Movies in Parks back

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Movies in Parks looks set to re­turn with fund­ing from four lo­cal boards res­ur­rect­ing a re­duced pro­gramme of events across Auck­land next month.

The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board has ap­proved the con­tin­u­a­tion of the pro­gramme.

A new pro­posal in­cludes eight films across the Waitem­ata, Hen­der­son/Massey, Devon­port/Taka­puna and Waitakere lo­cal board ar­eas.

Waitem­ata events port­fo­lio holder Rob Thomas says lo­cal boards have been able to re­duce the over­all cost of the pro­gramme cre­at­ing bet­ter value for ratepay­ers.

Movies in Parks has al­ways been a lo­cal event and fund­ing should never have been al­lo­cated as a re­gion­al­based pro­gramme dur­ing the tran­si­tion to the Auck­land su­per-city, he says.

‘‘Th­ese events gen­er­ate a real sense of com­mu­nity and at­tract hun­dreds of peo­ple to lo­cal parks. De­spite what Welling­ton might claim, the com­mu­nity of Grey Lynn is the heart of the New Zealand film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try.’’

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