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NEW ZEALAND DEFENDS 'LORD OF THE RINGS'

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  • Joan Marie Verba
    NEW ZEALAND DEFENDS LORD OF THE RINGS After some Zew Zealand politicians criticized the pay of soldiers used in LOTR, Ananova follows up with this report:
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2001
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      NEW ZEALAND DEFENDS 'LORD OF THE RINGS'

      After some Zew Zealand politicians criticized the pay of soldiers used in
      LOTR, Ananova follows up with this report:

      The New Zealand army says using its soldiers to be hobbits or elves is just
      as patriotic as defending the country and provides valuable experience.
      The army has defended its decision to hire out about 100 soldiers to act as
      extras in battle scenes in the filming in New Zealand of Lord of the Rings.

      Opposition politician Ron Mark claims the film's producers have paid the
      army a derisory sum to use the soldiers for the classic tale of a war
      between good and evil. .

      Mr Mark, a former officer, says the military should be held accountable for
      what he claimed was exploitation.

      He said: "Taxpayers must be told why, at a time when the government can't
      afford to increase pay rates for junior ranks (soldiers) serving in East
      Timor, they are basically giving away soldiers' expertise to a film studio
      with deep pockets."

      The army says the soldiers received their regular pay and rejected claims
      by
      Mr Mark that the troops had been paid a paultry NZ $2.45 per hour.

      The whole exercise helped sharpen planning and logistics skills before
      troops were posted on United Nations' peacekeeping duties to East Timor, an
      army spokesman said.


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