Pounui Cameron’s New Pandora

“It was ultimately New Zealand’s contemporary film culture that persuaded [American filmmaker-adventurer] James Cameron to shift his work life, in stages, toward the Southern Hemisphere,” Pete Nikolaison writes for The New York Times. “New Zealand film crews, he said, have a freshness and flexibility he no longer finds in the United States. ‘They aren’t the sort of third-generation people you find working on soundstages in a very jaded Los Angeles,’ Cameron said. Cameron has spent an estimated $20 million to buy 1100 hectares of farmland around Lake Pounui. He arrives with the promise of not just an outsider’s eye but also a new national brand and a next wave of employment for hundreds of New Zealanders who are expected to work on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.”


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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…