Hobbit emails released

04:31, Feb 28 2013
Peter Jackson
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The Government has released a tranche of documents detailing its dealings over the Hobbit, including emails between ministerial staff and Sir Peter Jackson. 

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Earlier this month the Ombudsman ordered the Government to release documents about the deal it struck to ensure the Hobbit movies were made in this country. Warner Bros' New Line unit warned that the ruling jeopardised future film-making in New Zealand.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the Government had originally sought to keep some of the information confidential in order to protect information that was provided in confidence and was commercially sensitive.

However, it now agreed with the release of the additional items, he said.

Some information was still withheld to protect legal privilege.

Applications for the documents under the Official Information Act were initially refused by ministers on the grounds they were commercially sensitive.

The Government secured the three movies by changing employment laws and beefing up the tax rebates for the productions.

Unions fought the law changes and the Labour Party accused the Government of chequebook legislation.


The Dominion Post