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Bad weather blamed for film set damage

; Quelle: The Evening Post

Bad weather is being blamed for damage to part of an Upper Hutt park during filming of The Lord of the Rings last month. Harcourt Park was used for three days of filming, some of it during heavy rain which left the park muddied and gouged by vehicle tyres.

Signs had since been erected at the park by The Lord of the Rings film company Three Foot Six apologising for the damage. Upper Hutt City Council community facilities director Jenny Bentley said today contract workers would level and sow the grounds. Further bad weather had delayed repair work. All costs for repair work were covered by the film company, which paid a ground rental to use the park, Mrs Bentley said. "It's not a major hob and we were really happy that Three Foot Six did look after the place and is working with the city... It's just a matter of waiting for the weather to come right for us." The film's publicist, Claire Raskind, declined to comment today. Filming of The Lord of the Rings has moved to Queenstown, the Te Anau area and Fiordland for about the next month. Permission was given to film on conservation land, but the Forest and Bird Society last week said it was worried about damage to sensitive landscapes. Conservation Minister Nick Smith said he was satisfied filming wouldn't harm the areas involved, although the sites would be monitored. Film producer Tim Sanders said it had been set comprehensive conditions and had to pay a substantial bond.


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