Paradise Lost?

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LAKE WAKATIPU, Sunday: A 257-hectare high-country station in Paradise Valley – a prized location for hundreds of commercials, movies, and TV shows since 1958 – is to be sold.

Interest (according to writer Debbie Jamieson in the Sunday Star-Times) in Arcadia Station is high, and the property is likely to fetch $15-20 million.

“The buyers will want to ‘improve’ it.”

It’s described by the real estate agents as “a special piece of land … the buyers will want to improve it”.

Which is exactly what the film sector is worried about. Producer William Grieve (owner of Big Pictures Auckland) told the newspaper: “This location is critical to the local industry.”

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