Letter: Another dead halt for a kiddies' film

Last updated 12:00 22/06/2012

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OPINION: I see that Wellington city will be massively disrupted on November 28 on account of Sir Peter Jackson's new children's film, The Hobbit, and its world premiere.

I vividly remember December 1, 2003, when Wellington came to a grinding halt because the first of his children's films, Lord of the Rings, also had its world premiere in Wellington.

Though I'm sure it's all terribly exciting for children, it's no fun for the rest of us whose lives are turned upside down by congestion, road closures, and hordes of people roaming the streets, hoping for a glimpse of an international celebrity.

No doubt local TV celebrities will make a day of it, with news presenters and other hangers-on, and endless "live crosses" on the red carpet, banging on about how excited we all are that another children's film has been made here.

Though I applaud Sir Peter's making yet another children's film, I wonder about the necessity of inflicting massive disruption on a city already bursting at the seams with congestion on any day of the week.

SCOTT HIGHAM-LEE

Island Bay

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