company film on sites in the Mount Owen area near Murchison, the Wakatipu
Basin near town, and Te Anau and Fiordland.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith says DOC has attached a
series of strict environmental conditions to the consent, and compliance will be monitored
by DOC staff on-site.
But Barry Lawrence of the Wakatipu Environmental Society says
incessant helicopter noise from another company filming there is already proving
Filming in the South Island will start next week and could
continue for up to nine months.