Council targets film
Porirua to become movie centre?
Porirua may be able to take advantage of the rise in film work in New Zealand.
Porirua City Council is working to identify possibilities for ‘‘ film infrastructure development’’ in Elsdon, councillors were told at the Te Komiti meeting last Thursday.
The Government and the new Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency have identified the region as the centre for post-production and visual effects technology, webbased and digital technology, and high- value scientific and technical development.
Porirua needs to cultivate either a stand-alone centre or one that can be used to complement others, said Chris Lipscombe, the council manager of economic development.
‘‘We’d be looking at ways to assist cameramen, editors – the whole gamut,’’ he said.
‘‘Anecdotal evidence suggests the number of [film] productions coming to New Zealand is increasing and it’s putting a strain on facilities nationwide.
‘‘ Studies are being done to look at film production elsewhere from Miramar and Hen- derson.’’
Lipscombe said work was being done by the council to explore what level of investment could be made.
Porirua deputy mayor ‘ Ana Coffey said she hoped Porirua would not be in competition with Wellington, but would complement it.
Good relationship: ‘Ana Coffey wants Porirua’s contribution to the film industry to complement Wellington’s.