Up to 250 members of The Hobbit film crew were working
on Treble Cone, in the Matukituki Valley, yesterday but those
in charge were keeping mum about who was in town and what
part of J.R.R. Tolkein's popular story was being filmed.
The news yesterday that Sir Peter Jackson and his wife Fran
Walsh have secured the future of Wellington's innovative Bats
theatre - which has over the years nurtured a small pantheon
of original home-grown talent - by buying the central-city
building housing it, coincides with his working sojourn to
this part of the world.
The old giant beech tree which prompted Sir Peter Jackson and
450 cast and crew members to film a scene for The Hobbit near
Paradise, beyond Glenorchy and Queenstown, survived for a
century until a storm blew it down six weeks ago.
The green world of a hobbit means a 10,000 litre water tank
will have to be placed near Glenorchy for the irrigation of
the temporary grasses and plants on the set of the Peter
Jackson-directed film The Hobbit.