by Charlie Gates and Debbie Jamieson — 5.8.2021
Public funding for a $35 million film studio extension in Auckland is a “kick in the teeth” for those planning to build a major movie production base in the South Island, an industry expert says.
The funding announcement came as detailed plans for a major film studio near Wānaka were made public for the first time. The 322-hectare studio would be focused around an artificial lake and include sound stages, a film school, theatre, cafés, restaurants, and conference facilities, new planning documents revealed.
The studio in Henderson, Auckland, was given $30m in Government funding and $5m from Auckland Council in a deal announced on Tuesday.
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