April 18, 2018
Auckland closes the gap on Wellington as the home of New Zealand film production
By James Croot, stuff.co.nz, April 11 2018
In figures released by Stats NZ on Monday, Auckland's share of New Zealand's annual film production revenue increased to 43 per cent in 2017. Wellington still led the way with 55 per cent as New Zealand's overall film production revenue increased by 15 per cent to $1.1b.
Stats NZ business performance manager Laura O'Leary said Auckland's film production revenue was estimated at $489m last year, an increase of 37 per cent from 2016, while the Capital's revenue was slightly down.
Jason Statham-starrer The Meg, Shailene Woodley thriller Adrift and New Zealand family comedy Kiwi Christmaswere among the feature films to shoot in Auckland last year, while Wellington-based production and post-production companies contributed to the making of Ghost in the Shell, Thor: Ragnarok, Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and War for the Planet of the Apes and Mortal Engines was also shot there.