Tourism New Zealand has played down media reports that claimed it had barred the haka and sheep from being filmed by overseas TV crews.
It was reported that following the filming of America’s Next Top Model in New Zealand in 2010, Tourism NZ had blacklisted the haka and sheep from being filmed in order to steer crews away from clichés.
Tourism NZ says the claim was taken out of context by certain media outlets.
In a statement made to NBR, Tourism NZ general manager of corporate affairs Chris Roberts confirmed that while the haka and sheep had been mentioned in their report on international media coverage of the country, they were never blacklisted subjects. Continue reading »