Coun­cil tar­gets film

Porirua to be­come movie cen­tre?

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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