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New Zealand assesses impact of filming incentive

New ZealandNew Zealand’s real gross domestic product (GDP) would shrink by nearly NZ$260m a year without the country’s filming incentive, a new report has found.

The study was delivered for the New Zealand Film Commission and found that production spending from American and Canadian shoots rose by nearly 70% in 2016 compared to the previous year, stimulated in part by New Zealand’s incentives.

Overall, New Zealand’s revenue from international production passed NZ$1bn in 2016 – the highest figure since 2008.

“This is the first time NZIER (New Zealand Institute of Economic Research) modelling has been applied to the screen industry and it shows the very positive contribution of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant to the New Zealand economy, and as such demonstrates it is an effective industry policy,” said Todd Krieble, principal economist at the NZIER.

The report also highlighted how international productions can help stimulate New Zealand’s production industry on a long-term basis.

Water tank facilities were set up near Auckland for the filming of mutant shark adventure movie The Meg – headlined by British action star Jason Statham and Chinese actor Li Bingbing – and were made permanent after the shoot as Kumeu Film Studios.

The industry report comes six months after the New Zealand government announced a further NZ$240m would be channelled into the country’s incentive package over the next four years. 

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in New Zealand.

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