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Film keeps businesses flush: When you're filming in the mountains and you've gotta go, the good old Kiwi portaloo does the trick - if you're a movie extra.

But the better class of bottoms on the big- budget movie The Vertical Limit are serviced by "upmarket cast toilets."

"We have supplied lots of toilets, upmarket cast toilets, which are like a luxury home ensuite, fly-in toilets and lots of porta loos," Hirequip's Queenstown manager Peter McMeeken said yesterday.

The flexible "fly-in" model could be transported by helicopter.

Mr McMeeken said his company has been "acquiring quite a bit of stuff from around the South Island and using lots of Kiwi ingenuity" to service the multi million- dollar mountain rescue drama being filmed locally.

Not only has Hirequip had to source toilets for several hundred cast and crew, it has supplied and erected 17 marquees, with plenty of help from outside labour, cherry pickers, scissor lifts, booms, 15 generators and about a dozen vehicles, mostly trucks, Mr McMeeken said.

He expected the movie's producers would be renting the equipment until Christmas, when they would probably reassess their needs.

Helicopter pilots have been kept busy airlifting everything from heavy equipment to lunches on to remote mountain locations, near Glenorchy, and the Remarkables Ski Area.

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters general manager Pat West estimated around 90 percent of his company's work at present was for filming, mainly The Vertical Limit.

The company had also flown some location "reccies" for Peter Jackson's big- budget Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Extra helicopters had been leased to cater for the huge demand from The Vertical Limit production. Two large twin- engined Bell 212 medium-lift helicopters, used for firefighting in Australia, had been brought in, an extra twin-engined, nine-seater BK 117 helicopter had been leased from Auckland and two B2 Squirrel helicopters had been flown in from Nelson.

Mr West said the company had 10 pilots working on the movie project, six fulltime and four part-time.

"We've brought in extra staff, some who work month on, month off in New Guinea," Mr West said.

A Nelson pilot brought in from parent company Helicopters New Zealand to fly the Bell 212s was getting a shot at fame, as a Pakistani air force captain's double.

Te Anau pilot Richard "Hannibal" Hayes was also flying fulltime for the project.


Export boost for firm

Export possibilities are emerging for a Christchurch company after completing a $1.2 million order to design and supply a power reticulation system for the New Zealand military.

Vynco Industries NZ Ltd took out the Defence Industry Committee Award for Excellence in Palmerston North on Tuesday night for its electricity distribution system for use in the field by the military.

The company makes and distributes electrical products, and at its peak the contract with the New Zealand Defence Force for the distribution system occupied about 10 per cent of its workload, managing director John Vale said yesterday.

As well as providing power outlets in tents, the system includes white and red lighting.

The system -- now in use by the New Zealand forces in East Timor -- includes earth linkages and circuit protection, so it safe and easy to put together. Other overseas systems failed to meet Defence Force specifications -- including safety standards.

Mr Vale said export possibilities were emerging with the armed forces of Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia. The system had already been demonstrated in Australia.

"They would like use to get into the field and talk to the units," he said. British defence officials have also expressed some interest.

As well as the military, the company is supplying a similar system for work on the Lord of the Rings film.

Vynco Industries was given the opportunity to tender for the system two years ago, and the contract has been running, with additions and extensions, ever since.

The Christchurch-based company also has an operation in Auckland, and a sales office in Sydney.

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