An upswelling of fan and industry support for keeping New Zealand as the filming location for The Hobbit
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The New Zealand Herald, NZ: October 28, 2010
Three TORn Message Board members were quoted in a New Zealand Herald article discussing fan reaction to the news that the Hobbit film production would remain in New Zealand.
The message boards of Lord of the Rings
fan site TheOneRing.net had a steady flow of comments following Prime Minister John Key's announcement last night.
"My heartfelt congratulations to Peter Jackson, Weta and Co, the fans, and to New Zealand!" wrote "Owain."
"So happy with the news. Really hope those unions don't do anything during the production to make anyone regreat (sic) this wonderful news," posted "Richie Rich."
"Ainu Laire" said it was "good" the industrial law changes were limited to the film industry only.
"The tax breaks seem to be something that are due to what the film brings to the country - if the film is successful, better for [the] country/tourism, I would guess."
Waikato Times, NZ: October 30, 2010
Two comments made to a TORn News Article were quoted in a Waikato Times article announcing that the Hobbiton set At Matamata, NZ would remain in place after filming as a permanent tourist attraction.
"Yay," wrote one overseas fan on the message boards
at The Lord of the Rings fan site theonering.net,
"this has just decided where to spend my next vacation come spring;)" (sic) Another comment, from a fan calling himself Rochendil, said: "Im a brit, I come from Tolkiens birth place and I couldn't be happier that The Hobbit will be filmed in NZ!!!!"