Jackson offers help after blow for Rings fan

TOM HUNT
Last updated 09:23 02/02/2013

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Sir Peter Jackson has come to the aid of a German tourist who had most of her possessions stolen while in Wellington for a Lord of the Rings tour.

Nicole Kleinhoelting, 25, parked her car, filled with all her possessions, in Carlton Gore Rd, Roseneath, on Thursday.

When she returned from a Lord of the Rings tour at 7.30pm, someone had broken into the locked car and stolen a bag containing all her clothes and her toiletries. Also taken were a hard-drive containing most of the photos of her travels, a Swiss Army knife given to her as a present when she left Germany, and her passport.

"I could cry all the time," she said. "I'm really thinking about going home . . . I wanted to travel around for a year. But right now I'm not in the mood to travel anymore."

But last night, Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, offered to replace her hard- drive and give her a private tour through their Miramar studios.

Ms Kleinhoelting said she was overwhelmed with their kind offer and with other Wellingtonians who had offered her support and places to stay yesterday.

"I came over here for Lord of the Rings because I'm a huge fan, I've watched each movie about 40 or 50 times, but I never thought something like this would happen."

She had planned to tour Weta Workshop yesterday but ended up dealing with the police and German embassy all day, she said.

Police found Ms Kleinhoelting's backpack discarded near Mt Victoria late yesterday. Her passport was in it, but her hard-drive was still missing, she said.

Sergeant John Lewis said yesterday that thefts from "tourist vehicles" were unfortunately common.

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