The Evening Post
March 2, 2000Battle
Over Rings Filming
The Lord of the Rings might be refused permission to film in
Tongariro National Park because it plans to use helicopters and horses. The Department of
Conservation, which gives permission for special projects in the park, is also concerned
that films don't fit the "philosophy" of park management, Ruapehu District
Council was told on Friday.
Mayor Weston Kirton said Tourism Minister and Taupo MP Mark
Burton would be approached to have permission for filming granted. Councillor Bruce
Rollinson said Lord of the Rings had booked 600 people for 30 nights in the Ruapehu
district. Interested parties were to meet today to discuss the issue.