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Old January 17th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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New Zealand - filming in public places

I'll shortly be visiting NZ. Does anyone know the laws/rules for filming in public places. I intend to use a tripod.

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Old January 17th, 2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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Hi David...................

I'm not aware that there are any, apart from the obvious "Don't cause an obstruction in the middle of the pavement in rush hour" type thing.

I think in theory most district & city councils have to have their palms greased (ie get a permit) when shooting "big budget" stuff but I've never had an issue no matter where I've shot or what I've shot with.

The preceeding also applies to Department of Conservation (DOC) land, of which there is a very great deal, but again, I've never had a problem.

The populace has got pretty well innured to people wandering the country shooting anything that moves (and an awefull lot that doesn't) and there isn't any of that "he might be a terrorist" bu**sh*t suffered overseas.

Just make sure your tripod is squeaky clean when you go through customs and immigration, else the Department of Agriculture bods will be all over you like a rash, same goes for shoes and camping gear (they're super sensitive about imported pests on/ in mud etc).

Oh, and don't put a banana in any of your bags/ pockets before leaving the UK. The smell persists for ever and it drives the sniffer dogs nuts.

Hope you enjoy your stay!


CS

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Really important stuff: you can buy your duty free coming into the country instead of lugging it half way across the planet, and you can import three bottles of spirits ditto, which is quite unusual.

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Old January 18th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #3
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Hi Chris

Thanks for the tips and good wishes; especially the reminder for a squeaky clean tripod.
How refreshing to hear that people with cameras are not viewed as terrorists, which is such a problem hereĖsomeone in a local small town even got stopped for photographing the Christmas lights strung across the High Street!
Itís a personal visit but Iím taking the opportunity to get some video of Auckland (where I grew up in the 1960s) and the far north.

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