Collaborative honour

Director, Peter Jackson, has been knighted by Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand, at an investiture ceremony in Wellington. Jackson’s knighthood was for services to the arts in New Zealand. “The truth is, making movies is not a solo effort, it involves hundreds of people, thousands of people so I feel as though I’m accepting it on behalf of the industry,” Jackson said. Jackson has risen from a maker of small-budget schlock-horror films to the heights of Hollywood. His crowning achievement remains the three-movie adaptation of Lord of the Rings, which transformed the rugged landscape of New Zealand into the Middle Earth of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic, spurring a real-life tourism industry along the way. The final movie in the trilogy won 11 Academy Awards. Jackson has gone on to remake King Kong, and his latest film is The Lovely Bones.


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Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

World Rugby talks to New Zealander Rikki Swannell about becoming the first female lead commentator on the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and her life in sports broadcasting. As an experienced…