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Sir Richard Taylor And Tania Rodger Convey Their Heartfelt Thanks

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Oct 27 2010, 4:09am

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Sir Richard Taylor And Tania Rodger Convey Their Heartfelt Thanks

Below is the statement just released by Sir Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger over at
On behalf of all our friends and colleagues at Weta Workshop, we send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the people from around New Zealand and the world who have sent us their messages of support.

Everyone here has tried to stay optimistic for a positive outcome but in the darkest days of the past week it has been the amazing support from the fans of LOTR and our family and friends which has given us the resolve to stay cheerful and positive about the outcome for these films.

It is a fantastic result reported tonight by our Prime Minister, the Honourable John Key, and we are grateful for the support of our Government in recognising the challenges our film industry was facing.

We are also very pleased that Warner Bros are happy to continue to see these films made in New Zealand – and thank them for their efforts.

Most importantly our thanks go out to Peter, Fran and Philippa, for their unrelenting efforts to see these films made in our country.  We are very lucky to work with such passionate film makers.

All our best and cheers to you all.

Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger

I might add we're lucky to have such passionate people as our friends at WETA working on these beloved stories too. Our very best wishes are with you as you embark on your journey into Middle-earth once again!


Oct 27 2010, 9:28am

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Kangi Ska

Oct 27 2010, 9:28am

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You are very welcome. //


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Oct 27 2010, 9:33am

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And thank you to you both as well.

You both kept your calm and your quality during very trying times, and everyone at Weta deserves this outcome. :)

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Oct 27 2010, 9:36am

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Oh Richard... and Tania... and Weta... *flying tackle-hug*

YOUR effort in this, your prayers, all of you at Weta and Weta Digital... your belief in Peter and NZ has been staggering and glorious! I'm afraid that through all of these years, ya'll are one in my mind with Peter's film company. It's always been that way and always will be. You're brothers and sisters of honour and generous souls... to all of us.

Thank you for never wavering during this ridiculous threat and doing so much to save The Hobbit and NZ's film industry. YOU did it! Peter, Fran, Philippa, the Techs... All of you in NZ did it! Thank you... thank you....

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Oct 27 2010, 9:36am

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Thank you

for fighting to keep The Hobbit in New Zealand.
I'm really glad with the result.

Good luck the upcoming months with all the work that is coming your way.


Oct 27 2010, 9:43am

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Thank you

for fighting to keep the Hobbit in NZ.

So happy for all of you Cool

*big hugs* Heart

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Oct 27 2010, 9:45am

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Thanks to both of you! NZ IS the Middle-Earth

One Ring to rule them all,
one Ring to find them,
one Ring to bring them all,
and in darkness bind them!
Naur ann adriat ammin!
I have written Gandalf is here in signs that all can read from Rivendell to the mouths of Anduin.

Welcome back to Middle-Earth!!!

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Tol Eressea

Oct 27 2010, 9:57am

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And thank *you*

For your wonderful, wonderful work, and your efforts in keeping the films in NZ.

I'm getting no sleep tonight, but it does not matter... it's such a wonderful day.

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Oct 27 2010, 10:08am

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No, thank *you*!

You all worked so hard to keep the Hobbit in New Zealand, and I am so very happy that you got your happy end. No one deserves it more than the people in New Zealand. And I sincerely hope that was the last obstacle on the way to make these movies and from now on you can work in peace!

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Oct 27 2010, 10:17am

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You're very welcome...

and well done, and congratulations to all of you!


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Tol Eressea

Oct 27 2010, 10:18am

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Oh, our heartfelt thanks instead! *wiping tears of joy*

because of the great news quietly given too, that 'The Hobbit' stays in NZ!!! Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!...Evil

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Oct 27 2010, 10:46am

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Thank you!

For now it's drinks all around!

...then it's back to work! Wink

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Oct 27 2010, 10:59am

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Yes, thank you, Sir Richard, Tania and Weta!

Your work is inspiring!! Our family is so pleased the film production will remain in New Zealand (where it belongs!)!Smile

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Oct 27 2010, 1:31pm

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You guys are awesome!

Thank-you to Sir Richard and Tania, to everyone at WETA, to all those who who gave up their time to turn out at the rally's during the past week, the technicians and the artists....
Praise you with great praise.

Thank-you so much!

Tol Eressea

Oct 27 2010, 2:34pm

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Richard and Tania - so glad you'll be working on The Hobbit in New Zealand

look forward to seeing you work again in the "making of" footage. Smile

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Oct 27 2010, 2:43pm

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Thank You!



Oct 27 2010, 3:21pm

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Hurrah! The pieces are in place at last!

Thank you back, Sir Richard and Sir Peter! This is a major victory in the making of these films.

I'm so glad all the drama is over. I know it is something you folks never wanted, and now you can get on with what you've always wanted--to make the best films possible.

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Oct 27 2010, 7:50pm

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we had your back

and never doubted you could pull it off!

The Trees will have their revenge! And they will have it in glorious 2D!


Oct 27 2010, 9:47pm

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right back at ya

thank you for all your amazing efforts!!!!! On with the show!!!